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Geopressure 2020: Managing uncertainty in geopressure by integrating geoscience and engineering

24 - 26 March 2020
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Event type:
Conference, Field Trip, Specialist Group, Social Event
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Petroleum Group
Durham University
Event status:
Programme available soon

The organisers invite contributions within any aspect of geopressure but are particularly interested in the various phases of pore fluid pressure prediction, modelling and overpressure evaluation to manage uncertainty during the life cycle of a well. Suggested themes and sessions include:

  • Pore pressure and stress, especially complex stress regimes
  • Impact of machine learning on PPFG
  • Well engineering and PPFG
  • Injecting fluids underground (including CO2)
  • Coupling of pore pressure and FG including depletion and closing the drilling window
  • Seal capacity and relationship with PPFG
  • PPFG issues in mature basins (including abandonment/decommissioning)
  • Classic case studies, including Macondo and LUSI mud volcano
  • Pore pressure as an exploration and prospectivity tool
  • Geopressure in mature basins – lessons learnt
  • Pore pressure in active tectonic basins
  • Unconventional stress regimes 


24 March 2020: Field Trip

Led by Richard Swarbrick and Jack Lee to North Yorkshire

25-26 March 2020: Conference

Durham University

Organising committee

Stuart Jones, Durham University

Nick Pierpoint, GWP Consulting

Richard Swarbrick, Swarbrick GeoPressure Consultancy Limited and Durham University

Scientific programme coordinators

Tom Sinclair, Shell

Beth Stump, Chevron

Stephen O’Connor, Global Geopressure Advice

Binh Nguyen, JX Nippon

Rick Lahann, Indiana University


Registration for the Conference is now open. Please register online, or download the registration form and return to Sarah Woodcock.

Registration for the Field Trip will open soon


Durham University is the third oldest University in England and has been a leading European centre for learning for over 1,000 years. Durham has a well-established history of study into high pressure systems through GeoPOP – an internationally recognised multidisciplinary research group funded by the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, and associated research programmes. GeoPressure2020 will be the fourth international conference on this topic held at Durham University (previously in 1995, 2008 and 2015).

The conference venue, the Calman Learning Centre, is in the centre of the science campus at Durham University. It offers state-of-the-art conference facilities and affords excellent views over Durham city and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Durham Cathedral and Castle.


Durham City offers a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets and ensuite accommodation is available at Durham University Collingwood College at preferential rates. Hotels and university accommodation are all within easy walking distance of the Durham University conference venue, the Calman Learning Centre.


Registration rates

£ 200.00
£ 300.00
£ 200.00
£ 200.00
£ 200.00
£ 50.00

Geolsoc Contact

Sarah Woodcock

Geological Society of London
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

Event sponsors