Noga Vaisblat, PhD Student, University of Alberta


Noga received her BSc. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel in 2008 and an MSc. in geology from the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2011. She has 4 years of experience with soil stabilization geochemistry and geomechanics at AnyWay Solid Environmental Solutions LTD, working on road construction and low cost housing in Israel, South Africa and Ethiopia. She is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Alberta working on reservoir quality models for the Montney Formation.

Project: Controls on Reservoir Properties in the Lower Triassic Montney Formation of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin

Petrophysical, diagenetic and geomechanical models are important for determining the economic viability of a reservoir. Such models are routinely developed for sandstone and shale reservoirs. Our understanding of siltstone reservoirs, however, is much less advanced, and appropriate parameters for reservoir modeling are needed. This study is aimed to find those missing parameters and create a comprehensive model of reservoir quality cross the WCSB.

Understanding the relationships between rock lithology (fabric, composition and diagenetic phases), petrophysical properties (porosity and permeability) and geomechanical parameters (elastic properties and imbibiton) is key for our ability to predict reservoir quality in the Montney formation. In this study Noga will create a comprehensive and integrated lithological – petrophysical – geomechanical predictive model for the Montney Formation. The model will be based on laboratory testing and rigorously linking rock composition, porosity, permeability, imbibition and elastic rock properties of the Montney Formation to well logs.