Unconventional Reservoir Geology for Non-Geologists

Course Overview
There are many differences between unconventional reservoirs and conventional reservoirs, including the many concepts, technologies and processes that are unique to unconventional reservoir evaluation and development efforts. For example, with conventional reservoir exploration there can be much less interaction between geologists and engineers because the reservoir properties that are sought by the geologist are basically the same properties that are desirable to the engineers. This is often not the situation when dealing with unconventional reservoirs and, in fact, some key rock property data needed by the development team are often not considered or collected by the geologists working on unconventional reservoirs.  

A portion of this problem can be attributed to the fact most industry training and academic textbooks are still primarily focused on conventional reservoirs. Another contributing factor is that the completion, facility and reservoir engineers are often not aware that their contributions to exploration programs must be greatly expanded when they transition from conventional to unconventional reservoirs. These issues are remedied by providing the engineers a good understanding of the geologic evaluation process for unconventional reservoirs, including gaining an appreciation for the reliability of the geologic data and knowing what data specifically must be requested from the geologist.  

Course participants will gain a solid practical understanding of the geologic evaluation process for unconventional reservoirs, with a special emphasis on how and why the evaluation methods and required data are different for conventional reservoirs. 

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • What the Petroleum Geologist delivers to the Oil & Gas Industry
  • Geologic Characteristics of the Rocks containing Oil and/or Gas
  • Geologic Evaluation Processes, Concepts and Terminology
  • Identifying and Mapping Oil & Gas Prospects
  • Differences in Evaluating Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Geologic Tools for Reservoir Characterization and their Limitations
  • Identifying and Understanding Sweet Spots
  • Quality Checking the Geologists Data and Interpretations
  • Examples of Actual Data and Analysis Results
  • Geologic Data Collection for Calculating Hydrocarbon Volumes
  • Analysis of Electric Logs and Cores for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

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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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