Richard Chalaturnyk

Professor at University of Alberta

Richard Chalaturnyk is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and holds the Energi Simulation Chair in Reservoir Geomechanics as well as the AITF Industry Chair in Reservoir Geomechanics for Unconventional Resources. Prior to joining the University in 1997, Rick helped co-found a reservoir surveillance company called PROMORE Engineering and after joining the University, was engaged as Executive VP of Opsens Solutions, a company providing fiber-optic and non-fiber monitoring solutions to the SAGD and CO2 Storage world. At the University of Alberta, Rick has created the Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group, working primarily in the area of unconventional resource geomechanics, geological storage of CO2 and has established four unique GeoInnovation Environments: GeoREF – a high temperature/high pressure Geomechanical Reservoir Experimental Facility , GeoCERF, the Geomechanical Centrifuge Experimental Research Facility that includes Western Canada’s first geotechnical beam centrifuge, GeoPRINT, an additive manufacturing (3D printing) facility that includes a large scale printer that uses sand to print reservoir rocks and a high resolution stereolithography printer for printing and studying multiphase flow in fractures and GeoRMT (Geomechanical Reservoir Modelling Technology), our sequentially coupled reservoir geomechanical simulation platform. These facilities underpin the Dr. Chalaturnyk lead Energi Simulation Industrial Research Consortia on Reservoir Geomechanics for Unconventional Reservoirs. Research projects in this consortium are focusing on how geomechanical mechanisms influence or impact reservoir flow processes, with a particular focus on in situ stress measurement, lab property measurements, modeling strategies and verification studies. He was involved in the IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Storage and Monitoring Research Project since its inception and is currently active as a member of the scientific and engineering research committee for the Aquistore project in Saskatchewan and several other CCS initiatives. Dr. Chalaturnyk served as Chair of a Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee that developed CSA Z741-12, a standard for the geological storage of CO2.