2015 NSF Hydraulic Fracture Workshop

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Workshop Overview

The recent advances in hydraulic fracturing, in conjunction with horizontal drilling, have enabled large-scale extraction of natural gas from shale formations in the US, leading to the reduction of our reliance on gas and oil imports, concomitant with moving towards lower energy costs and a carbon-light environment. In spite of its enormous economic benefits, there is an urgent need for the development of improved fracturing fluids and methods to achieve better fracturing efficiency as well as minimize potential environmental impact.

The aim of this workshop will be to bring together professionals in academia, industry, and government in areas of hydraulic fracturing and environmental pollution to exchange ideas and discuss better methods of hydraulic fracturing and sustainable remedial technologies, and identify important directions in future development. The workshop objectives will be achieved through a series of keynote talks, presentations, and panel discussions, which are categorized into four sections:

1) Session 1: Development of better green hydraulic fracturing fluids

2) Session 2: Understanding and prediction of motion and fate of fracturing fluids

3) Session 3: Characteristics and behavior of fracturing fluids and green alternatives

4) Session 4: Sustainable remedial and containment technologies to reduce the environmental impact of fracturing fluids to ground and surface water.

Panel discussion- The role of geosynthetics in containing wastewater and mitigating contaminant transport

The workshop will promote research to address fracturing efficiency and mitigation of environmental impact issues related to hydraulic fracturing between experts from all sectors. It will set up a platform for people from industry, academia, and government to present their current research findings and exchange ideas for future development. The workshop will identify directions for the efforts of the research community to improve hydraulic fracturing and reduce the potential adverse effects of hydraulic shale fracturing on water quality. As products of the workshop, the final report along with publications of the workshop findings will benefit not only research community, but also a great number people in society long time after the workshop.

Date: April 20-21, 2015
Location: George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR  72204-1099
Room: Auditorium Room 142

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Lashun Thomas
Department of Construction Management & Civil and Construction Engineering
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Hansong Tang
Department of Civil Engineering
City College of New York
City University of New York

Workshop Steering Committee

Dr. Joseph Ryan
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Shobha Bhatia
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Syracuse University

Dr. Danny Reible
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
University of Texas – Austin

Dr. Paula Mouser
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
Ohio State University

Dr. Susan Brantley
Department of Geosciences
Pennsylvania State University

William Kappel, Hydrogeologist Emeritus
US Geological Survey
New York Water Science Center

Dr. Chloé Arson
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Dilhan Kalyon
Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Jeff Morris
Department of Chemical Engineering
City College of New York
City University of New York


The organizers and steering committee would like to thank Bruce Hamilton from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his support of this workshop.

NSFThis workshop is made possible by generous support from the National Science Foundation under award #1464062. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this web site do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.