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Monday, January 22
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
TC01 Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventionals Completions Montgomery B
Geomechanics â€“ in both completions and drilling operations â€“ has become a critical technology in the development of Unconventional Plays. This course presents the basics of oil field geomechanics and its application to unconventional developments; specifically, the role of stress, pore pressure, mechanical properties, and natural fractures on hydraulic fracturing operations. The first portion of the course will focus on the fundamentals of oil field geomechanics including stress, mechanical properties and failure. The latter part of the course will focus on hydraulic fracturing for Unconventional Resources with an emphasis on the characterization, geomechanics, modeling and field aspects of Unconventionals hydraulic fracturing (hydraulic fracturing in heterogeneous rock masses with the presence of discontinuities and weakness planes).
08:00 - 17:00
TC02 Fracturing Fundamentals for Non-Fracers Waterway 7
The course presents the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing, along with addressing the general process, the "terminology", and many of the "real-world" problems - in a concise format. The overall emphasis of the day is how hydraulic fracturing fits-in with, is impacted by, or impacts geologic concerns, reservoir engineering, and operations. The day will provide a general familiarity with fundamentals of the complete hydraulic fracturing process. That is - why it works (or doesn't), where is it applicable, and what might be considered in order to "do better".
08:00 - 17:00
TC03 Unconventional Completions - Wellbore Completions and Fracturing Montgomery A
This course gives an overview for completing, fracturing, and refracturing shales and other low-permeability formations that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Participants will learn the primary types of wellbore completion options, plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems, and coiled tubing-activated systems, and how they compare in different applications. Participants will also learn hydraulic fracturing and refracturing theory and design, including slick-water fracturing, cross-linked gels, fluids, proppants, additives, refracturing options, and identifying refracturing candidates.
08:00 - 17:00
TC04 Design of Fiber-Optic DTS and DAS Well Installations Waterway 6
This one-day training event introduces completion, production, surveillance and reservoir engineers to the design of fiber-optic DTS (distributed temperature sensing) and DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) well installations. A basic understanding of the principles and benefits of DTS, DAS and surveillance monitoring technology in general is assumed.
13:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 17:00
Tuesday, January 23
07:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 09:30
09:00 - 18:00
09:30 - 10:00
SE01 Welcome and Legend of Hydraulic Fracturing Award Presentation Waterway 1-8
Speaker(s) Richard Burl Sullivan - Anadarko Petroleum Corp
Richard Sullivan, 2018 Program Committee Chairperson, will welcome the conference attendees and present the 2018 Legend of Hydraulic Fracturing award.
10:00 - 11:30
SE02 What Do Hydraulic Fractures Really Look Like Waterway 1-8
Moderator(s) Stephen A. Holditch - Texas A&M University, Stephen A. Holditch - Texas A&M University
Speaker(s) Mark D. Zoback - Stanford University, Roberto Suarez-Rivera - W.D. Von Gonten & Co., Kevin Thomas Raterman - ConocoPhillips Co
The theme of the plenary session will focus on â€œ What Do Hydraulic Fractures Really Look Likeâ€. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Mark Zoback, Dr. Kevin Raterman, and Dr. Roberto Suarez-Rivera, all noted experts in Fracture Characterization, as Panelists for this Yearâ€™s Plenary Session.
11:30 - 12:45
13:00 - 17:00
01 Frac Diagnostics I Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Ding Zhu - Texas A&M University, Paul M Weddle - Liberty Resources LLC
Fracture diagnostics play an important role in understanding and improving fracture stimulation. In this session, we discuss different methods for fracture diagnostics, from downhole fiber optic sensors to diagnostic fracture injection tests and readily available flowback and pressure data. A focus on innovative uses of data collected to help in stacked pay delineation, well-bore spacing decisions and the assessment of single entry point fracture initiation will be presented.
|1300-1345||189842||KEYNOTE: Hydraulic Fracture Placement Assessment in a Fiber Optic Compatible Coiled Tubing Activated Cemented Single Point Entry System|
Delineating Stacked Pay With Existing and Emerging Diagnostic Tools
|1410-1435||189881||Diagnostic Testing and Analysis of Hydraulically Fractured Dual-Porosity Formations|
|1435-1500||189844||Estimating Unpropped Fracture Conductivity and Compliance from Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests|
|1545-1610||189851||Improved Well Stimulation Through the Application of Downhole Video Analytics|
|1610-1635||189894||Flowback-Based Minimum Stress Estimate in Low-Permeability Environment: Procedure, Interpretation, and Application in the Vaca Muerta Shale|
Integrated Approach to Determine Optimum Well Spacing in Saudi Tuwaiq Mountain Formation
Wavelet Analysis of Fracturing Pressure Data
13:00 - 17:00
02 Proppant Transport and Fracture Conductivity Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Harold Brannon - Sun Drilling Products Corp., Joseph H Frantz - Range Resources Corp.
The topics of this session relate to proppant transport and fracture conductivity. Proppant transport evaluations include studies on the effects of characteristics, fracture inclination, high viscosity friction reducers. Other notable papers investigate the effects of triaxial stress on fracture conductivity in the Niobrara Formation, and share stimulation results from nano-dispersion technology applications in the Delaware Basin.
|1300-1345||189856||KEYNOTE: Analysis and Modeling of Proppant Transport in Inclined Hydraulic Fractures|
|1345-1410||189892||Visual Analysis on the Effects of Fracture-Surface Characteristics and Rock Type on Proppant Transport in Vertical Fractures|
|1410-1435||189846||Applying Subsurface DNA Diagnostics and Data Science in the Delaware Basin|
The Impact of Stress on Propped Fracture Conductivity and Gas Recovery in Marcellus Shale
|1545-1610||189876||Enhancing Delaware Basin Stimulation Results Using Nanoparticle Dispersion Technology|
Fracturing Fluid Selection to Maximize Well Productivity for Tuwaiq Mountain Source Rock
|1635-1700||189839||Fracture Conductivity, Geochemical, and Geomechanical Monitoring of the Niobrara Formation under Triaxial Stress State|
|Alternate||189895||Proppant Transport in Complex Fracture Networks|
15:00 - 15:45
17:00 - 18:00
Wednesday, January 24
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 12:30
03 Frac Performance and Design Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Karen Olson - Southwestern Energy Company, Junjing Zhang - ConocoPhillips Co
This session aims at analyzing fractured well performance in different shale plays. Various experimental and numerical methods will be presented to build correlations between the well performance and well designs, geology, geophysical events, geomechanical and petrophysical properties. Well performance in many active shale reservoirs will be discussed in this session.
|0830-0915||Keynote: Extending Laboratory EOR Experiments to Well Performance in Unconventional Plays|
|0915-0940||189854||Impact of Near Well-Bore Geology on Hydraulic Fractures Geometry and Well Productivity: a Statistical Look Back at the Utica Play|
Geometry and Failure Mechanisms from Microseismic in the Duvernay Shale to explain changes in Well Performance with Drilling Azimuth
|1005-1030||189832||Laboratory Measurement of Microproppant Placement Quality using Split Core Plug Permeability under Stress|
|1115-1140||189875||Production Performance of Infill Horizontal Wells vs. Pre-existing Wells in the Major US Unconventional Basins|
|1140-1205||189859||Benefits of Engineering Fracture Design. Lessons Learned From Underperformers in Midland Basin.|
|1205-1230||189862||Developing Guidelines for Selection of Appropriate Fracture Models in the Numerical Simulation of Well Performance Behavior for Liquid Rich Ultra-Low Permeability (ULP) Reservoirs|
Hydraulic Fracture Design In the Presence of Highly-Stressed Layers: A Case Study of Stress Interference in A Multi-Horizontal Well Pad
|Alternate||189896||Fracturing in a Tectonically Stressed Area under Anomalously High Gradients|
08:30 - 12:30
04 Frac Modelling Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Michael Smith - NSI Technologies Inc., Xiaowei Weng - Schlumberger
Reservoir heterogeneities such as natural fractures bedding interfaces, and highly layered formation with layers on the order of inches (each of which may have different stresses) play a critical role in hydraulic fracture height growth and potential development of complex fracture networks. In order to more accurately model these heterogeneities and to incorporate 3D geomechanical effects of fracture interactions and depletion, increasingly more sophisticated 3D hydraulic fracture models are developed and applied in both improving the fundamental understanding and in the field studies. This session presents some excellent papers in this endeavor.
|0830-0915||189890||KEYNOTE: Modelling Near-Wellbore Hydraulic Fracture Branching, Complexity and Tortuosity: A Fully Coupled Geomechanical Modelling Approach|
|0915-0940||189889||3D Hydraulic Fracture Simulation Integrated With 4D Time-Lapse Multicomponent Seismic and Microseismic Interpretation, Wattenberg Field, Colorado|
|1005-1030||189834||Development of Acid Fracturing Model for Naturally Fractured Reservoirs|
|1115-1140||189861||Hydraulic Fracture Height Growth Under the Combined Influence of Stress Barriers and Natural Fractures|
|1140-1205||189883||Mitigating Risks in Hydraulic Fracture Design for a Complex Carbonate Reservoir|
|1205-1230||189852||Hydraulic Fracture Interaction with Cemented Natural Fracture: A Three Dimensional Discrete Element Method Analysis|
Benchmark Modeling of Hydraulic Fracture Interaction with Pre-Existing Fractures: Impact on Fracture Geometry, Proppant Distribution and Microseismic Response
|Alternate||189864||Mechanisms for the Formation of Complex Fracture Networks in Naturally Fractured Rocks|
09:00 - 16:30
10:30 - 11:15
12:30 - 13:30
14:00 - 17:00
05 Unconventional Fracturing Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Mukul Sharma - The University of Texas At Austin, Kathryn Briggs - Southwestern Energy Company
The design and diagnosis of completions in unconventional reservoirs are discussed through models, laboratory measurements and field studies.
|1400-1440||189848||KEYNOTE: Effectiveness Of Geometric Versus Variable Shot Clusters To Stimulate A Percolating Crack Network Capable Of Sustaining Flow|
|1440-1505||189866||An Engineered Approach to Hydraulically Fracture The Vaca Muerta Shale|
|1505-1530||189855||Optimizing Well Completion Design and Well Spacing with Integration of Advanced Multi-Stage Fracture Modeling & Reservoir Simulation - A Permian Basin Case Study|
|1615-1640||189888||Seismic Attributes Application for the Distributed Acoustic Sensing Data for the Marcellus Shale: New Insights to Cross-Stage Flow Communication|
Interaction Between Hydraulic Fracture and a Preexisting Fracture under Triaxial Stress Conditions
14:00 - 17:30
06 Environmental and Re-Fracturing Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Stephen Mathis - Chevron ETC, Francisco E Fragachan - Weatherford
This session begins with a fresh view of the EPA study related to the controversial subject of contamination risks to underground sources of drinking water. It evolves into a presentation of needed new API standards for shale developments. Then it turns into a discussion related to frac interference and ways to mitigate this problem. Finally, the session covers the increasing interest in refracturing shale wells and shares experiences that may help defining which wells to refrac.
KEYNOTE: A Summary of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Multiyear Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
|0240-1505||189897||New API Standards for Shale Development|
|1505-1615||189891||Choosing the "Right Products"|
Frac Hit Induced Production Losses: Evaluating Root Causes, Damage Location, Possible Prevention Methods and Success of Remedial Treatments, Part II
Evaluation of Cement-Isolated Casing Liner and Degradable Particulate Diverter Refracturing Treatments in the Haynesville Shale
|1705-1730||189870||Development of Efficiently Coupled Fluid Flow and Geomechanics Model for Refracturing Optimization in Highly Fractured Reservoirs|
|Alternate||189849||Parent-Child Fracture Interference: Explanation and Mitigation of Child Well Underperformance|
|Alternate||189902||Analysis of Horizontal Well Fracture Interactions and Completion Steps for Reducing the Resulting Production Interference|
|Alternate||189887||Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Shear Stimulation and Permeability Evolution in Shales|
15:30 - 16:15
Thursday, January 25
07:30 - 10:00
07:30 - 12:15
08:30 - 12:00
07 Frac Diagnostics II Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Paul Huckabee - Shell Exploration & Production Co, Dan Hill - Texas A&M University
This session will discuss applications and new technologies or analysis methods for evaluating stimulation distribution effectiveness, fracture geometry characteristics and well performance. Diagnostics presented include: Optic Fiber Distributed Sensing (Acoustic & Temperature), Microseismic, Proppant & Chemical Fluid Tracers, Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests, and Electromagnetic Imaging. Several authors emphasize the value of integration of complementary diagnostic methods to improve confidence in the interpretations and analysis. Effectiveness of diversion methods and application of diagnostics to calibrate models for frac geometry are also presented.
KEYNOTE: Prudent Design of Experiment with Integrated Diagnostics Improves Understanding of the Effects of Multiwell Stimulation in a Complex Multibench Reservoir
|0915-0940||189858||Demonstration of Proof of Concept of Electromagnetic Geophysical Methods for High Resolution Illumination of Induced Fracture Networks|
|0940-1010||189840||Reinterpretation of Flow Patterns During DFITs Based on Dynamic Fracture Geometry, Leakoff and Afterflow|
Diversion Optimization in New Well Completions
|1105-1130||189886||Measurements While Fracturing: Nonintrusive Method Of Hydraulic Fracturing Monitoring|
|1130-1155||189850||Qualifying Diversion in Multi Clusters Horizontal Well Hydraulic Fracturing in Haynesville Shale Using Water Hammer Analysis, Step-down Test and Microseismic Data.|
|Alternate||189884||Mapping Proppant Distribution in Hydraulic Fractures in Cased Wellbores Using Low Frequency Downhole Electrical Measurements|
08:30 - 12:00
08 Case Histories Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Martin Rylance - BP Exploration, Joram Hadden - Sierra Resources, LLC
The Case History session is an opportunity to share in lessons learned from successes and failures of field implementation. This is where Hydraulic Fracturing always learns the most. This session will provide invaluable insight to the tremendous advances in completion efficiency and productivity we have seen this year.
KEYNOTE: Case History of Completion Optimization in the Utica
|0915-0940||189880||Mining the Bakken II - Pushing the Envelope with Extreme Limited Entry Perforating|
Active Well Defense in the Bakken: Case Study of a Ten-Well Frac Defense Project, McKenzie County, ND
|1040-1105||189865||The San Andres Play: Observations and Challenges in Horizontal Wells on the Central Basin Platform, Permian Basin|
|1105-1130||189868||Optimization of Bakken Well Completions in a Multivariate World|
Case Studies of High Viscosity Friction Reducers (HVFR) in the STACK Play
Stimulation Design and Treatment in the Sycamore Formation of the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province Area of the Anadarko Basin
10:10 - 10:40
Friday, January 26
08:00 - 17:00
TC05 Hydraulic Fracturing-Design and Treatment Montgomery C
This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments.
08:00 - 17:00
TC06 Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production Montgomery A
This course acquaints participants with the basics of oil and gas shale evaluation and current shale selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments. Technologies include logging, frac interval selection, multistage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.
08:00 - 17:00
TC07 Water Treating for Hydraulic Fracturing Montgomery B
This course provides both an overview of water management and an in-depth look at critical issues related to sourcing (acquiring), reusing, recycling, and disposing of water in hydraulic fracturing operations. The course starts with a background of hydraulic fracturing operations and the different plays around North America. Options being used for transport, storage, reuse, and disposal are described for each of the different regions. The water management practices being used in the different regions are described and explained in terms of regional climate, type of shale and hence type of fracturing fluids being used, and the regional regulatory framework. Fluid characteristics are then described. The unique features of hydraulic fracturing fluids are given and compared to those of conventional oil and gas and fluids from other industries such as starch manufacture, pulp and paper, and food and beverage. Throughout the course, field experiences, practical issues, and field performance of equipment is presented.