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  • Induced Seismicity Consortium (ISC) Annual Review Meeting 2015
    The annual Induced Seismicity Consortium (ISC) meeting will be held on December 7, 2015 at Ronald Tutor Hall at the University of Southern California (USC). The organizations represented at the meeting include speakers from USC as well as external speakers. Jonathan Bishop (Chief Deputy Director, California Water Resources), keynote speaker for the Luncheon at the ISC…
  • Japan Oil, Gas and Metal National Corporation (JOGMEC) Delegation visits USC
    On January 24th, 2018, USC Global Energy Network (GEN) hosted a workshop on USC’s past work on the Monterey Shale for a delegation from Japan Oil, Gas and Metal National Corporation (JOGMEC). The JOGMEC delegation comprised of Sunao Takagi, Director of Unconventional Oil & Gas Technology Division, and Shigehiro Kitamura, Geologist for Unconventional Oil &…
  • Mehran Hosseini successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation
    Mehran Hosseini successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on "Assessing Induced Seismicity Rate Increase Based on Deterministic and Probabilistic Modeling". His dissertation addresses key questions surrounding earthquakes related to wastewater disposal. Mehran's publications previously have been featured in LA Times, Times Magazine and Fortune Magazine. Through the model and simulator developed during the course of his…
  • Professor Lotfi Zadeh Memorial
    On October 26, GEN in collaboration with several other organizations held a memorial celebrating the life of Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Fuzzy Logic. Prof. Aminzadeh made a brief presentation about  Zadeh, focusing on the impact of his work on oil and gas exploration and production.  This was followed by a few brief personal recollections of Dr. Noman Zada about…
  • Turkish University President Visits USC
    Prof. Dr. Mehmet BULUT, President and Director of İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (SZU) visits USC. He was accompanied by Dr. Omer OZBEK the Secretary General of the university. They held discussions with Dr. Raghu Raghavendra, Vice Dean, Prof. Iraj Ershaghi, Director of USC Petroleum Engineering Program and Prof. Aminzadeh, Managing Director USC Global Energy Network…
  • Upcoming Short Course on Advanced Geophysical and Geomechanical methods for Fracture Characterization and Induced Seismicity (July 17 - 18)
    The Reservoir Monitoring Consortium and Induced Seismicity Consortium at the University of Southern California will be organizing a short course titled “Advanced Geophysical and Geomechanical methods with Applications to Fracture Characterization and Induced Seismicity” on July 17 and July 18. The goal is to develop an effective scientific understanding of seismicity analysis, reservoir characterization, reservoir…
  • Upcoming Short Course on Advanced Geophysical and Geomechanical methods for Fracture Characterization and Induced Seismicity ( July 17 - 18)
    The Reservoir Monitoring Consortium and Induced Seismicity Consortium at the University of Southern California will be organizing a short course titled “Advanced Geophysical and Geomechanical methods with Applications to Fracture Characterization and Induced Seismicity” on July 17 and July 18. The goal is to develop an effective scientific understanding of seismicity analysis, reservoir characterization, reservoir…
  • Kuwait Oil Company Delegation visit USC
    A delegation from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) visits USC. The KOC delegation discussed the opportunities for collaboration with different USC entities.  This included potential work with USC Global Energy Network (GEN) and possible membership at the USC Reservoir Monitoring Consortium (RMC). KOC delegation was comprised of Mohammad Abdulwahab Al-Qenaei, Manager of KOC R&D, Abdullah Eid…
  • Kuwait Oil Company Delegation visit USC
    A delegation from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) visits USC. The KOC delegation discussed the opportunities for collaboration with different USC entities.  This included potential work with USC Global Energy Network (GEN) and possible membership at the USC Reservoir Monitoring Consortium (RMC). KOC delegation was comprised of Mohammad Abdulwahab Al-Qenaei, Manager of KOC R&D, Abdullah Eid…
  • GEN Researcher Features in Journal of Petroleum Technology
    Research work of USC alumnus Wennan Long (MS 2016) and Dr. Aminzadeh of USC Global Energy Network has been featured in the Journal of Petroleum Technology, Vol.69, No.5. To access the paper, click here Please visit the following link to access the JPT article.  https://www.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-article-detail/?art=2923
  • GEN Researcher Featured in Journal of Petroleum Technology
    Research work of USC alumnus Wennan Long (MS 2016) and Dr. Aminzadeh of USC Global Energy Network has been featured in the Journal of Petroleum Technology, Vol.69, No.5. To access the paper, click here Please visit the following link to access the JPT article.  https://www.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-article-detail/?art=2923
  • DOGGR Participates as an Observer with USC GEN Program
    Southern District of the California State Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has joined the USC GEN program as an “observer” participant.  The DOGGR hopes to benefit from the technical discussions of many topics, including hydraulic fracturing, mini-fracs, step-rate injection tests, induced seismicity, and wellbore integrity.  The division also hopes to be an active…
  • Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Robert Balch
    Reservoir Monitoring Consortium (RMC) and Induced Seismicity Consortium (ISC) will be hosting a presentation on “The Intersection of Environment and EOR: How Carbon Capture is Changing Tertiary Recovery” by Dr. Robert Balch, Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology on March 30th. Abstract is available here
  • Students Associated with USC GEN/RMC Win Chevron Engineering Week Competition
    Chevron Annual Engineering Week Competition focused on providing solutions with advance technologies for operation practices. One key challenge is to address gas flaring in oilfield operations with tremendous environmental implication. The winning team, comprised of Ph.D. and Master's students (most associated with the USC GEN/RMC)   won the 1st place. Their Lean Green Operation (LGO) implemented the needed green…
  • Students Associated with USC GEN/RMC Win Chevron Engineering Week Competition
    Chevron Annual Engineering Week Competition focused on providing solutions with advance technologies for operation practices. One key challenge is to address gas flaring in oilfield operations with tremendous environmental implication. The winning team, comprised of Ph.D. and Master's students (most associated with the USC GEN/RMC)   won the 1st place. Their Lean Green Operation (LGO) implemented the needed green…
  • Dr. Rashid Javanshir joins the USC Global Energy Network Advisory Board
    Dr. Rashid Javanshir is a former top BP executive. His last job at BP was Senior VP for Strategy & Integration in Global Upstream, London (2012 – 2015).  He served as Regional President for Azerbaijan - Georgia – Turkey, where he was leading one of the largest business units in BP with up to million…
  • Mini-Workshop on Mini-Frac with California DOGGR
    USC Global Energy Network (GEN) hosted a workshop on Mini-Frac (MF) and Step Rate Test (SRT). Representatives from California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal (conservation.ca.gov/dog) visited USC to discuss some of their experience with the important topics of MF and SRT. The group included Daniel Dudak,  District Deputy, Scott McGurk and Scott Walker (supervisors) and several…
  • A comprehensive study on Fractured Rock Permeability Variations Evaluation form Seismic Velocity Changes using a Coupled Simulation Scheme
    Mahshad Samnejad, PhD candidate, presented a comprehensive study on 'Fractured Rock Permeability Variations Evaluation form Seismic Velocity Changes using coupled simulation of flow, mechanics and fracture' as part of her pre-qualifying exam. The current work is an effort to study variations occurring in the fractured rock permeability, and consequently pressure and stress distribution, as a result of…
  • Faculty of Petroleum Engineering and USC SPE Student Chapter organize Orientation Program for Incoming Students
    Petroleum engineering program of Mork Family Department along with the SPE Chapter at USC arranged an orientation program for the incoming students which was held on 31st August in EEB 132. To introduce students to the research consortia at USC, Faculty of Petroleum Engineering spoke briefly on research facilities and opportunities for the new and continuing students.…
  • Baker Hughes Representatives Visit USC
    Dr. Birendra Jha hosted a meeting attended by Mr. Rustom Mody, Vice President and Chief Engineer of Enterprise Technology at Baker Hughes and Mr. Sachin Ghorpade, Business Development Engineer of Baker Hughes on August 17th. Prof. Ershaghi started the meeting with an overview of the USC Petroleum Engineering Program. Prof. Aminzadeh highlighted USC Global Energy Network (GEN) and…