N646 - Hydraulic Fracturing Shale and Tight Rock: Technical Design and Analysis

Course Overview
This two-day course focuses on the data and techniques needed to design and evaluate fracture treatments in shale and other tight reservoirs with special emphasis on the practical methods that do not rely on computer simulation. Actual field data will be presented to illustrate the impacts of various treatment designs and the correlations that have been developed to help optimize treatments in different plays and in different hydrocarbon windows. In addition, the sessions cover the technical reasons for modifying treatments and for selecting specific treatment intervals. A number of short class problems are included to reinforce evaluation and design concepts. The course is intended for petroleum engineers, geoscientists and others with technical experience or training in oil and gas development for either conventional or unconventional reservoirs.  

A more comprehensive review of the technologies involved in characterizing and evaluating these reservoirs, with less in-depth coverage of hydraulic fracturing, is provided in the three-day course titled Shale and Tight Oil & Gas for Petroleum Engineers and Geologists. In addition, a more introductory review of shale development and fracturing is provided in the two-day Introduction to Shale and Tight Oil & Gas course.

Participants will learn to:
•	Characterize and rank-order the key reservoir properties influencing hydraulic fracturing treatments.
•	Define how production rates correlate to specific hydraulic fracturing options.
•	Apply simple equations to design fracture treatments and outline the limitations of these equations. 
•	Define the symbols, slang and options associated with the hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells. 
•	Construct a treatment plan, including quality checks, risk mitigation, monitoring and required equipment. 
•	Assess geologic factors creating variability in hydraulic fracturing mechanics, objectives and effectiveness 
•	Apply simple equations to quantify the appropriate fracture design and fracture spacing. 
•	Review the factors that define the appropriate interval to complete and stimulate. 
•	Apply simple equations and concepts to forecast hydraulic fracture geometry.
•	List the recent and emerging technologies in hydraulic fracturing and their potential benefits. 

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Shale Overview
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Objectives
  • Fracturing Equipment
  • Insitu Stress Considerations
  • Calibration Field Tests
  • Electric Logs in Shale
  • Sweet Spots
  • Kerogen to Hydrocarbons
  • Unique Core Analysis
  • Seismic Attributes
  • Economic Analysis Issues
  • Fracs in Horizontal Wells
  • Multi-Stage Technology
  • Completion Options
  • Optimum Frac Length Design
  • Treatment Optimization
  • Forecasting Considerations
  • Treatment Planning
  • Environmental Issues with Fracs
  • Quick Frac Design
  • Proppant Transport
  • Fluid Additives
  • Fracture Monitoring Options
  • Design Approaches

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Steve Hennings, M.S., P.E. is the owner of Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He is a registered professional engineer with a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Master's degree in Finance. Steve worked for a major energy company during his first 20 years in the oil & gas industry where he, completed a wide variety of reservoir, well completion, and production engineering assignments. His first work assignment involved evaluating hydraulic fracture treatments on tight gas sands to identify ways to optimize treatments and to improve the methods for forecasting the production response and he continues to focus attention on those issues. During Steve's employment he also led engineering and geoscience teams for: the largest U.S. oil field, the largest underground coal mine in Australia, and a prestigious petroleum laboratory and research center. For the past ten years Steve has worked as a technical consultant focusing exclusively on unconventional reservoirs in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India and other countries. Occasionally he conducts private or public technical workshops to share lessons learned from his on-going participation in these exploration and development efforts. Steve is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the Society of Mining Engineers. In 2008 he shared the annual Stefanko Award for his technical presentations.

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