1st International Workshop on Rock Physics, August 7 – 12, 2011, Colorado School of Mines

The 1st International Workshop on Rock Physics was the first in a biennial series of international workshops on rock physics. The workshop took place at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, August 7 - 12, 2011. The next workshop (2IWRP) in the series will be held during 2013 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Program Content

Rock Physics is a key component in oil and gas exploration, development and production. It combines concepts and principles from geology, geophysics, petrophysics, applied mathematics and other disciplines.  Rock physics provides the empirical relationships, understanding and theory to connect elastic properties, measured at the surface of the earth, within the borehole environment or in the laboratory, to the intrinsic properties of rocks, such as mineralogy, porosity, pore shapes, pore fluids, pore pressures, permeability, viscosity, stresses and overall architecture such as laminations and fractures. Rock physics is needed to optimize all imaging and reservoir characterization solutions based on elastic data.
Topics addressed in the workshop included:
  • Laboratory rock physics: methods and analyses
  • Rock physics of reservoir rocks: Clastic and Carbonates
  • Rock physics for unconventional (oil and gas shales) and fractured rocks
  • Mudrock rock physics and application to pore pressure prediction and improving the link between burial history and rock physics
  • Rock physics for 4D – reservoir and non-reservoir modeling
  • Numerical and theoretical rock physics models
  • Anisotropy, Frequency dependence, scale dependence, upscaling and integration
  • Transferring rock physics knowledge and technology to asset teams


Sunday: Icebreaker: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Golden Hotel (Creekside Patio)
Monday: Check-in 7:30 am – 8:30 am, Workshop 8:30 am – 5:00 pm - Agenda, Reception 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: Workshop 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: BBQ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Lions Park, Golden
Thursday afternoon: Vote on location of 2IWRP
Friday: visit the Niobrara quarry - see recent AAPG field trip notes for details of the "Niobrara Formation, northern Colorado Front Range: an outcrop analog for shale gas resource plays throughout the US"


Colorado School of Mines
Ben Parker Student Center
Ballrooms (Upstairs)
1600 Maple Street
Golden, Colorado 80401


Gold Level $5000

Exxon Mobil Upstream Research

Ikon Science Americas

Silver Level $3000

BHP Billiton Petroleum
Chevron Energy Technology Company
Lundin Petroleum
Nexen Petroleum USA


Bronze Level $1000

DHI Consortium - Rose & Associates


Norwegian Geotechnical Institute