Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Jon Olson

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Associate Professor

Phone: (512) 471-7375, (512) 471-3161
Office: CPE 5.168B, CPE 2.502

Research Areas: Reservoir Geomechanics, Hydraulic Fracturing, Naturally Fractured Reservoir Characterization, Unconventional Resources

Educational Qualifications:

B.S., Civil Engineering, B.S., Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 1984, magna cum laude

Ph.D., Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University, 1991.

PGE Courses Taught:

PGE 334 (Reservoir geomechanics)

PGE 301 (Engineering, energy, the environment)

PGE 301 (Laboratory)

PGE 379 (Hydraulic fracture design and evaluation)

Research: My research focuses on rock mechanics issues in the petroleum industry, most recently including hydraulic fracturing from horizontal wells and in natural fractured reservoirs (e.g., shale), shear-enhanced permeability due to deformation in heavy oil reservoirs stimulated by steam injection, modeling production from unconventional gas and oil reservoirs, wellbore stability and reservoir compaction and subsidence. I also continue to do some work in quantitative structural geology.

Awards & Honors:

AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, 2007-2008 tour.

Michel T. Halbouty ’30 Visiting Chair in Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University, Fall 2005.

Anadarko Fellowship #2 in Petroleum Engineering.

Highlighted Publications:

Dahi-Taleghani, Arash, Olson, J.E., 2011, “Numerical modeling of multi-stranded hydraulic fracture

propagation: accounting for the interaction between induced and natural fractures”, SPE Journal.

Park, N., Olson, J.E., and Holder, J., 2010 (June), “The Application of Stress Corrosion Cracking to Time Dependent Shale Stability”, SPE Drilling and Completions.

Bryant, Steven L. and Olson, Jon E., 2010 (March), “Training carbon management engineers: removing a major hurdle for geologic CO2 storage by increasing educational capacity”, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

Olson, J.E., Laubach, S.E., and Lander, R.H., 2009 (Nov.), “Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: Integrating mechanics and diagenesis”, AAPG Bulletin.

Philip, Zeno, Jennings, James, Olson, Jon, Laubach, Stephen and Holder, Jon, 2005, “Modelinh Coupled Fracture-Matrix Fluid Flow in Geomechanically Simulated Fracture Networks,” SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, v. 8(4), p. 300-309.

Olson, Jon E., 2003, "Sublinear scaling of fracture aperture versus length: an exception or the rule?," Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108(B9), Art. No. 2413.

Du, Jing, and Olson, Jon E., 2001, “A poroelastic reservoir model for predicting subsidence and mapping subsurface pressure fronts,” Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, v. 30, p. 181-197.

Holder, Jon, Olson, Jon E., and Philip, Zeno, 2001, “Experimental determination of subcritical crack growth parameters in sedimentary rock,” Geophysical Research Letters, p. 599-602.

Hennings, Peter H., Olson, Jon E., and Thompson, L. B., 2000, "Combining Outcrop and 3-D Structural Modeling to Characterize Fractured Reservoirs: An Example from Wyoming," American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, p. 830-849.

Blanton, T. L. and Olson, J. E., 1999, "Stress Magnitudes from Logs: Effects of Tectonic Strains and Temperature," SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, pg 62-68.