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Hydraulic Fracture Flowback

6 – 7 November 2013

San Antonio, Texas | Omni La Mansion del Rio

About this Workshop


This workshop will focus on the mechanisms, tools, and processes of hydraulic fracturing flowback  operations. Load recovery is a key aspect to operational success of a hydraulically fractured well, and  practices can vary significantly between geological settings and basins.

For decades, the technical journals have been filled with the roles of capillary pressure, wettability, and relative permeability in controlling fluid recovery following hydraulic fracturing treatments. Fracture conductivity and initial flow rate has always taken center stage to completion success. Evidence is now mounting that controlled flowback and production management is a critical completion process and is now exacerbated with the increasing number of multiple fracture stimulations and longer-reach laterals.

The workshop session topics will provide opportunities for experts in both surface and subsurface disciplines to analyze, debate, share views, and generate information and knowledge on all aspects of hydraulic fracturing flowback operations.

Session topics include:

  • Flowback fundamentals
  • Regional best practices
  • Alternate fluids fracturing technology
  • Flow back design
  • Diagnostics
  • Completion considerations
  • Panel discussions

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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 1.6 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.