On-Demand Course: Computational Geomechanics Using FLAC, FLAC3D, and UDEC

The main objective of this course is demonstrating the implementation of numerical modeling and geomechanics simulation in reservoir engineering. The course focuses on the practical applications of numerical modeling for simulation and analysis of geomechanics problems such as wellbore stability, geothermal analysis, flow analysis, and hydraulic fracturing. Several topics including elasticity and plasticity of the rock medium, constitutive models, stress distribution, and permeability considerations will be discussed. The simulation procedure of isotropic and transversely isotropic medium and faults and discontinuities will be presented. Commercial programs for geomechanics modeling will be introduced, and finite difference, finite element, and distinct element methods for numerical modeling will be described. Different software tools including FLAC, FLAC3D, and UDEC will be considered for conducting simulations.
COURSE OUTLINE
• Introduction to numerical modeling in geomechanics
• Introduction to finite element, finite difference, and distinct element modeling using FLAC, FLAC3D, UDEC, and 3DEC
• Constitutive models used for conventional and unconventional reservoirs
• Practical application of two-dimensional stress/strain wellbore stability analysis using FLAC
• Practical application of three-dimensional stress/strain wellbore stability analysis using FLAC3D
• Three-dimensional modeling and analysis of inclined wellbores using FLAC3D
• Wellbore stability analysis under drilling mud pressure using FLAC
• Flow analysis and permeability considerations
• Practical application of hydraulic fracturing and fluid injection into porous medium using UDEC
• Discontinuity and faults modeling in underground reservoirs
• Geothermal analysis of underground reservoirs using FLAC
COURSE FORMAT
On-Demand Course
Class videos and materials will be provided to participants for a two-month period. Class homework problems will be assigned to participants. Also, at the end of the course, multiple-choice exam will be assigned to the participant. Upon completion of the course outline and requirements, certificate will be awarded. 

DURATION
16 hours

FEES
Registration Fee: $1,200
25% discount for students*
*Please email the scan of your student ID and course title to [email protected]
to receive your student discount coupon

CERTIFICATE
Mohr Academy Certificate will be awarded to the participants upon successful completion of the course requirements.
The certificate includes 15 PDH’s (Professional Development Hours) 

TOOLS USED
FLAC: 2D Finite Difference Analysis
FLAC3D: 3D Finite Difference Analysis
UDEC: 2D Distinct Element Analysis 

Course Developer & Instructor

SIAVASH ZAMIRAN, Ph.D., P.E.
Geotechnical Engineer
Dr. Zamiran is a geotechnical and geomechanics engineer with over ten years of industry and academic experience in different geotechnical and petroleum engineering disciplines. Currently, Dr. Zamiran is a Senior Project Engineer at MEA Inc. and an adjunct professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has held multiple short courses and workshops in the area of computational geotechnics and geomechanics including courses in different institutions such as California Institute of Technology, University of North Dakota, Southern Illinois University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. His areas of expertise includes computational geotechnics and geomechanics, wellbore stability, reservoir geomechanics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and buried pipeline geohazard investigations. 
Dr. Zamiran is currently a member of ASCE Geo-Institute Computational Geotechnics Committee. He is the winner of national ASCE Edmund Friedman Award in 2019 and ASCE St. Louis Young Engineer Award in 2018.  

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