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Phase III consortium members
Phase III consortium members
Phase II consortium members
Phase I consortium members
Group picture 2014-2015
Group picture 2015-2016
Field trip with consortium members. The Woodford outcrop reveals the fracture relationship
Consortium member annual field trip with BHP, 2016 fall


Welcome to our Woodford Consortium Public website! This site has a general introduction of our group and recent research project, if you are interested in knowing more about our research outcome and getting access to our full dataset, please contact Dr. Roger Slatt: for more information. 

The Woodford Shale Consortium project began in 2003 and has successfully continued to the present day. The project has been divided into Phase I (2013-2014), Phase II (2014-2016) and Phase III (2016-2017). Twenty one (21) companies have participated in some or all of the Consortium Phases, and we are aware that at least some of these companies use the consortium findings to help in their exploration and development work; some companies new to the Woodford use our results to provide a quick Woodford learning curve, while other companies use specific aspects of our studies for different applications. We are glad that our consortium efforts have been useful to consortium members.

Our studies began with outcrop stratigraphy, and moved from there to correlating outcrop observations to subsurface data, in particular, core analysis. We have now  built a testable, general depositional sequence stratigraphic model for the Woodford in much of Oklahoma, that can even be applied to other shale plays (Slatt and Rodriguez, 2012). We use an integrated approach that covers rocks (both outcrop and core), logs and seismic (Slatt et al., 2012). We have now moved on to routinely integrating our stratigraphic studies to geomechanical and geochemical studies and have found that these properties can be tied to the sequence and lithostratigraphy of the Woodford. Tools that we use include X-ray diffraction mineralogy (XRD), X-ray fluorescence elemental spectroscopy (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), EquotipTM rock hardness testing, visual observations, modern computer programs, and knowledge/brainpower. Because the Consortium is part of an academic institution (OU), our goal is to educate students for future careers, in this case, in the oil and gas industry. This effort has been highly successful through our Institute of Reservoir Characterization, housed within the School of Geology and Geophysics at OU, and directed by Dr. Roger Slatt. To date, the institute has graduated 39 M.S./Ph.D. students working on shales [25 on the Woodford Shale and the others on the Barnett, Fayetteville, Springer, Eagle Ford, LaLuna (Colombia and Venezuela), Longmaxi (China), VacaMuerta (Argentina), and Horn River Shale (Canada)]. At present, 10 additional currently enrolled  M.S./Ph.D. students are working on the Woodford. An additional 59 M.S./Ph.D. students have completed or are working on other types of reservoir characterization theses.  If future company response is positive, we might begin a Phase IV project expansion into the ‘Meramec’, which is currently an active play in the same areas we have been studying for the underlying Woodford (STACK, SCOOP, Cherokee Platform, and Southern Oklahoma Tectonic Belt, which includes the Merietta, Ardmore, Arkoma Basins and Arbuckle Uplift). All of the information that has been gathered—including student theses, production data and maps from 4,293 Oklahoma wells that penetrated the Woodford  and 533 organic geochemical analyses (TOC, RockEval) in different parts of Oklahoma, are available to Consortium members.

For information about joining this active consortium, contact Dr. Roger Slatt at or at 405-802-9220.


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