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SPE Horizontal Well Completions in North American Unconventionals Workshop

10 – 12 June 2014

Huntington Beach,CA | Hyatt Huntington, Huntington Beach

About this Workshop


This workshop will address key technologies and best practices for improving well performance and reducing well costs to optimize completions across the spectrum of active North American shale reservoirs. This year’s workshop will follow precedent from past workshops in first building a foundation using key learnings from the reservoir geosciences world.  Sessions and topics will reflect the ongoing industry emphasis on the liquid-rich plays, with somewhat less attention paid to dry gas. Presentations on the application of new and emerging technologies for the “shales” will follow the geosciences session. Field development topics will also be covered, along with post-treatment, production management, and reservoir remediation/rejuvenation.   Over the 2 ½ day event, six of the ten sessions will be devoted to key North American shale plays. These sessions will include the mature unconventional plays, Appalachian Basin plays, selected Canadian plays, Rocky Mountain plays, Permian Basin plays, and the Eagle Ford play. The theme is a “data-driven best practices” approach and operators, service companies, and academia are encouraged to show interpretations based on solid data.   The workshop will cover most of the critical aspects of shale reservoir development throughout the resource life cycle. If past results are indicators of future success, this event will bring new insights to attendees.

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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