Technical Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2015
MacNeil, A.J. 2015. Petrophysical Characterization of Bitumen-Saturated Karsted Carbonates: Case study of the multi-billion barrel Upper Devonian Grosmont Formation, northern Alberta, Canada. Petrophysics.

2014
Russel-Houston, J. and K. Gray. 2014. Paleokarst in the Grosmont Formation and Reservoir Implications, Saleski Alberta. Interpretation. Vol. 2, No. 3 (August 2014); p. 29-50.

2013
Yuan, J., and D. Nugent 2013. “Subcool, Fluid Productivity, and Liquid Level Above a SAGD Producer.” Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology 52 (September): 360–67.

2011
Yuan, J., J. Chen, G. Pierce, B. Wiwchar, H. Golbeck, X. Wang, G. Beaulieu, and S. Cameron. 2011. “Noncondensable Gas Distribution in SAGD Chambers.” Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology 50 (March): 11–20.

Yuan, J. and R. Mcfarlane. 2011. “Evaluation of Steam Circulation Strategies for SAGD Startup.” Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology 50 (1): 20–32.

2010
Jiang, Q., B. Thornton, J. Russel-Houston,  and S. Spence. 2010. Review of Thermal Recovery Technologies for the Clearwater and Lower Grand Rapids Formations in the Cold Lake Area in Alberta. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 49, 2-13.

Jiang, Q., J. Yuan, J. Russel-Houston, B. Thornton, and A. Squires. 2010. Evaluation of recovery technologies for the Grosmont carbonate reservoirs. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 49, 56-64.

Invited Articles (not peer reviewed)

2015
Willmer, T., and G. Quinn, 2015.  Characterization of the Albian Lower Grand Rapids Formation, Cold Lake, Alberta: Recorder, v. 40, no.1, p. 26-36.

Invited Technical Presentations

2014
Russel-Houston, J.* 2014. Historical Review of the Alberta Carbonate Triangle, Devonian to Modern. Presentation. Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Society Petroleum Engineering.

Hosseininejad, M *,  and K. Qin. 2014. 40 Months of the Saleski Pilot History: Observations and Evolving Understanding of Thermal Operations in the Grosmont Part 2: Cyclic Phase.  Presentation, Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Society Petroleum Engineering.

Jiang, Q.* 2014. Exploiting Grosmont Carbonate Resources: from Reservoir and Pilot Understanding to Commercial Development. Presentation, Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Society Petroleum Engineering.

MacNeil, A.J.* 2014. Accurate Petrophysical Characterization of Bitumen-Saturated Dolostones in the Grosmont Formation. Presentation, Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Society Petroleum Engineering.

Qin, K*, and M. Hosseininejad. 2014. 40 Months of the Saleski Pilot History: Observations and Evolving Understanding of Thermal Operations in the Grosmont Part 1: SAGD Period.  Presentation, Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Society Petroleum Engineering.

Quinn, G.* and B. Hayes.  2014. Lower Grand Rapids bitumen pools at Cold Lake, Alberta – Variation in Stratigraphic Setting and Depositional Environments.  CSPG Geoconvention Core Conference Abstract.

Quinn, G.* and T. Willmer.  2014.  Shoreface and Fluvial Reservoirs in the Lower Grand Rapids Formation, Taiga Project, Cold Lake Oil Sands. CSPG Geoconvention Core Conference Abstract.

Russel-Houston, J.* 2014. Historical Review of the Alberta Carbonate Triangle, Devonian to Modern. Presentation. Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Society Petroleum Engineering.

Tomlinson, A.* 2014. Engaging Taiga Project Stakeholders by using 3D visualization and time. ESRI International User Conference. San Diego.

2013
Jiang, Q.* 2013. Canada’s Next Major Oil Sands Resources Play: Grosmont Carbonate. Presentation, Sino-Canada Oil and Gas Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

Jiang, Q.* 2013. Co-injection of Steam and Non-Condensible Gas (NCG) for SAGD. APEGA SAGD Forum, Edmonton, Alberta

MacNeil, A.J.* 2013. Reservoir Characterization of Fractured, Vuggy Carbonates – important aspects for understanding the Grosmont and Nisku Formations of Northern Alberta. Luncheon Series Presentation, Energy Regulator and Conservation Board, Government of Alberta.

Yuan, J.* 2013. “Non-Condensable Gas in SAGD.” In Brion Energy Technical Meeting, Calgary.

Yuan, J.*, and D. Nugent. 2013. “Sub-Cool, Fluid Productivity, and Liquid Level above a SAGD Producer.” In Oil Sands & Heavy Oil Technologies; July 24, 2013, Calgary, Alberta.

2012
Jiang, Q.* 2012. Grosmont Carbonate Development and Saleski JV Pilot Update. Presentation, Petro-China and Canada Heavy Oil Symposium. Calgary, Alberta.

Quinn, G,* 2012. Where the sand came from and why it matters for sand control. Thermal Sand Control Workshop, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

2011
Jiang, Q.* and A. Squires. 2011. Development of Commercial Recovery Technologies for the Grosmont Carbonate Reservoirs. Presentation, Unconventional Oil and Gas, Chongqing, China.

2010

Abrams, A.*, and J. Russel-Houston.* 2010. A Different Perspective: An Underground Well Recovery System to Commercially Develop the Grosmont Formation. Beer and Chat Technical Presentation Series. Canadian Heavy Oil Association

Russel-Houston, J*., A. Abrams*, and P. Putnam. 2010. How an underground approach to commercial bitumen development of the Grosmont Formation could maximize profitability and minimize environmental footprint. CSPG Technical Luncheon Presentation. Reservoir (February 2010), 37(2):11

Russel-Houston, J.*, and J. Yuan*. 2010. “The Potential of Grosmont Carbonates and the Path for Realizing It.” In SPE Technical Luncheon, Sept. 22, 2010, Edmonton.

* denotes Presenter

Technical Presentations

2016
Rabbani, A.*, D.R. Schmitt, Z. Wang, X. Chen, O.Ong, J. Nycz, K.A. Gray, 2016.  Rock Physics of Bitumen Saturated Carbonates. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition, Calgary, Canada.  Abstract.

MacNeil, A.J.*, K. Gray, K. Fraser, K. Qin, 2016. The Importance of Detailed Flow Unit Assessment for Modeling Carbonate Reservoir Performance – Insight from the Bitumen-Saturated Grosmont Formation. American Association Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

Fraser, K.*, D. Nugent, J. Russel-Houston, S. Christensen, , K. Gray, 2016. Critical Factors for Optimum SAGD Well Placement and Liner Design in Lithic Sandstones. American Association Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

Gray, K.A.*, W. Wei, K.H.A. Fraser, T.M. Willmer. 2016. Repeat Seismic Insights into Clearwater SAGD Production at Orion Cold Lake. GeoConvention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

2015
Gray, K.A.*, A..J. MacNeil, and K. Qin. 2015. Integrated Thermal Reservoir Characterization: The Grosmont Formation at Saleski, Alberta, Canada.  AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Denver.  Abstract.

Fraser, K.*, A.J. MacNeil, J.Jamison, 2015. A Novel Approach for Polygenetic Fracture Characterization in the Upper Devonian Grosmont Formation. Inaugural CSPG-SEPM Mountjoy Carbonate Meeting Core Conference, Calgary, Canada, Abstract.

MacNeil, A.J. 2015. Quiescence and Catastrophe – the accumulation of stratiform breccia deposits with examples from the Upper Ireton Formation (Devonian) and Mission Canyon Formation (Mississippian). CSPG-SEPM Mountjoy Carbonate Meeting Core Conference, Calgary, Canada.

MacNeil, A.J., K. Gray, K. Fraser, K. Qin, 2015. High-resolution delineation of reservoir units and controls on reservoir performance in the Grosmont Formation. CSPG-SEPM Mountjoy Carbonate Meeting, Banff, Canada.

MacNeil, A.J. and J. Russel-Houston, 2015. Canmore and the Devonian at Grassi Lakes. Inaugural CSPG-SEPM Mountjoy Carbonate Meeting Field Trip #4 Guidebook.

2014

Quinn, G.* and B. Hayes.  2014. Lower Grand Rapids bitumen pools at Cold Lake, Alberta – Variation in Stratigraphic Setting and Depositional Environments.  CSPG Geoconvention Core Conference Abstract.

Quinn, G.* and T. Willmer.  2014.  Shoreface and Fluvial Reservoirs in the Lower Grand Rapids Formation, Taiga Project, Cold Lake Oil Sands. CSPG Geoconvention Core Conference Abstract.

Tomlinson, A.* 2014. Engaging Taiga Project Stakeholders by using 3D visualization and time. ESRI International User Conference. San Diego.

Willmer, T.M..*, G. Quinn. 2014. An Integrated Approach to Identify and Characterize Bitumen Bearing Reservoir Facies within the Complex Stratigraphic Framework of the Lower Grand Rapids Formation. GeoConvention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

MacNeil, A.J.*, J. Russel-Houston, and M. Mallamo. & 2014. Devonian Vuggy Carbonates at Grassi Lakes, Canmore, Alberta. SPE Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop Fieldtrip Guidebook.

MacNeil, A.J.* 2014. Stratiform Breccias in the Mississippian Mission Canyon Formation (Montana) as an Analogue for Understanding Bitumen-Saturated Breccias in the Grosmont-Upper Ireton Formations, Canada. Poster. American Association Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention. Houston.

MacNeil, A.J.*, J. Russel-Houston, and M. Mallamo. 2014. Devonian Vuggy Carbonates at Grassi Lakes, Canmore, Alberta. SPE Unlocking Alberta’s Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop Fieldtrip Guidebook.

Wilkinson, K., R. Bale*, and K. Gray. 2014. Predicting Free Surface Multiples without the Water : SRME on Land. Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Annual Joint Convention, Calgary.

Willmer, T.M..*, and G. Quinn. 2014. An Integrated Approach to Identify and Characterize Bitumen Bearing Reservoir Facies within the Complex Stratigraphic Framework of the Lower Grand Rapids Formation. GeoConvention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

2013
Chen, J., J. Donald, H. Huang, J. MacDonald*, Q. Jiang, M. Rabin, and J. Yuan. 2013. “Determination of Thermal Conductivity of Carbonate Cores.” In SPE Heavy Oil Conference Canada 2013. Calgary, AB: Society of Petroleum Engineers. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/165460-MS.

Jiang, Qi *, D. Nugent, and K. Meyer. 2013. “SAGD Development Strategy for Concurrent Production of Two Vertically Stacked Clastic Reservoirs.” In Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference. Society of Petroleum Engineers. 10.2118/149007-MS.

MacNeil, A.J. 2013.* Recognizing Potential in the Bitumen Saturated Dolostones of the Upper Devonian Nisku Formation through Comparison with the Grosmont Formation. Poster/Core Presentation. GeoConvention (Calgary).

MacNeil, A.*, J. Russel-Houston, and K. Gray. 2013. Recognizing Potential in the Bitumen-Saturated Dolostones of the Upper Devonian Nisku Formation Through Comparison with the Grosmont Formation. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Core Conference. Abstract volume.

Qi, J.*, and J. Yuan. 2013. “History Matching Grosmont C Reservoir Thermal Production Performance.” In SPE Heavy Oil Conference Canada 2013. Calgary, AB: Society of Petroleum Engineers. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/165560-MS.

Qin, K.*, and J. MacDonald. 2013. “A Heuristic Production Model for Cyclic Steam Stimulation in a Fractured Heavy Oil Carbonate Reservoir.” In SPE Heavy Oil Conference – Canada 2013.

Willmer, T.M..*, and G. Quinn. 2013. Mapping Concretions in the Clearwater Formation. GeoConvention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

Yamada, T.*, D. Quesada, A. Etchecopar, I. Le Nir, J. Delhomme, J. Russel-Houston, T. Satria P. Perdana. 2013. Revisiting Porosity Analysis from Electrical borehole images: integration of advanced texture and porosity analysis. Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA). SPWLA 54th Annual Logging Symposium held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 22-26, 2013.

Yuan, J.*, J. Russel-Houston, and D. Nugent. 2013. Modelling Fluid Flow in Grosmont C Carbonates Using Fractals – A Concept. SPE 16461-MS. SPE Heavy Oil Conference, Canada

2012
Gray, K.*, J. Russel-Houston, and A. Sherman 2012. Facies Analysis and Seismic Inversion of the Grosmont Formation. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Convention. Abstract volume.

Jiang, Q., Yuan J-Y. *, and J. Russel-Houston. 2012. A Comparative Evaluation of Recovery Efficiency in McMurray Clastic and Grosmont Carbonate Reservoirs. Proceedings for the 2012 World Heavy Oil Congress [WHOC12].

Quinn, G. 2012. Carbonate Concretions in a Stratigraphic Framework, Clearwater Formation, Cold Lake Oil Sands, Alberta. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Core Conference. Abstract volume.

Russel-Houson, J.*, A.G. Sherman, K. Gray and P. Putnam. 2012. Reducing uncertainty and optimizing development of a super-giant karsted carbonate bitumen reservoir: the Grosmont Formation, Alberta, Canada. International Geological Congress, Brisbane Australia. Abstract volume.

Russel-Houston, J.*, K. Gray, and A.G. Sherman 2012. Characterization of the Grosmont Formation, a carbonate bitumen reservoir. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Convention, Long Beach, USA. Abstract volume.

Yuan, J.*, and D. Nugent. 2012. “Sub-Cool, Fluid Productivity, and Liquid Level above a SAGD Producer.” In SPE Heavy Oil Conference Canada 2012. Calgary, AB: Society of Petroleum Engineers. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/157899-MS.

2011
Gray, K.*, J. Russel-Houston, C. Wright, C. Li and W. Nowry. 2011. Seismic Characterization of Collapse Dolines in the Grosmont Formation, Alberta Canada. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

Meyer, K., R. McGrory, and S. Christensen. 2011. Using Seismically-derived Denisty Volume and Facies Characterization to Optimize Thermal Well Trajectories in the Clearwater Formation., Alberta. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

Russel-Houston, J.*, K. Gray, and P. Putnam. 2011. Enhanced Porosity and Paleokarst in the Grosmont Formation, a Giant Bitumen Reservoir in Northern Alberta. International Association of Sedimentologists, 28th Meeting of Sedimentology, Zaragoza, Spain. Abstract volume, pg 538.

2010
Russel-Houston, J.*, R. McRory, S. Christensen, and J. Carey. 2010. Reservoir Architecture and Spatial Recognition of Stratal Packages of the Lower Grand Rapids Formation, Taiga Project, Cold Lake, Alberta. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, International Convention and Exhibit, Calgary, Canada. Abstract volume.

Yuan, J.*, J. Chen, G.  Pierce, B. Wiwchar, H. Golbeck, X. Wang, G. Beaulieu, and S. Cameron. 2010. “Non-Condensable Gas Distribution in SAGD Chamber.” In Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference. Society of Petroleum Engineers. 10.2118/137269-MS.

Yuan, J.*, Q. Jiang, J. Russel-Houston, B. Thornton, and P. Putnam. 2010. “Evolving Recovery Technologies Directed Towards Commercial Development of the Grosmont Carbonate Reservoirs.” In Proceedings of Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference. Calgary, AB: Society of Petroleum Engineers. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/137941-MS.

2009
Abrams, A.*, and J. Russel-Houston*. 2009. Exploiting the Grosmont Formation from Underground: reducing the footprint of thermal heavy oil production. Gussow Conference, Banff Canada. Abstract volume.

Jiang, Q*., B. Thornton, J. Russel-Houston, and S. Spence. 2009. Review of Thermal Recovery Technologies for the Clearwater and Lower Grand Rapids Formations in the Cold Lake Area in Alberta. SPE 2009-068. Proceedings of the Canadian International Petroleum Conference (CIPC) 2009, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 16-18 June 2009.

Jiang, Q*, Yuan, J. Russel-Houston, J., Thornton, B., and Squires, A. 2009. Evaluation of Recovery Technologies for the Grosmont Carbonate Reservoirs. Proceedings of the Canadian International Petroleum Conference (CIPC) 2009, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 16-18 June 2009. 10.2118/2009-067

Russel-Houston, J.*, C. M. Rott*, P. Putnam, and R. McGrory. 2009. The Grosmont C at Saleski, Northern Alberta: a Solution-Enhanced, Highly Fractured Dolomite Reservoir. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, Calgary, Canada. Abstract.

Yuan, J.*, and R. Mcfarlane. 2009. “Evaluation of Steam Circulation Strategies for SAGD Start-Up.” In Proceedings of Canadian International Petroleum Conference. Calgary, AB: Petroleum Society of Canada. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/2009-014.

*denotes Presenter