The Center for Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards (GMG) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) that facilitates productive, meaningful partnerships between universities and industry. Our mission is to advance the understanding of geomaterials failure in the presence of fluids for industry applications and geohazard mitigation, by leveraging the cutting-edge modeling, computing, experimental, geophysical and remote-sensing research at Caltech.
GMG Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting (October 11-13, 2023).
Thank you for joining us in this meeting!
We hope to see you in the next one.
Deep Dive on GMG Codes Overview (January 17-18, 2024)
Please stay tuned for more information in our upcoming Deep Dive Meeting.
Topical Presentation on GMG Research
TITLE: "Stress-Based and Forecasting and Control of Induced Seismicity: Application to the Helsinki Geothermal Reservoir Stimulation
Center overview, mission and rationale
The Center for Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards (GMG) helps design strategies and technical solutions for safe and economic operations for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage, oil and gas extraction and production, and geothermal heat production. Its mission is to advance the understanding of geomaterials failure in the presence of fluids for industry applications and geohazard mitigation. It leverages cutting-edge modeling, computing, geophysical, and remote-sensing research to better understand how geomaterials fail when subjected to hydromechanical effects (e.g. fluid pumping in or out of the subsurface or slope instabilities induced by ground shaking or rainfall).
Natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides threaten the safety and economic stability of urban centers, the structural integrity and smooth operation of their interconnected infrastructure systems. These events and the growth and prosperity of fossil-fuel dependent economies depend on:
- Extracting oil and gas and geothermal resources effectively and efficiently;
- Diminishing the impact that energy production and consumption has on the climate through CO2 sequestration, utilization, and storage; and,
- Mitigating the risk posed by natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides to the infrastructure systems that, in part, transmit and distribute energy resources to the public.
To carry out its research, GMG gathers industry and government stakeholders, and scientists and engineers with diverse expertise spanning geophysics, geology, remote sensing, computational mechanics, fracture mechanics, and applied mathematics.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Seminar Day
We invite you to join us at the SURF Symposium this Saturday, October 15th, 2022.
Our SURF student Kyle Reese will present his research work (details here).
Lectures & Seminars
-ARMA Technical Committee on Induced Seismicity
What makes earthquake probability go up and down? What control do we have?
-PhD THESIS DEFENSE
Speaker: Stacy Larochelle
Title: "Mechanical interactions between water and the solid Earth: From quasi-static geodetic deformation to dynamic fault slip"