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Understanding Well Performance and Optimizing Completions in the Bakken

10 – 12 December 2013

San Diego, California | Omni San Diego Hotel

About this Workshop


The Bakken and Three Forks formations have become one of the premier oil plays in North America, with horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing being key components of that success. Completion and stimulation technology in the Bakken has continually evolved, resulting in more fracture treatment stages, more efficient operations, and improved well performance. As the Bakken transitions from acreage capture and appraisal to intense field development, there will be significant opportunities to optimize economic returns. The focus of this workshop will be on understanding Bakken well performance to better characterize completion efficiency and drainage patterns. The workshop will discuss bridging the gap between reservoir characterization and completion strategy, emphasizing geological issues that can significantly impact stimulation designs, the number of fracture treatment stages, well spacing, and economic oil recovery. To address our ongoing challenges to continually improve Bakken development the workshop will take a holistic approach that includes the integration of geological, geophysical, geomechanical, reservoir engineering, and completion engineering disciplines.

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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