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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

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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


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:

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, May 2016.

2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, July 2015.

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

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

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

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar:

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

Garcia, A. P., Heidari, Z., and Rostami, A. 2017. Improved Assessment of Hydrocarbon Saturation in Mixed-Wet Rocks with Complex Pore Structure. Petrophysics 58 (5): 454 – 469.

Valdes, C. C., and Heidari, Z. 2017. Application of Nanoindentation for Uncertainty Assessment of Elastic Properties in Mudrocks at Micro-scale and Well-log Domains. Geophysics 82 (6): D327 – D339. DOI:10.1190/geo2016-0545.1.

Cheng, K. and Heidari, Z. 2017. Pore-Network Connectivity and Permeability Assessment by Use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Log-Inject-Log Method. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 20 (4): 831 – 838. DOI: 10.2118/175066-PA

Chen, H. and Heidari, Z. 2018. Effect of Water Salinity and Water-Filled Pore Volume on High-Frequency Dielectric Measurements in Porous Media. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 21 (1): 202 – 214. DOI: 10.2118/186095-PA.

Yang, A., Firdaus, G., and Heidari, Z. 2016. Electrical Resistivity and Chemical Properties of Kerogen Isolated from Organic-Rich Mudrocks. Geophysics 81 (6): D643 – D655. DOI: 10.1190/geo2016-0071.1

Aderibigbe, A., Valdes, C. C., and Heidari, Z. 2016. Integrated Rock Classification in the Wolfcamp Shale based on Reservoir Quality and Anisotropic Stress Profile Estimated from Well Logs. Interpretation 4 (2): SF1 – SF18. DOI: 10.1190/INT-2015-0138.1

Aderibigbe, A., Chen Valdes, C., Heidari, Z., and Fuss-Dezelic, T. 2017. Mechanical-Damage Characterization in Proppant Packs by Use of Acoustic Measurements. SPE Production & Operations Journal 32 (2): 168 – 176. DOI: 10.2118/181763-PA

Chen, H. and Heidari, Z. 2016. Pore-Scale Joint Evaluation of Dielectric Permittivity and Electrical Resistivity for Assessment of Hydrocarbon Saturation Using Numerical Simulations. SPE Journal 21 (6): 1930 – 1942. DOI: 10.2118/170973-PA

Chi, L. and Heidari, Z. 2016. Directional-Permeability Assessment in Formations with Complex Pore Geometry With a New Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance-Based Permeability Model. SPE Journal 21 (4): 1436 – 1449. DOI: 10.2118/179734-PA

Chi, L., Cheng, K., and Heidari, Z. 2016. Improved Assessment of Interconnected Porosity in Multiple-Porosity Rocks by Use of Nanoparticle Contrast Agents and Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance Relaxation Measurements. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation 19 (1): 95 – 107. DOI: 10.2118/170792-PA