Address:

Missouri University of Science & Technology

129 McNutt Hall

1400 N. Bishops Ave.

Rolla, MO 65409-0410

 

 

e-mail: nygaardr@mst.edu

 

Dr. Runar Nygaard

Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Contact Info:

Ahmed Alsubaih (MS student)                  Wellbore Stability in Shales

Farqad Hadi (PhD student)                     Wellbore Integrity 

Reza Rahimi (PhD student)                     Wellbore stability

Yurong Li  (PhD student)                        Sensors for wellbore leakage

Montri Jeennakorn (PhD student)         Fluid losses

Past Graduate students at S&T

PhD students

Dr. Mohammed Al-Dushaishi, PhD 2015, Numerical and Field Data Analysis of Drill Stem Vibration, December 2015.

Dr. Mortadha Alsaba , PhD 2015, investigation of Lost Circulation Materials on Fracture Gradient, December 2015.

Dr. Steve Hilgedick, PhD 2012, Investigation of wellbore stability in a North Sea field development. August 2012. Dr. Steve is now a teaching assistant professor at Missouri S&T.

Dr. Saeed Salehi, PhD 2011, Numerical Simulation of Fracture Propagation and Sealing: Implications for wellbore strengthening. Dr. Salehi studied the effect hoop stress effect of wellbore strengthening. He is now an assistant professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

MS students

Ben (Benjamin) Weideman , MS, 2014, Investigation of cased wellbore integrity in the Wabamun area sequestration project

 

Yiilin Mao, MS, 2014, An analytical pressure model to guide downhole sensor placement for carbon dioxide sequestration monitoring 

Yurong Li, MS, 2014, Evaluation of ceramic coaxial cable sensors for long-term in-situ monitoring of geologic CO₂ injection and storage

Reza Rahimi, MS 2014, The effect of using different rock failure criteria in wellbore stability analysis

Anuroop Pandey, MS, 2012, Investigation of geosteering in non-trivial geological settings

Ishan Kumar, MS, 2012, Direct shear testing of fractured rocks from Missouri used to evaluate potential fault reactivation induced by CO2 sequestration

Maximiliano Liberman, MS, 2012, Hydraulic fracturing experiments to investigate circulation losses

Sudarshan Govindarajan, MS, 2012, Geo-mechanical characterization of reservoir & cap rocks for CO2 sequestration

Mohammed Al Dushaishi, MS, 2012, Investigation of drillstring vibration reduction tools

Akpan, Imowo, MS, 2011, Development of a shared earth model to investigate potential for carbon dioxide sequestration in the Springfield area, MO

Co-advisor

Amin Amirlatifi, PhD, 2013, Coupled geomechanical reservoir simulation

1. Al Dushaishi, M., Nygaard, R., Hole, E., Hellvik, S., and Andersen, M. 20015. Post Well Vibration Analysis in the North Sea: A tool to understand drilling performance. Proceedings of the ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Newfoundland, Canada, May 31- June 5. OMAE2015-42227.

2. Rahimi, R., and Nygaard R. 2015. Evaluation of Rock Failure Criteria in Prediction of Borehole Shear Failure. Int. J. of Rock Mech. Min. Sci. V79. pp 29-40. 2015.

3. Salehi, S. and Nygaard, R. 2015. Developing a full fluid-solid finite-element model to simulate near wellbore fractures for wellbore strengthening applications. ASCE, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, January 2015, Volume 137, Issue 1, pp 012903.

4. Alsaba, M., Nygaard, R., Saasen, A., and Nes, O., 2014. Lost Circulation Materials Capability of Sealing Wide Fractures. SPE 170285, SPE Deepwater Drilling and Completions Conference, Galveston, USA, 10–11 September 2014.

5. Contreras, O., Hareland, G., Husein, M., Nygaard, R., and Alsaba, M. 2014. Experimental Investigation on Wellbore Strengthening In Shales By Means of Nanoparticle-Based Drilling Fluids. SPE paper 170589 prepared for presentation at the 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27-29 October.

6. Alsaba, M., Nygaard, R., Saasen, A., and Nes, O., 2014. Laboratory Evaluation of Sealing Wide Fractures Using Conventional Lost Circulation Materials”. SPE 170576, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27–29 October 2014.

7. Contreras, O., Hareland, G., Husein, M., Nygaard, R., and Alsaba, M. 2014. Wellbore Strengthening in Sandstones by Means of Nanoparticle-Based Drilling Fluids. SPE paper 170263 prepared for presentation at the SPE 2014 Deepwater Drilling and Completions Conference held in Galveston, TX, USA, 10-11 September.

8. Weideman, B., Nygaard, R., Duguid, A., 2014, A Numerical Modeling Approach to Cased Wellbore Integrity of aged CO2 Sequestration Wells, The Thirteenth Annual Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage Conference, Pittsburgh, PA,  28 April to 1 May.

9. Mao, Y., Nygaard, R. and Xiao, H., 2014. An Analytical Pressure Model to Guide Downhole Sensor Placement for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Monitoring, The Thirteenth Annual Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage Conference, Pittsburgh, PA,  28 April to 1 May.

10. Alsaba, M., Nygaard, R., Hareland, G., and Contreras, O., 2014. Review of Lost Circulation Materials and Treatments with an Updated Classification. AADE-14-FTCE-25, AADE Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, USA, 15-16 April 2014.

11. Weideman, B. and Nygaard, R. 2014. How Cement Operations affect your Cement Sheath Short and Long Term Integrity, 2014 AADE Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition, April 15-16, 2014, Houston, Texas. AADE-14-FTCE-20

12. Aladasani, A., Bai B., Salehi, S. and Nygaard, R., 2014. Optimizing the Development of Tight Oil Formations. 167742, SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, 25-27 February, Vienna, Austria.

13. Contreras, O., Hareland, G., Husein, M., Nygaard, R., and Alsaba, M., 2014. Application of In-House Prepared Nanoparticles as Filtration Control Additive to Reduce Formation Damage. SPE 168116, SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, Lafayette, USA, 26-28 February 2014.

14. Tongwa, P., Blue, A. Nygaard, R., Bai, B., 2013. Evaluation of Potential Fracture-Sealing Materials for Remediating CO2 Leakage Pathways during CO2 Sequestration. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, V, 18, 128-138.

15. Nygaard, R., Salehi, S. Weideman, B. and Lavoie, R., 2014. Effect of Dynamic Loading on Wellbore Leakage for the Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (Volume 53, Issue 1).

16. Yang*, F., Bai, B., Dunn-Norman, S., Nygaard, R. and Eckert., 2013. Factors Affecting CO2 Storage Capacity and Efficiency with Water Withdrawal in Shallow Saline Aquifers International, Environmental Earth Sciences, V, 71 Issue 1 pp. 267-275.

17. Aladasani, A., Salehi, S., Nygaard, R., Bai, B., 20132. Part 1 – Heavy Oil Development: Statistical Analysis and Optimization of Well Patterns. North Africa Technical Conference & Exhibition held in Ciaro, Egypt, 15-17 April, 2013. SPE 164729.

18. Tongwa, P., Nygaard, R. and Bai, B. 2013. Evaluation of a Nanocomposite Hydrogel for Water Shut-off In Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications: Design, Synthesis and Characterization. Journal of Applied Polymer Science:  Volume 128, Issue 1, 5 April 2013, Pages: 787–794.

19. Nwaoji, C., Hareland, G., Husein, M., Nygaard, Runar, and Zakaria, M. F., Copyright 2013, SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, Wellbore Strengthening- Nano-Particle Drilling Fluid Experimental Design Using Hydraulic Fracture Apparatus, SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 5–7 March 2013, SPE/IADC 163434.

20. Salehi*, S. and Nygaard, R. 2012. Numerical Modeling of Induced Fracture Propagation: A Novel Approach for Lost Circulation Materials (LCM) Design in Borehole Strengthening Applications of Deep Offshore Drilling, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition , 8-10 October 2012, San Antonio, Texas. SPE 135155.

21. Nygaard, R., Salehi, S. and Weideman*, B. 2012. Cement Failure and Potential Wellbore Leakage Induced by Injection Loads, 2012 AADE National Technical Conference and Exhibition, April 10-11, 2012, Houston, Texas.AADE-12-FTCE-35

22. Aladasani, A., Bai, B. and Nygaard, R. 2012. A Selection Criterion for CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery and Dispersion Modeling of High-Pressure CO2 Release, This paper was prepared for presentation at the SPE Western North American Regional Meeting held in Bakersfield, California, USA, 19–23 March 2012. SPE 152998.

23. Hellvik, S. Nygaard, R., Hoel, E., Andersen, M. and Francis, M. 2012. PDC cutter and Bit development for challenging Conglomerate Drilling in the Luno Field - Offshore Norway, 2012 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition, San Diego, California, USA, 6–8 March 2012. IADC/SPE 151456.

24. Nygaard, R. and Bihn, G. and Shanaberger, D. 2012. Using blended learning to enhance student comprehension of drilling operations:  A case history, IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition, February 7-8 2012, Houston, Texas.

25. Nygaard, R., Salehi, S., and Lavoie, R. 2011. Effect of Dynamic Loading on Wellbore Leakage for the Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference  (11CURC), 15 - 17 Nov 2011, 2011.

26. Amirlatifi, A., Eckert, A., Nygaard, R. and Bai., B. 2011, Estimation of Reservoir Uplift, Seismicity and Failure Likelihood during CO2 Injection through Coupled Reservoir Simulation, Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference (11CURC), 15 - 17 Nov 2011, 2011.

27. Salehi, S. and Nygaard, R. 2011. Numerical study of fracture initiation, propagation, and sealing to enhance wellbore fracture gradient 45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics symposium, June 26-29, 2011, San Francisco,  California.

28. Lee, M., Eckert. and Nygaard, R. 2011. Mesh optimization for finite element models of wellbore stress analysis 45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics symposium, June 26-29, 2011, San Francisco, California.

29. Amirlatifi, A., Eckert, A., Nygaard, R. and Bai, B. 2011. Prediction of Caprock Fractures during CO2 sequestration by Coupled Modeling in Complex Geological Fields.10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration, May 2-5, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

30. Yang, F., Bai, B., Nygaard, R. and Dunn-Norman, S. 2011. Impact of Water Withdrawal on CO2 sequestration in Missouri shallow saline aquifers. 10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration, May 2-5, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

31. Imowo, A., Nygaard, R, Eckert, A., Bai, B. and Pendergrass, G. 2011. Development of a shared earth model for coupled simulations on CO2 sequestration in shallow underground formations,10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration, May 2-5, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

32. Nygaard, R. and Salehi*, S. 2011. A critical review of wellbore strengthening: Physical model and field deployment, 2011 National Technical Conference and Exhibition, Drilling Ahead, April 12-14, 2011, Houston, Texas.

33. Salehi, S. and Nygaard, R. 2011. Evaluation of new drilling approach for widening operational window: Implications for wellbore strengthening, SPE Production and Operations Symposium, March 27-29, 2011, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

34. Tiamiyu, O.M., Nygaard, R. and Bai, B. 2010. Effect of Aquifer Heterogeneity, Brine Withdrawal, and Well-Completion Strategy on CO2 Injectivity in Shallow Saline Aquifer SPE International Conference on CO2 Capture, Storage, and Utilization, November 10-12, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana.

35. Nygaard, R. and Lavoie, R. 2010. Well Integrity and Workover Candidates for Existing Wells in the Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project (WASP), Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference, October 19-21, 2010, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

36. Salehi, S., Hareland, G. and Nygaard, R. 2010. Numerical simulations of wellbore stability in under-balanced-drilling wells. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, V72, 229-235.

37. Salehi, S. and Nygaard, R. 2010. Finite-Element analysis of deliberately increasing the wellbore fracture gradient, 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, June 27-30, 2010, Salt Lake City, Utah.

38. Nygaard, R., Dunn-Norman S., Wronkiewicz, D., Bai, B. and Gillman, J. 2009. Green house gas reduction through injecting CO2 in the subsurface. Missouri Energy summit, April 22-23, 2009, Columbia MO.

39. Hareland, G., Yan, W., Nygaard, R. and Wise, J. 2009. Cutting efficiency of a single PDC Cutter on Hard Rock. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. V86, No6, 60-65.

40. Motahhari, H., Hareland, G. and Nygaard, R. 2009. Method of Optimizing Motor and Bit Performance for Maximum ROP. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. V86, No6, 44-49.

41. Rashidi, B., Hareland, G. and Nygaard, R. 2008. Real-Time Drill Bit Wear Prediction by Combining Rock Energy and Drilling Strength Concepts, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, November 3-6, 2008, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

42. Nygaard, R., Karimi, M., Hareland, G., Tahmeen, M. 2008, Pore pressure evaluation in overconsolidated shales, SPE Eastern Regional/AAPG Eastern Section Joint Meeting, October 11-15, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

43. Rastegar, M., Hareland, G. and Nygaard, R. 2008. Optimization of Multiple Bit Runs Based on ROP Models and Cost Equation: A New Methodology Applied for One of the Persian Gulf Carbonate Fields, IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition, August 25-27, 2008, Jakarta, Indonesia.

44. Tahmeen, M., Hareland, G., and Nygaard, R. 2008. Software Development for Real-time Drilling Data Analysis by Retrieving Data from a Remote Server, The 4th International Symposium on Energy, Informatics and Cybernetics: EIC 2008, In the Context of The 12th Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2008 June 29-July 2, 2008, Orlando, Florida.

45. Gutierrez, M., Nygaard, R. 2008. Shear Failure and Brittle to Ductile Transition in Shales from P-Wave Velocity, the 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 2nd U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, June 29-July 2, 2008, San Francisco.

46. Hareland, G., I. V. Olea, F. Shirkavand and A. Kustamsi, Nygaard, R., Hayes, J. and Teichrob, R. 2008. Correlation of Sonic Log Values to Strength in Salts, the 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 2nd U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, June 29-July 2, 2008, San Francisco.

47. Nygaard, R., Hareland, G. 2008. Shear Failure and Brittle to Ductile Transition in Shales from P-Wave Velocity, the 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 2nd U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, June 29-July 2, 2008. San Francisco.

48. Nygaard, R., Hareland, G., Hartmann. R. and Hellvik, S. 2008. Steering response for directional wells in soft formations in deep water developments. Offshore Technology conference, May 5-8, 2008, Houston, Texas.

49. Gutierrez, M., Nygaard, R., Høeg, K. and Berre, T. 2008. Normalized undrained shear strength of clay shales, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. V99, 31-39.

50. Haug, K., Nygaard, R. and Keith, D. 2007. Evaluation of stress and geomechanical characteristics of a potential site for CO2 geological storage in central Alberta, Canada. 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 8th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, October 21-24, 2007, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

51. Hareland, G., Nygaard, R. and Munro, H. 2007. Drilling Simulation Improves Field Communication and Reduce Drilling Cost in Western Canada. Canadian International Petroleum Conference, June 12-14, 2007, Calgary, Canada.

52. Hareland, G., Yan, W., Nygaard, R. and Wise, J. 2007. Cutting efficiency of a single PDC Cutter on Hard Rock. Canadian International Petroleum Conference, June 12-14, 2007, Calgary Canada.

53. Motahhari, H., Hareland, G. and Nygaard, R. 2007. Method of Optimizing Motor and Bit Performance for Maximum ROP. Canadian International Petroleum Conference, June 12-14, 2007, Calgary, Canada.

54. Hareland, G. and Nygaard, R. 2007. Applications of rock strength in drilling evaluation. 2007 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, April 15-18, 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

55. Nygaard, R., Hareland, G. 2007. How to select PDC bit for optimal performance, SPE Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Technology Symposium. SPE Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Technology Symposium, April 16-18 2007, Denver, Colorado.

56. Andrews, R., Hareland, G., Szutiak, G., Engler, T. and Nygaard, R. 2007.  Method of using logs to quantify drillability, SPE Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Technology Symposium, April 16-18 2007, Denver, Colorado

57. Hareland, G., Munro, H. and Nygaard, R. 2007. Drilling simulation versus actual performance in Western Canada. 2007. SPE Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Technology Symposium, April 16-18 2007, Denver, Colorado.

58. Nygaard, R., Gutierrez., M. and Høeg., K. 2007. Shear failure and Shear fracturing in Shales and Mudrocks,  1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, May 27-31, 2007, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

59. Nygaard, R., Bjorlykke, K., Høeg., K. and Hareland, G. 2007. The effect of diagenesis on stress-strain behaviour and acoustic velocities in sandstones, 1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, May 27-31, 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

60. Hareland, G., Nygaard, R. 2007 Calculating unconfined rock strength from drilling data, 1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, May 27-31, 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

61. Nygaard, R., Gutierrez, M., and Bratli, R.K. 2006. Brittle-ductile transition mudrocks and shales it's implication for hydrocarbon migration and seal. Marine and Petroleum Geology, V23, 201-212.

62. Nygaard, R., Gutierrez, M., Høeg, K. and Bjørlykke, K. 2004. Influence of burial history on microstructure and compaction behaviour of Kimmeridge clay. Petroleum Geoscience,V12, 259-270.

63. Nygaard, R., Gutierrez, M., Gautam, R. and Høeg, K. 2004. Compaction Behaviour of Argillaceous Sediments as Function of Diagenesis. Marine and Petroleum Geology, V21, 349-362.

64. Nygaard, R, Hareland, H, Stene F. Terjesen, H. 2002. Eight Years Experience with a Drilling Optimization Simulator in the North Sea, IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology (APDT), 9-11 September 2002, Jakarta, Indonesia.

65. Nygaard, R. and  Gutierrez, M. 2002. Undrained Shear Behaviour of Some UK Mudrocks Explained by Petrology. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, V41, 37-46.

66. Gutierrez, M., Øino, L.E. and Nygaard, R. 2000. Stress-Dependent Permeability of a De-mineralised Fracture in Shale.  Marine and Petroleum Geology, V17, 895-907.

67. Nygaard, R. and Gutierrez, M. 1999. Undrained shear behaviour of some UK Mudrocks Explained by Petrology, Paper 99-37, Conf. Digging Deeper finding better bottom line, June 14-18 1999, Calgary, Canada.1999.

Publications (as of October 1st 2015)