The engineering applications of Energy Geomechanics take place in the Earth's shallow lithosphere (depth km). Surface weathering processes and the movement of tectonic plates have changed the shallow lithosphere over millions of years. Hence, the current state of the subsurface is the result of the evolution of the Earth's lithosphere over geological time. Geomechanics is involved in all stages of hydrocarbon recovery including:
The following sections review quickly the disciplines involved in Energy Geomechanics and the most important applications. Figure 1.1 shows a summary of applications of geomechanics in the petroleum industry. Similar applications are also relevant to other energy fields, such as deep geothermal energy.