Technical Papers:

The course is conducted mostly with the use of technical papers. Electronic copies of papers on "Naturally Fractured Reservoirs" will  be available free of charge to students registered in this course through the University of Calgary library. 

Reference Material (You do not have to purchase these materials. You will be able to review them in the library as needed):

"Naturally Fractured Reservoirs" by Dr. Roberto Aguilera, PennWell Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1st Edition (1980), 2nd Edition (1995).

"Geologic Analysis of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs" by Ronald A. Nelson, 2nd. edition, Gulf Professional Publishing Co. imprint of Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn (MA). (2001).

"Advances in the Study of Fractured Reservoirs" edited by G. H. Spence, J. Redfern, R. Aguilera, T. G. Bevan, J. W. Cosgrove, G. D. Couples and J. M. Daniel, Geological Sociery Special Publication 374, London, England (2014).

"Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Exploitation." Editor-in-Chief and Co-author: Roberto Aguilera, SPE publication (2018).

Selected papers

Dates (tentative):

Friday: 3:30 to 6:20 PM, Room ENG 230 

Projects and Assignments

Each student must prepare a term paper (or some other project) that is due 1 week previous to the final exam. The topic must be chosen by the third class at the latest. 


There will be one mid-term and one final examination. The mid-term will be 2 hours long. The final examination generally includes a take-home portion and a segment that is written in the classroom. There will be 10-minute quizzes most weeks typically between 3:30 and 3:40 PM. There will be several assignments. The use of hand-held pocket calculators will be permitted during the open book part of quizzes and examinations. Lap tops are not allowed during quizzes and examinations.

Final Grades

The final grades will be determined on the basis of the student's performance in quizzes, assignments, term paper and the written examinations according to the following distribution:

Quizzes and assignments - 15%
Term Paper - 15%
Mid-term examination - 30%
Final examination - 40%


January 15 - First day of lectures  
February 26- Mid-term Examination (tentative)
Final Examination (definitive date to be arranged by Registrars office)