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Horizontal Well Completions in North American Shales

11 – 13 June 2013

Keystone, Colorado | Keystone Resort and Conference Center

About this Workshop


This applied technology workshop will address key technologies and best practices for improving well performance and/or reducing well costs to optimize completions across the spectrum of active North American Shale reservoirs. This year’s sessions and topics reflect the industry transition from shale gas to liquids rich and oily shales. Many other applied technology workshops and industry events are regional in scope, whereas this workshop enables discussion across a broader range of applications and reservoirs. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Current Best Practices and Evolution of Lessons Learned across Industry Shale Reservoirs including:
    • Legacy Shales: Emphasis on Transition from Gas to Liquids Rich and Oil
    • Rocky Mountains: including Bakken & Niobrara
    • Eagle Ford
    • Permian/Mid-Continent
    • Canadian
    • Appalachian
    • Emerging Plays
  • Understanding Critical Characteristics and Differences in Shale Resources
  • Well Performance Analysis
  • Production Management, Flowback, and Early Time Considerations

As we have done in the past, we are continuing with the theme of “data-driven best practices.”

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation.  CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.  A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.