Elena Konstantinovskaya, PhD, PGeo

Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin

Contact

Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
konstant@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

fault reactivation seismic interpretation reservoir geomechanics


About

I investigate the fault architecture and influence of natural and hydraulic fractures and faults on the distribution and state of stresses, pressure regimes, and permeability of flow units in subsurface reservoirs. My research focuses on predictive models of faults hydraulic behavior and fault shear reactivation potential and topseal breaching under the in situ stress and pore pressure changes caused by depletion or injection operations. My work integrates structural studies of outcrops, interpretation of seismic reflection data, analysis of vertical anisotropy and brittleness in shales, and coupled reservoir geomechanical numerical simulations with implications for petroleum exploration, geothermal energy, and environmental studies. 

Degrees:

  • 2002 Doctor of Science, Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Science: Margins of East Asia: Tectonics, Structural Evolution and Geodynamic Modeling
  • 1992 PhD, Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Science: Eastern Kamchatka during the Cretaceous time
  • 1986 Honor’s in Geology (cum laude), the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow

Awards:

  • 2016 Eureka activist, award from Eureka Schlumberger community, SIG geology.
  • 2012 David Elliott Award for Best Paper of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada: Konstantinovskaya E., and Malavieille J., 2011. Thrust wedges with décollement levels and syntectonic erosion: A view from analogue models. Tectonophysics, 502: 336–350
  • 2008 David Elliott Award for Best Paper of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada: Konstantinovskaya E. A., L.B. Harris, J. Poulin, G.M. Ivanov. 2007. Transfer zones and fault reactivation in inverted rift basins: Insights from physical modeling. Tectonophysics. 441: 1-26.
  • 2008 Best Abstract of the 2008 CSPG CSEG CWLS Convention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2007 CGC-Québec Prime au mérite locale en reconnaissance de participation à l’activité du jour de la Terre du CGQ dans le cadre de la journée internationale du jour de la Terre 2007.
  • 2004-2005 Laureate of the competition for Doctors of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999 Medal of Russian Academy of Sciences, Laureate of the competition for young scientists, Russian Academy of Sciences 

Personal interests:

  • outdoor sports, gardening, movie making

Research

Skills / Research interests: 

  • 1D-3D coupled reservoir geomechanics modeling, in-situ pore pressure and stress analysis in conventional and unconventional reservoirs, areas of salt tectonics 
  • core description and sampling, mechanical properties of rocks, mechanical stratigraphy
  • structural geology and tectonics of sedimentary basins and orogenic belts 
  • structural interpretation of 2D and 3D reflection seismic survey data, well log correlation
  • analysis of natural fractures, fault instability and fault seal capacity, caprock integrity
  • analogue modeling at upper crustal and lithospheric scale
  • paleogeographic and paleotectonic reconstructions, terrane analysis 

Fieldwork areas: 

  • Canada: St. Lawrence Platform, Quebec Appalachians, Gaspesie, Labrador trough
  • Russia: Kamchatka Peninsula, Sea of Okhotsk area, Western Siberia, Russian Platform
  • Asia: Taiwan, Tibet, Tien-Shan 
  • Europe: Ligurian Sea, Corsica

Software: 

  • Petrel RG, VISAGE, IX, TECHLOG, Python, IHS Kingdom Suite, FLAC3D-TOUGH2
  • GOCAD, ArcGIS, Geodatabase, MapInfo, Stereostat, GMT (Linux) 
  • Microsoft Office, graphic and digital video software



Teaching

Teaching areas: EAS422/522 Advanced seismic interpretation, Fundamentals of Petroleum Geomechanics

Supervising: IPG Program capstone project 

Courses

EAS 422 - Structural Interpretation of Sedimentary Basins

Seismic interpretation of structurally complex sedimentary basins, including those associated with fold and thrust terrains, extensional systems, and various types of strike-slip faulting and salt/mud-related deformation. Interpretation will also include seismic facies analysis, interpretation of depositional environments, and seismic geomorphology related to a wide range of hydrocarbon exploration and development evaluation tasks. Prerequisite: EAS 233; one of GEOPH 210, 223, 224; one of EAS 421, EAS 462.

Winter Term 2023

EAS 522 - Advanced Structural Interpretation of Sedimentary Basins

Seismic interpretation of structurally complex sedimentary basins, including those associated with fold and thrust terrains, extensional systems, and various types of strike-slip faulting and salt/mud-related deformation. Interpretation will also include seismic facies analysis, interpretation of depositional environments, and seismic geomorphology related to a wide range of hydrocarbon exploration and development evaluation tasks. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Winter Term 2023

Browse more courses taught by Elena Konstantinovskaya

Publications

Geomechanical Investigation of Hydraulic Fracturing–Induced Fault Slippage and Seismicity in Naturally Fractured Duvernay Unconventional Play

Author(s): Li, Q. Konstantinovskaya, E., Zhmodik, A., Ibelegbu, Ch.
Publication Date: 11/1/2021
Publication: ARMA/DGS/SEG International Geomechanics Symposium
Volume: 21-083

Lateral fluid propagation and strike slip fault reactivation related to hydraulic fracturing and induced seismicity in the Duvernay Formation, Fox Creek area, Alberta

Author(s): Elena Konstantinovskaya, Qiuguo Li, Alexey Zhmodik, Charles Ibelegbu, Ryan Schultz, Todd Shipman
Publication Date: 6/16/2021
Publication: Geophysical Journal International
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggab234

Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous siliceous rocks and black shales from allochthonous complexes of the Koryak-Western Kamchatka orogenic belt, East Asia

Author(s): Filatova, N.I., Konstantinovskaya, E., Vishnevskaya V
Publication Date: 12/31/2020
Publication: International Geology Review
Issue: doi: 10.1080/00206814.2020.1848649
Page Numbers: 1-20
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2020.1848649

Strike-slip reactivation of a high-angle normal fault induced by increase of reservoir pore pressure: insight from 3D coupled reservoir-geomechanical modeling

Author(s): Elena Konstantinovskaya, Qiuguo Li, Michel Malo, Jose A. Rivero, Majid M. Faskhoodi, Bradley Campbell
Publication Date: 9/4/2020
Publication: IJGGC
Volume: 102
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2020.103159

Deformation partitioning in mountain belts: insights from analogue modelling experiments and the Taiwan collisional orogen

Author(s): Malavieille, J., Dominguez, S., Lu, C.-Y., Chen, C.-T., Konstantinovskaya, E.
Publication Date: 5/14/2019
Publication: Geological Magazine
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0016756819000645

Structural Features of the Central Labrador Trough: A Model for Strain Partitioning, Differential Exhumation and Late Normal Faulting in a Thrust Wedge under Oblique Shortening

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Ivanov, G., Feybesse, J.L., and Lescuyer, J.L.
Publication Date: 4/2/2019
Publication: Geoscience Canada
Volume: 46
Page Numbers: 5-30
External Link: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.12789/geocanj.2019.46.143

Vertical Anisotropy of the Lower Jurassic Gordondale Shales (Alberta) and Geomechanical Modeling for Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing

Author(s): Ourishian, L., Konstantinovskaya, E, Harris, N.B.
Publication Date: 5/7/2018
Publication: GeoConvention2018
External Link: https://geoconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/abstracts/2018/047_GC2018_Vertical_Anisotropy_of_the_Lower_Jurassic_Gordondale_Shales_Alberta.pdf

3D geomechanics modeling and shale anisotropy for wellbore stability and horizontal well optimization, Middle Nazym field, Western Siberia, Russia

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Grachev, O., Petrakov, Yu., Sobolev, A., et al.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: SPE182019
Volume: 182019

CO2 storage and induced fault instability in the St. Lawrence Lowlands sedimentary basin (Québec, Canada): insight from coupled reservoir-geomechanical modeling.

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Rutqvist, J., Malo, M.
Publication Date: 1/21/2014
Publication: IJGGC
Volume: 22
Page Numbers: 88-110
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.12.008

Effects of irregular basement structure on the geometry and emplacement of frontal thrusts and duplexes in the Quebec Appalachians: Interpretations from well and seismic reflection data

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Malo M., Badina F.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 637
Page Numbers: 268-288
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2014.10.012

Workflow using sparse vintage data for building a first geological and reservoir model for CO2 geological storage in deep saline aquifer. A case study in the St. Lawrence Platform, Canada

Author(s): Claprood, M., Gloaguen, E., Giroux, B., Konstantinovskaya, E., Malo, M., Duchesne, M. J.
Publication Date: 4/23/2012
Publication: GHG Science and Technology
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 260-278
External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ghg.1292/full

Present-day stress analysis of the St. Lawrence Lowlands sedimentary basin and implications for caprock integrity during CO2 injection operation.

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E., Malo M., Castillo D.A.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 518-521
Page Numbers: 119-137
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2011.11.022

Thrust wedges with décollement levels and syntectonic erosion: A view from analogue models

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E., and Malavieille J.
Publication Date: 2/15/2011
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 502
Page Numbers: 336-350
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2011.01.020

Effects of basement structure, sedimentation and erosion on thrust wedge geometry: an example from the Quebec Appalachians and analogue models

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E.A., D. Rodriguez, D. Kirkwood, L.B. Harris, and R. Thériault.
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Publication: Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology
Volume: 57
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 34-62
External Link: http://bcpg.geoscienceworld.org/content/57/1/34.full.pdf+html

Transfer zones and fault reactivation in inverted rift basins: Insights from physical modeling

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E. A., L.B. Harris, J. Poulin, G.M. Ivanov
Publication Date: 6/21/2007
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 441
Page Numbers: 1-26
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2007.06.002

Erosion and Exhumation in Accretionary Orogens: Experimental and Geological Approaches

Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E.A. and Malavieille J.
Publication Date: 2/26/2005
Publication: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: Q02006
External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2004GC000794/pdf