Research area

Hydrocarbon reservoir properties and processes


Apply advanced techniques and develop new models to determine the geotechnical behavior of clay shales, shale rocks, oil sands and gas hydrate bearing soils that will enable efficient extraction of hydrocarbons from reservoirs.

Project examples: 

  • Behaviour of clay shale as caprock at elevated temperatures and pressures in heavy oil  thermal recovery processes
  • Impact of hydrate production on behavior of hydrate-bearing sand reservoirs
  • Developing constitutive-level models to describe the behavior of hydrate-bearing sandy soils
  • The stochastic characterization and modelling of discrete fracture networks for induced seismicity assessment

Researchers: ​​​​​Jocelyn Hayley, Jeff Priest, Richard Wan, Ron Wong