Geomechanics Online Short Course

Date: May 28, 2020
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Online via RingCentral Meetings
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Presenters: Tom Bratton, Tom Bratton LLC, and Shannon Borchardt, SM Energy

In today’s economy, geomechanics plays a foundational role in the design and execution of every oilfield operation. Geomechanics supplies the solution to the most expensive drilling and completion disasters and guides the engineer to improved efficiencies and cost reductions. Every geoscientist needs to understand the basics of geomechanical modeling, and the supporting data and workflow, to influence financial and engineering decisions that contributes to your organization’s success. The goal of this workshop is to give the geoscientist an overview of this highly leveraged process with a focus on unconventional reservoirs.

We will offer this one-day virtual workshop in two sessions, a morning session and an afternoon session. An important part of the afternoon session will be an open discussion with the participants on their current challenges.


  • Members: $125
  • Non-members: $155 (includes 1-year membership to RMAG)
  • Students: $75 (limited to first 5 students to register)

Logistics Details:

  • Time: Morning session: 8:30-11:30am; afternoon session 12:30-4:30; the last hour will be open discussion. 
  • Venue: The class will be held online via the RingCentral Meetings app. The functionality is the same as Zoom. An access link and instructions for downloading the app will be sent out a few days before the class.
  • Refunds: Refunds will be issued up to one week before the class, May 21, 2020. If you find out you are unable to attend after this date, you may transfer your registration to another person, or you may transfer the registration fee to another event. Please contact the office for help with transferring your registration.
  • Students: We have a limited number (5) of discounted student registrations available for $75 each on a first come, first served basis. If you are a student member of RMAG, you may login and register. If you are a student but not an RMAG, please contact the RMAG Office for help with registering. The $75 registration fee includes a complimentary student membership. Thank you to the RMAG Foundation for subsidizing these registrations. 

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Tom Bratton, PhD
President, Tom Bratton LLC
Littleton, CO 80127

Tom Bratton is currently a consultant to the oil & gas industry. He started his career with Schlumberger, working in the field as a wireline engineer. He specialized in petrophysics, geophysics, and geomechanics with a broad base in drilling and completion engineering. While at Schlumberger, Tom helped develop the concept and industry introduction of the Mechanical Earth Model. He retired as a Scientific Advisor to Schlumberger’s senior management after leading Schlumberger’s technical communities on a global scale. After his Schlumberger career, he was a Visiting Professor and Research Associate in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. While at CSM, he enrolled as a graduate student and earned his PhD in Geophysics. Tom is a full member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), and the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA).

Shannon Borchardt
Geomechanics Specialist, SM Energy

Shannon Borchardt is currently a senior geomechanics specialist with SM Energy.   Shannon has fourteen years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  She is an expert in geomechanical modeling for drilling, hydraulic fracturing and reservoir characterization applications. She has participated in nearly fifty geomechanical projects with exposure to numerous unconventional domestic and international plays.  Shannon previously worked for Schlumberger for twelve years in technical, team leadership, and project management roles.   She earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute in 2016.   Shannon graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Master of Science in Geophysical Engineering in 2006.  She graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Geomechanics in 2004. 


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