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zoya@utexas.edu
512-471-7218
Office Location: PGE 5.108

Zoya Heidari

Associate Professor

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #1 in Petroleum Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Drilling and Completions
Formation Evaluation
Integrated Reservoir Characterization
Hydraulic Fracturing and Reservoir Geomechanics
Unconventional Resources
Petrophysics and Pore Scale Processes

Personal Website: https://zoyaheidari.net

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

M.Sc. in Biomechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2007

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2005

PGE Courses:

PGE 383: Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Reservoirs

PGE 385K: Advanced Multi-Well Formation Evaluation

PGE 358: Principles of Formation Evaluation

PGE337: Introduction to Geostatistics

PGE383: Rock Physics

PGE381L: Advanced Petrophysics

Research:

My research team develops new methods for reliable interpretation and integration of multi-scale (i.e., pore-scale, core-scale, and well-log-scale) formation data measured in the laboratory or in the subsurface in challenging formations such as organic-rich mudrocks and carbonate formations. The new unconventional methods include (a) laboratory measurement techniques and (b) interpretation techniques to characterize unconventional rocks, where conventional methods often fail. The research outcomes of my team improve evaluation of static and dynamic formation properties, which leads to enhanced reservoir characterization and production planning in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

Awards & Honors:

2020 SPWLA Young Professional Technical Award, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).

2019 UT PGE Departmental Faculty Award.

2019 SPE Distinguished Membership Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

2019 AIME Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).

2019 EAGE Arie van Weelden Award, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

2017 SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Medal

2016 SPE Regional Formation Evaluation Award (Gulf Coast North America and Southwest North America Regions), Society of Petroleum Engineers.

2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

2014 TEES Select Young Faculty Fellows award, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University.

2014 best paper poster award from the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).

2012 SPE Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar:

Jagadisan, A. and Heidari, Z. 2020. Effects of Thermal Maturity and Chemical Composition of Kerogen on its Dielectric Constant. Geophysics 85 (1): D53-D64. DOI: 10.1190/geo2018-0180.1.

Jagadisan, A. and Heidari, Z. 2020. Effect of Geochemical Properties on Wettability of Kerogen and Organic-rich Mudrocks. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 3 (2): 758 – 771. DOI: 10.2118/199356-PA.

Newgord, C., Garcia, A. P., and Heidari, Z. 2020. Joint Interpretation of Electrical Resistivity and T2 NMR Measurements To Estimate Wettability and Water Saturation. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 23 (2): 772 – 782. DOI: 10.2118/200499-PA.

Tandon, S. and Heidari, Z., 2019. Quantifying the Mechanisms Contributing to Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance Surface Relaxation of Protons in Kerogen Pores of Organic-Rich Mudrocks. SPE Journal 24 (6): 2438 – 2457. DOI: 10.2118/197063-PA.

Jagadisan, A. and Heidari, Z. 2019. Experimental Quantification of the Impact of Thermal Maturity of Kerogen on its Wettability. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 22 (4): 1323 – 1333. DOI: 10.2118/195684-PA.

Cheng, K. and Heidari, Z. 2019. A New Method for Quantifying Cation Exchange Capacity: Method Verification and Application to Organic-Rich Mudrock Formations. Applied Clay Science Journal 181. DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2019.105229.

Cheng, K. and Heidari, Z. 2019. A New Experimental Multi-Physics Method for Quantifying Cation Exchange Capacity of Shaly-Sand Formations. Applied Clay Science Journal 171: 100 – 109. DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2019.01.014.

Garcia, A. P. and Heidari, Z. 2018. Development of a Resistivity Model That Incorporates Quantitative Directional Connectivity and Tortuosity for Enhanced Assessment of Hydrocarbon Reserves. SPE Journal 23 (5): 1552 – 1565. DOI: 10.2118/181571-PA.

Garcia, A. P., Heidari, Z., and Rostami, A. 2018. A New Workflow for Improved Water-Saturation Assessment in Organic-Rich Mudrocks Honoring Rock Fabric. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 21 (4): 837 – 849. DOI: 10.2118/194199-PA.

Cheng, K. and Heidari, Z. 2018. A New Method for Quantifying Cation Exchange Capacity in Clay Minerals. Applied Clay Science Journal 161: 444 – 455. DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2018.05.006.

Purba, S. A., Garcia, A. P., and Heidari, Z. 2018. A New Hierarchical Method for Rock Classification Using Well-Log-Based Rock Fabric Quantification. Petrophysics 59 (5): 720–734. DOI:10.30632/PJV59N5-2018a10.

Newgord, C., Garcia, A. P., Rostami, A., and Heidari, Z. 2018. Improved Interpretation of Electrical Resistivity Measurements in Mixed-Wet Rocks: An Experimental Core-Scale Application and Model Verification. Petrophysics 59 (5): 703 – 718. DOI:10.30632/PJV59N5-2018a9

Garcia, A. P., Han, Y., and Heidari, Z. 2018. Integrated Workflow to Estimate Permeability through Quantification of Rock Fabric Using Joint Interpretation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electric Measurements. Petrophysics 59 (5): 672 – 693. DOI:10.30632/PJV59N5-2018a7.

Tandon, S. and Heidari, Z. 2018. Effect of Internal Magnetic-Field Gradients on Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance Measurements and Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance-Based Pore-Network Characterization. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 21 (3): 609 – 625. DOI: 10.2118/181532-PA.

Jagadisan, A., Yang, A., Heidari, Z. 2017. Experimental Quantification of the Impact of Thermal Maturity on Kerogen Density. Petrophysics 58 (6): 603 – 612.



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