A Research Scientist on the Battelle Oil & Gas team, Samin Raziperchikolaee applies geomechanical modeling to evaluate the risks of fluid injection and deep geologic sequestration. His work is helping Battelle’s oil & gas clients make better decisions for hydraulic fracturing, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and subsurface resource management. Since joining Battelle in 2014, Samin has worked on projects related to carbon (CO2) sequestration, brine disposal and shale gas production. Using data from researchers in the field, he builds computer models of the subsurface and runs simulations of various fluid injection scenarios. These geomechanical models can be used to evaluate specific risks such as wellbore enlargement or collapse, induced seismicity, surface uplift or caprock fracturing. He also builds models to predict hydrofracturing geometry for optimization of hydraulic fracturing parameters.