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2011 News in Brief



Germaine’s GeoFluids Consortium holds annual meeting at UT Austin

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Senior Research Associate and Senior Lecturer John Germaine and co-principal investigator Peter Flemings of the University of Texas, Austin, hosted a meeting of the GeoFluids Consortium earlier this year. The consortium, which is supported by 12 energy companies, was established in June 2009 to study the “state and evolution of pressure, stress, deformation and fluid migration through experiments, models, and field study.” The team combines geoscientists at the University of Texas with geotechnical engineers at MIT. Concepts developed in consortium research have been used to study marine slope stability and the processes of hydrate formation and disassociation. New tools developed by the group are being used to make in-situ measurements of pressure in mudrocks.