Shale and Tight Oil & Gas for Petroleum Engineers and Geologists

Course Overview
This three-day course focuses on the technologies currently being applied in evaluating and developing oil and wet gas from shale and other tight reservoirs. The course material is intended for engineers and geologists who are familiar with conventional oil and gas evaluation concepts and are seeking information on the unique aspects of shale evaluation and development. Included in the sessions are the unique concepts, data collection methods, evaluation techniques, development processes and completion technologies. Participants will be asked to complete class problems and case studies using data from existing and emerging shale plays.

Participants will learn to:
•	Characterize and rank-order the key reservoir properties for successful shale development.
•	Define how production rates correlate to specific well completion and hydraulic fracturing options.
•	Assess the geologic features that create sweet spots and development tiers in specific plays. 
•	Characterize and quantify the hydrocarbon volumes contained in various shale plays using measurements 
        related to absorption, adsorption, pyrolysis, maturity, yields, and source rock kinetics. 
•	Assess geologic factors creating variability in hydraulic fracturing mechanics, objectives and effectiveness.
•	Define the unique terms, abbreviations and concepts applied in unconventional reservoir development. 
•	Apply basic equations to quantify the appropriate fracture design, fracture spacing and well spacing. 
•	Evaluate methods to analyze and quality-check pyrograms, isotherms, desorption data, and log data. 
•	Understand the unique methods to forecast rates and drainage volumes for shale, and their limitations.  
•	List the recent and emerging technologies in the shale industry and their potential benefits. 
•	Evaluate case study information to define the unique attributes of selected shale plays. 

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
26-Sep-18 Calgary (3 days) $ 2,375 CAD
Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Status and Impacts of Shale and Tight Reservoir Development
  • Development Strategies and Timing
  • Recommended Core Tests and Options
  • Shale and Tight Rock Characteristics
  • Quick-Look Economics
  • Reservoir Quality Indicators and Characterization
  • Fracturing Objectives and Mechanics
  • Frac Stage Design Fundamentals
  • Fracturing Fluid and Additive Options
  • Horizontal Drilling and Completions
  • Frac Design Fundamentals for Shale
  • Seismic and Micro-Seismic Issues
  • Correlations of Well Completion Options to Well Performance
  • Production Results from Different Frac Designs
  • Development Challenges and Solutions
  • Emerging Trends and Technologies
  • Environmental Issues

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Instructor

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.

Training Venue

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).

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August 27, 2015, Geoscience Project Lead, Calgary
Great course! I suggest that if you're looking to improve, extend it to 4 days and bring in a geologist for a day or two.
August 24, 2015, Development and Production Manager, Calgary
The course gave me a good perspective on Shale oil and gas, and has provided me good insights on the important factors related to shale evaluation, development, drilling & completions, and production.
August 21, 2015, Reservoir EIT, Calgary
This course really helped to get a good handle on theory & technical jargon for Shale/Tight reservoirs and also highlight differences in geological assessment, project development and commerciality between them and conventional reservoirs.