Elena Konstantinovskaya, PhD, PGeo
Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Area of Study / Keywords
fault reactivation seismic interpretation reservoir geomechanics
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.
- 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
- 2016Eureka 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
- 2008David 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.
- 2008Best Abstract of the 2008 CSPG CSEG CWLS Convention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- 2007CGC-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.
- 2004-2005Laureate of the competition for Doctors of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences
- 1999Medal of Russian Academy of Sciences, Laureate of the competition for young scientists, Russian Academy of Sciences
- outdoor sports, gardening, movie making
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
- 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
- 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
EAS 422/522 Advanced seismic interpretation, Fundamentals of Petroleum Geomechanics
IPG 512 Seismic interpretation (Fall 2017, 2023)
EAS 421/521 Advanced Structural Geology and Tectonics (Winter 2024)
Supervising: IPG Program capstone projects
My research and teaching development efforts are currently supported by grants from:
- NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada)
I acknowledge the generous donations of academic licenses by:
- Schlumberger, for Petrel-Techlog-Visage-Eclipse-Intersect-Kinetix software used for the interpretation of seismic reflection data, well-log analysis and coupled reservoir-geomechanical modeling: https://www.software.slb.com/products/petrel, https://www.software.slb.com/products/techlog, https://www.software.slb.com/products/visage, https://www.software.slb.com/products/eclipse, https://www.software.slb.com/products/intersect, https://www.software.slb.com/products/kinetix
- Petroleum Experts Ltd, for Move software used for 3D structural modelling: http://www.petex.com/products/move-suite/ The software has a commercial value of £ 1,872,218.26
- geoLOGIC systems Ltd, for the contribution of subsurface data and software GeoSCOUT: https://www.geologic.com/geoscout/
- Sound QI Solutions Ltd., for the QI-Pro software used for interactive seismic attribute interpretation: https://www.sound-qi.com/
Geometric, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of structures produced by deformation. Stress and the origin of faults, joints, veins, folds, and tectonites. Brittle and ductile strain in rocks. Extensional, strike-slip, and compressional structural associations. Regional structure, orogens, and crustal tectonics. Lab exercises include structural interpretation for subsurface hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, stereographic techniques for structural analysis, and the study of rock fabrics. Prerequisites: EAS 233 and any 300-level EAS course. Not available to students with credit in EAS 321. [Faculty of Science]
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.
Geometric, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of structures produced by deformation. Stress and the origin of faults, joints, veins, folds, and tectonites. Brittle and ductile strain in rocks. Extensional, strike-slip, and compressional structural associations. Regional structure, orogens, and crustal tectonics. Lab exercises include structural interpretation for subsurface hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, stereographic techniques for structural analysis, and the study of rock fabrics. Classes concurrent with EAS 421. Not available to students with credit in EAS 321 or 421. [Faculty of Science]
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.
This introduction to seismic interpretation will cover the following topics: Overview of reflection seismology; limits to seismic reflection profiling; pitfalls in seismic interpretation; petroleum systems; seismic-to-well ties and seismic phase; structural and stratigraphic interpretation; carbonate reefs and salt; direct hydrocarbon indicators and impedance inversions; amplitude variations with offset; and use of seismic attributes to assist geologic interpretations. [Faculty of Science]
Qiuguo Li, Elena Konstantinovskaya, Alexey Zhmodik, Charles Ibelegbu
Geomech. Geophys. Geo-energ. Geo-resour. 2023 February; 9 (21):1-24 10.1007/s40948-023-00537-z
Elena Konstantinovskaya, Jose A. Rivero, Valentina Vallega, John Brodylo and Peter Coldham
geoenergy. 2023 January; 1 (1):1-18
Geomechanical Investigation of Hydraulic Fracturing–Induced Fault Slippage and Seismicity in Naturally Fractured Duvernay Unconventional Play
Li, Q. Konstantinovskaya, E., Zhmodik, A., Ibelegbu, Ch.
ARMA/DGS/SEG International Geomechanics Symposium. 2021 November; 21-083
Elena Konstantinovskaya, Qiuguo Li, Alexey Zhmodik, Charles Ibelegbu, Ryan Schultz, Todd Shipman
Geophysical Journal International. 2021 June;
Filatova, N.I., Konstantinovskaya, E., Vishnevskaya V
International Geology Review. 2020 December; (doi: 10.1080/00206814.2020.1848649 ):1-20
Elena Konstantinovskaya, Qiuguo Li, Michel Malo, Jose A. Rivero, Majid M. Faskhoodi, Bradley Campbell
IJGGC. 2020 September; 102
Malavieille, J., Dominguez, S., Lu, C.-Y., Chen, C.-T., Konstantinovskaya, E.
Geological Magazine . 2019 May;
Konstantinovskaya, E., Ivanov, G., Feybesse, J.L., and Lescuyer, J.L.
Geoscience Canada. 2019 April; 46
Ourishian, L., Konstantinovskaya, E, Harris, N.B.
GeoConvention2018. 2018 May;
Konstantinovskaya, E., Grachev, O., Petrakov, Yu., Sobolev, A., et al.
SPE182019. 2016 January; 182019
Konstantinovskaya, E., Rutqvist, J., Malo, M.
IJGGC. 2014 January; 22
Konstantinovskaya, E., Malo M., Badina F.
Tectonophysics. 2014 January; 637
Claprood, M., Gloaguen, E., Giroux, B., Konstantinovskaya, E., Malo, M., Duchesne, M. J.
GHG Science and Technology. 2012 April; 2 (4):260-278
Konstantinovskaya E., Malo M., Castillo D.A.
Tectonophysics. 2012 January; 518-521
Konstantinovskaya E., and Malavieille J.
Tectonophysics. 2011 February; 502
Konstantinovskaya E.A., D. Rodriguez, D. Kirkwood, L.B. Harris, and R. Thériault.
Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology. 2009 March; 57 (1):34-62
Konstantinovskaya E. A., L.B. Harris, J. Poulin, G.M. Ivanov
Tectonophysics. 2007 June; 441
Konstantinovskaya E.A. and Malavieille J.
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 2005 February; 6 (2):Q02006
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