ARMA | DGS | SEG: 2nd International Geomechanics Symposium

1 - 3 November 2021 | Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Call for Abstracts submission deadline extended: 14 June 2021


1–3 November 2021
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Optimizing Production and Recovery from Naturally and Hydraulically Fractured Reservoirs

American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA), Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS) and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) are pleased to announce the upcoming ARMA/DGS/SEG International Geomechanics Symposium. This event will feature three key speakers Mark Zoback (Stanford University), Herbert Einstein (MIT), John McLennan (University of Utah), and will also include speakers from operators, technology developers, and service providers. The symposium will address case studies, technology highlights, and collaborative discussions on geomechanics during the three days.


To provide a platform to:

  • Exchange geomechanics experience and know-how among technology developers, providers, and practitioners
  • Connect global geomechanics expertise and knowledge with regional challenges
  • Provide world-class geomechanics training to next generation professionals and students

Executive Committee

  • Gang Han, American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
  • Abdulaziz Mansour, Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS)
  • Mohammed Badri, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
  • Abdulaziz Saad, Saudi Aramco

Technical Committee

  • Abdelwahab Noufal, ADNOC
  • Ahmed Algarhy Mohamed, Marietta College
  • Alireza Agharazi, Halliburton
  • Belladonna Troxylon M, PT Pertamina
  • Beth Rees, CGG
  • Botao Lin, China University of Petroleum
  • Christopher Leonardi, University of Queensland
  • Dee Moronkeji, Apache
  • Fengshou Zhang, Tongji University
  • Florian Karpfinger, Schlumberger
  • Francis Elisabeth, Saudi Aramco
  • Gallyam Aidagulov, Schlumberger
  • Garrett Fowler, Resfrac
  • Giovanni Grasselli, University of Toronto
  • Hamda Ahmed Alshehhi, ADNOC
  • Hamed Soroush, Petrolern
  • Herbert Einstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ibrahim Mohamed Altameemi, ADNOC
  • Islam Nasikul, Halliburton
  • Jesse Hampton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • John Cain, Rockfield Global
  • John McLennan, University of Utah
  • Joseph Morris, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Juan Chavez Florez, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Kamel Belaid, BGP
  • Katerina Yared, SPWLA President Elect/SM Energy
  • Khalid Ruwaili, Saudi Aramco
  • Mark Cottrell, Golder
  • Mark Ma, SPWLA SAC
  • Mark Zoback, Stanford University
  • Mohamed Hinai, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Mohamed Sassi, Khalifa University
  • Mukul Sharma, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Munir Aldin, MetaRock Lab
  • Osman Hamid, Saudi Aramco
  • Rashid Abualrub, Khalifa University
  • Raul Varela, Tecpetrol
  • Rita Rousa, Steves Institute of Technology
  • Rommel Arias Urbina, Saudi Aramco
  • Ruud Weijermars, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
  • Sarah Alamer, Saudi Aramco
  • Satya Peramulla, Baker Hughes
  • Tariq Mahmood, Saudi Aramco
  • Thomas Finkbeiner, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Tianshou Ma, Southwest Petroleum University
  • Tobias Hoeink, Baker Hughes
  • Vivek Swami, CGG
  • Wael El Sherbeny, Baker Hughes
  • Xiaodong Ma, ETH Zurich
  • Zeeshan Tariq, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals



Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712710
Email: [email protected]

For all ARMA related inquiries:
Peter Smeallie
email: [email protected]


Who should attend?

  • Technology developers, practioners, and researchers from operators, service providers, universities, and institutes.
  • Professionals in geology, geophysics, petrophysics, drilling, completion, stimulation, reservoir, and production engineering.


Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts submission deadline: 24 May 2021

Submit your abstract to [email protected]

We invite abstracts for the following topics:

  • Rock and in-situ stress characterization
    • Lab and field measurements
    • SRV characterization
    • Rock physics and geomechanics
    • Seismic geomechanics and borehole geophysics
    • Integrated multi-disciplinary approach
  • Natural fracture characterization and interaction with hydraulic fracture
  • Drilling geomechanics in naturally fractured reservoirs
  • Hydraulic fracturing:
    • In highly stressed tight and unconventional rock
    • Across differential depleted units
    • Planning, preventing, and mitigating casing deformation
    • Diagnostics integration
    • Production and recovery
  • Completion optimization with multi-frac stimulation
  • Reservoir geomechanics for well planning and design, including depletion effect
  • Carbonate geomechanics for field development
  • AI Geomechanics modeling and applications (artificial intelligence & machine learning)
  • Underground storage and CO2 sequestration
  • Geomechanics in geothermal energy

Should you be interested in submitting your paper for Publication in OnePetro, please keep these dates in mind:

  • The abstract Author notifications will be sent on July 7.
  • To submit your paper for publication, please submit your Manuscript on August 27th.
  • Authors will receive review outcomes on Sept 27th.
  • Final manuscripts will be due on Oct 24th.

(Please note - the symposium does not mandate any publication or release in order to encourage technical exchanges. However, if authors want to publish, the symposium will peer review the submissions based on ARMA standards, and publish accepted papers in OnePetro as regular ARMA publications.)

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities, and benefits, please refer to the form located under Important Documents or contact us at [email protected].

Table Top Exhibition


The symposium will feature a comprehensive trade show for suppliers, consultants, government, and other firms wishing to demonstrate their
products or services in a Table-Top Exhibition format. For more information regarding the opportunities or to sign up as a Table-Top exhibitor,
please contact Anneke de Klerk at [email protected].


  • Monday, 1 November 2021 - Registration, technical program, full day exhibition; Ice breaker
  • Tuesday, 2 November 2021 - Technical program, full day exhibition
  • Wednesday, 3 November 2021 - Technical program, full day exhibition


Should health guidelines from local government permit, the symposium will provide table-top exhibitions. If conditions change, below are the two possible scenarios, please note the benefits:

  1. The symposium proceeds as a Physical event but with no exhibition - the symposium will advertise 50 second exhibitor video/slides during coffee breaks and social events and the company will receive 1 in-person complimentary registration.
  2. The symposium proceeds as 100% Virtual - the company will get the opportunity to add a 20 minute webinar/video as part of the resource gallery and 2 virtual complimentary registrations.
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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
14 June 2021

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