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Hydraulic Fracture Mechanics Considerations for Unconventional Reservoirs

11 – 13 September 2013

Rancho Palos Verdes, California | Terranea Resort

About this Workshop


Hydraulic fracture mechanics are critical for designing well completions to ensure the wellbore is connected to the target reservoir system and to optimize reservoir contact area and system conductivity. The high activity of unconventional reservoir developments makes it timely to bring together industry experts to discuss lessons learned and uncertainties associated with vertical connectivity/containment, stimulation distributions, and hydraulic/effective geometries in complex reservoir architectures.

Sessions will include industry leading speakers on the following topics:

  • Rock/interface mechanics
  • Hydraulic/natural fracture interactions
  • Fracture geomechanics
  • Shale characteristics/fracture mechanics
  • Field scale diagnostics
  • Fracture mechanics modeling
  • Engineering considerations for well/reservoir interaction
  • Coductivity characteristics

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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.