SPE Canada Unconventional Resources Conference 13 - 14 Mar 2018 Calgary Telus Convention Center Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Monday, March 12

08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00

Tuesday, March 13

07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 12:00
Opening Plenary Session Macleod A - B
Moderator(s) Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald
Speaker(s) Pat Carlson, Seven Generations; Rob Cox, TriCan; Nav Dhunay, Imaginea.io; Kevin Krausert, Beaver Drilling; Peter Tertzakian, ARC Financial Corp.

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Conference Chairs


About this session:

The opening plenary session will include keynote speakers followed by a panel discussion. 

Panel Session: Entering a New Era: Strategies for Growth in the Digital Age

The acquisition, digitization and analysis of data has revolutionized how the world conducts business. Companies that have capitalized on this technology have changed how the world interacts, and in doing so, have grown to be the largest companies in the world, outpacing energy companies. How can the oil and gas industry utilize these technologies to lower costs, drive innovation and create a more sustainable business model in the face of lower commodity prices?

Currently, visionary companies are investigating and implementing ideas to improve operations through the use of data analytics and engineered completions to lower costs and improve efficiency.

In this session, five leaders will share their visions on the direction they are taking their companies and industry. You’ll hear how they are integrating data analytics, ethical oil, crypto currencies and how they are attracting the next generation to propel the industry forward.



Deborah Yedlin
Business Columnist
Calgary Herald



Peter Tertzakian
Chief Energy Economist
ARC Financial Corp.

Pat Carlson
Founder and Former CEO
Seven Generations

Rob Cox
Senior Vice President Operations

Kevin Krausert
Chief Executive Officer
Beaver Drilling


Nav Dhunay
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Gibson

Founder and CEO, JAGYYC and Co-Founder

Rainforest Alberta 



10:00 - 10:30
10:15 - 10:30
01E  UR - Knowledge Sharing ePoster Foyer
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with the other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
Alternate 189816 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Huff-n-Puff Gas Injection Pilot Projects in the Eagle Ford B. Hoffman, Montana Tech
12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 17:00
01  UR - Unconventional EOR/IOR & EGR Macleod A1-4
Session Chairpersons Vijay Kumar Shrivastava - Computer Modelling Group Ltd., Larry Frederick - Schooner Consulting Inc
This session will explore novel research and application of Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Techniques in the context of unconventional reservoirs. The new techniques include use of surfactants in fracturing fluid, CO2-EOR in unconventional liquid rich reservoirs and investigation of EOR by injection of N2 and CO2 in tight reservoirs. A comprehensive study on viability of different EOR processes in Bakken and an interesting comparison of oil recovery from conventional versus unconventional reservoirs will be presented. The session will also highlight results obtained from dual permeability matrix-fracture core floods for enhanced recovery from tight oil reservoirs as also an insight into the Huff-n-Puff EOR processes in unconventional oil reservoirs.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189829 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Enhancing Oil Recovery by Adding Surfactants in Fracturing Water: A Montney Case Study H. Yarveicy, A. Habibi, S. Pegov, A. Zolfaghari, H. Dehghanpour, University of Alberta
1400-1430 189779 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Viability of EOR Processes in the Bakken under Geological and Economic Uncertainty K. Joslin, A.M. Abraham, T. Thaker, V. Pathak, A. Kumar, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.
1430-1500 189785 Reservoir Description & Dynamics A Parametric Study on the Applicability of Miscible Gases Based EOR Techniques in Unconventional Liquids Rich Reservoirs D.K. Alfarge, M. Wei, B. Bai, Missouri University of Science and Tech
1530-1600 189784 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Breaking a Paradigm: Can Oil Recovery from Shales Be Larger than Oil Recovery from Conventional Reservoirs? The Answer Is Yes! A.R. Fragoso Amaya, University of Calgary; K. Selvan, Nexen Inc.; R. Aguilera, University of Calgary
1600-1630 189805 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Dual-Permeability Matrix-Fracture Corefloods for Studying Gas Flooding in Tight Oil Reservoirs P. Luo, K.D. Knorr, P.P. Nakutnyy, Saskatchewan Research Council; S. Li, University of Calgary
1630-1700 189788 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Enhanced Recovery by Injection of Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide Mixtures in Tight Reservoirs: A Combination of Partial Pressure Reduction and Competitive Adsorption C. Santiago, A. Kantzas, University of Calgary
13:30 - 17:00
02  UR- Reservoir Characterization & Modeling Macleod A
Session Chairpersons Dylan Lougheed - IHS Inc, Claudio Juan Jose Virues - Alberta Energy Regulator
Despite over a decade of intensive unconventional resource exploitation, many subsurface mysteries remain unsolved. In this session, DFITs, production data, core tests, well tests, and seismic information are incorporated into novel analysis and modelling approaches to reveal new insight on reservoir behavior.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189826 Reservoir Description & Dynamics DFIT Analysis in Low Leakoff Formations: A Duvernay Case Study B. Zanganeh, M.K. MacKay, C.R. Clarkson, University of Calgary; J.R. Jones, NSI Fracturing LLC
1400-1430 189807 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Characterization of Reservoir Quality in Tight Rocks Using Drill Cutting: Examples from the Montney Formation (Alberta, Canada) A. Ghanizadeh , B. Rashidi, C.R. Clarkson, N. Sidhu, J.J. Hobbs, Z. Yang, C. Song, University of Calgary; S. Hazell, R.M. Bustin, University of British Columbia
1430-1500 189814 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Pressure-Transient Behavior of a Horizontal Well with a Finite-Conductivity Fracture within a Fractal Reservoir
A.R. Valdes Perez, T.A. Blasingame, Texas A&M University; L. Larsen, Kappa Engineering
1530-1600 189795 Reservoir Description & Dynamics 3D Geomechanical Modeling in the Complex Fracture Network of the Horn River Shale Using a Fully-Coupled Hybrid Hydraulic Fracture (HHF) Model: Permeability Evolution and Depletion E. Urban-Rascon, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary; C.J. Virues, Alberta Energy Regulator
1600-1630 189800 Reservoir Description & Dynamics A Laboratory Study of CO2 Interactions within Shale and Tight Sand Cores - Duvernay, Montney and Wolfcamp Formations M.M. Reynolds, D. Britten, Ferus Corporation; A. Cui, Trican Geological Solutions Ltd; C. Twemlow, M. Cook, Trican Geological Solutions Ltd.
1630-1700 189801 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Pressure Depletion's Impact on Induced Strain during Hydraulic Fracturing in Child Wells: The Key to Mitigate Fracture Hits and Pressure Interference S.J. Silva , A. Khodabakhshnejad, M. Paryani, A. Ouenes, FracGeo LLC; K.K. Venepalli, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.
13:30 - 17:00
03  UR - Slowback, Flowback, Drawdown Management/Optimized Hydraulic Fracturing Systems and Equipment Macleod B
Session Chairpersons David James Quirk - Trican Well Service Ltd., Juliana Yuk Wing Leung - University of Alberta
This session offers a diverse set of cutting edge topics for delegates interested in hydraulic fracturing and post frac flowback management. Topics that will be presented include the advances in frac fluid chemistry to enhance oil recovery, novel interpretation techniques for flowback data, drawdown management to enhance production, engineered diversion strategies, and understanding how unique formation mechanical properties may impact fracture growth.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189780 Completions Nano-Particle Surfactant in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids for Enhanced Post Frac Oil Recovery H.J. Quintero, M. Mattucci, R.V. Hawkes, B. O'Neil, K. Zhang, C.Z. Wang, Trican Well Service Ltd.
1400-1430 189812 Reservoir Description & Dynamics A New Simple Analytic Equation for Estimating Asymmetric Growth of Stimulated Reservoir Volume in Anisotropic Shales
R. Aguilera , Q. Li, University of Calgary
1430-1500 189822 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Horizontal Well Productivity Enhancement through Drawdown Management Approach in Vaca Muerta Shale D. Rojas, YPF S.A.; A. Lerza, Chevron Corporation
1530-1600 189827 Completions Engineered Diversion: Using Well Heterogeneity as an Advantage to Designing Stage Specific Diverter Strategies K. Wutherich, S. Srinivasan, L. Ramsey, W.M. Katon, R. Downie, Drill2Frac
1600-1630 189793 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Quantifying Reservoir Permeability in Shale Reservoirs Using After-Closure Analysis of DFIT by Considering Natural Fractures, Fissures, and Microfractures: Field Application Z. Chen, X. Liao, University of Petroleum China Beijing; H. Sun, W. Yu, L. Zuo, Texas A&M University; K. Wu, S. Wang, J. Li, University of Calgary
1630-1700 189799 Completions Evaluating the Impact of Mechanical Properties of Kerogen on Hydraulic Fracturing of Organic Rich Formations
E. Ghanbari, A. Aghajanpour, Amir-Kabir University of Technology; S. Khatibi, M.O. Ostadhassan, M. Ali, University of North Dakota; E. Amirian, University of Calgary
15:00 - 15:30
15:00 - 15:30
02E  UR - Knowledge Sharing ePoster Foyer
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with the other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
Alternate 189804 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Investigation of Gas Penetration Depth during Gas Huff-n-Puff EOR Process in Unconventional Oil Reservoirs L. Li, Y. Su, China University of Petroleum (East China); J.J. Sheng, Texas Tech University
Alternate 189794 Reservoir Description & Dynamics An Analytical Model Explanation for Recovering Oil from Organic Nanopores of Shales Y. Xu, University of Alberta; S. Yang, SINOPEC SINOPEC Petroleum E&P Research Institute
17:00 - 18:30

Wednesday, March 14

07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
04  UR - Unconventional Production Optimization Macleod A1-4
Session Chairpersons Silviu Livescu - Baker Hughes, Robert Liston - Shell Canada Ltd.
Unconventional production optimization has been of great interest in North America. Within the current oil price environment, maximizing the value from existing unconventional assets as efficiently as practical is more critical now than ever. This session consists of three studies highlighting workflows for production optimization of unconventional reservoirs. The session includes an artificial lift study for improving the gas-lifted shale well performance, an empirical decline curve analysis study applied to various field cases in prominent Canadian and U.S. unconventional plays, and a workflow study for coupling earth sciences with data analytics to operationalize well completion optimization.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 189828 Production & Operations Value-Driven Mitigation Plans for Severe Slugging in Gas-Lift Wells in Unconventional Shale Plays N.G. Bustamante, Schlumberger Canada; H. Lu, A. Mukhanov, S. Nagarakanti, C. Kwok, Schlumberger; G. Fai-Yengo, S. Atmaca, Schlumberger Software Information Solution
0900-0930 189802 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Reconciling Empirical Methods for Reliable EUR and Production Profile Forecasts of Horizontal Wells in Tight/Shale Reservoirs S. Yu, Z. Jiang, Optimization Petroleum Technologies Inc.; J. Lee, Texas A&M University
0930-1000 189790 Completions Need for Speed: Data Analytics Coupled to Reservoir Characterization Fast Tracks Well Completion Optimization P. Pankaj, Schlumberger; S.I. Geetan, R.M. MacDonald, EP Energy; P. Shukla, A. Sharma, T.C. Judd, S. Mensaria, Schlumberger
08:30 - 10:00
05  UR - Geological Challenges and Petrophysics in Unconventionals Macleod A
Session Chairpersons Tristan Euzen - IFP Canada, Jodi Anhorn - GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd
This session includes a variety of topics that will illustrate complex geological challenges faced in the development of unconventional resources and demonstrate innovative solution to mitigate them. These topics include controls on induced seismicity as well as estimation of rock and fluid property variations and their impact on reservoir quality.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 189820 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Empirical and Numerical Investigation of the Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Injection Rate on the Magnitude Distribution of Induced Seismicity Events A. Amini, E. Eberhardt, University of British Columbia
0900-0930 189803 Reservoir Description & Dynamics On Estimating Irreducible Water Saturation in Tight Formations Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry R. Solatpour, A. Kantzas, University of Calgary; J.L. Bryan, Perm Inc
0930-1000 189787 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Impact of Entrained Hydrocarbon and Organic Matter Components on Reservoir Quality of Organic-Rich Shales: Implications for “Sweet Spot” Identification in the Duvernay Formation (Canada) A. Ghanizadeh, C.R. Clarkson, K.M. Clarke, Z. Yang, B. Rashidi, A. Vahedian, C. Song, C. Debuhr, B. Haghshenas, University of Calgary; O.H. Ardakani, Geological Survey of Canada; H. Sanei, Aarhus University; D.P. Royer, Encana Corporation
08:30 - 10:00
06  UR - Optimal Field Development - Finding the Risk/Reward Balance Macleod B
Session Chairpersons Trevor J Meador - Voltage Wireline Inc, Mary Ann Clark - TAQA
There are many ways to maximize recovery, including many that are prohibitively expensive. On the other hand, if we don’t invest enough in additional wells, or perhaps more fracture intensity and placement, we will surely be leaving behind some recoverable resources. Everyday you are asked to find the right balance between risk and reward in the optimal development of your fields. This session of invited presenters will explore the many variables that impact these decisions. They will present the many factors and questions to consider along the way, and also share their experiences with how their companies continue to solve these complex problems.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 Interventional Distributed Fiber Optics: Design and Case Studies M. Steen, STEP Energy Services; A. McMurray, Darcy Partners
0900-0930 New Horizons in the Spirit River: Probing for Stimulation Effectiveness G. Hack, Jupiter Resources Inc.
0930-1000 Learnings From Permanent FiberOptic Monitoring: Encana Swan Pilot J. Zhang, Encana Corporation
10:00 - 10:30
10:15 - 10:30
03E  UR - Knowledge Sharing ePoster Foyer
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with the other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
Alternate 189791 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Determination of Thermal Maturity and Maturation Trajectories in Shale Petroleum Reservoirs with the Use of Modified Pickett Plots
B. Olusola, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary
10:30 - 12:00
Unconventional Reservoir Development Technical Panel Session Macleod A - B
Moderator(s) Chad Lemke, GLJ Consultants
Speaker(s) Dave Deline, Shell; Tara Jungwirth and Jerry Kohut, Chevron ; Derek Wheatley, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Winning the Unconventional Game

Is smart or engineered completions really a thing? Does a geometric design provide the best economic outcome in full-field development?

This panel will pair technical expertise with economists to contrast the different approaches applied achieving profitable unconventional reservoir development.

Discussion will be centered on well completions, including fracture design, well spacing, reservoir properties, technology pads, and how it all rolls up to impact the bottom line.  Join the conversation by engaging and sharing current trends from across the WCSB, and comparisons to the approach of our partners south of the border. 



Chad Lemke, Vice President, GLJ Consultants



Dave Deline, Completions & Technology Effectiveness Team Lead, Shell Canada

Tara Jungwirth, Decision Analyst, Chevron Canada

Jerry Kohut, Kaybob Duvernay UP&O Manager, Chevron Canada

Derek Wheatley, Managing Director, Co-Head of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Canada

12:00 - 13:30
12:30 - 18:00
Young Professionals Workshop - Oil & Gas Competitiveness: From the Canadian Energy Landscape to Your Own Career Telus Convention Centre, Glen Room (Room Number 208-209)
Ticketed Event
Speaker(s) Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus Energy; Ken Larson, Champion Performance Systems Inc

Oil & Gas Competitiveness: From the Canadian Energy Landscape to Your Own Career

Wednesday | 14 March 2018
Telus Convention Centre | Glen Room (Room Number 208-209)
Registration from 12:30 pm

Speakers start at 1:00pm

$25 for SPE members

$35 for non-SPE members

Register ►

Ticket includes networking cocktail and appetizers at 4:30pm


Join us at the Young Professionals Workshop to listen to and discuss the influencing factors impacting Canada’s energy competitiveness; perspectives on how Canadian producers are adapting to a changing continental energy landscape; and the effects on your career as a young professional in the energy industry.

Featuring two keynote presentations, our speakers will expose you to a wealth of knowledge and experience from the perspectives of the CEO of one of Canada’s largest energy companies and an executive leadership coach and former member of the Canadian National Basketball Team.


Alex Pourbaix

President and CEO of Cenovus Energy, will discuss how one of Canada’s largest energy companies has been influenced by fundamental changes in the Canadian energy industry and how the company is responding strategically in order to attract capital, access markets, and remain competitive in an increasingly continental energy landscape.

Ken Larson

Executive Coach and President of Champion Performance Systems Inc, will be discussing strategies and techniques that young professionals can implement to gain a competitive edge in their careers, including excavating one’s core values, building a compelling story, knowing how to get traction and build momentum, and holding oneself accountable.


Through the SPE Calgary Section website.

13:15 - 13:30
04E  UR - Knowledge Sharing ePoster Foyer
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with the other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
Alternate 189825 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Estimation of Petrophysical Properties of Tight Rocks from Drill Cuttings Using Image Analysis: An Integrated Laboratory-Based Approach C.P. Vocke, H. Deglint, C.R. Clarkson, C. Debuhr, A. Ghanizadeh, University of Calgary; S. Hazell, R.M. Bustin, University of British Columbia
13:30 - 17:00
07  UR - Effective Use of Data to Optimize Production in Unconventionals Macleod A1-4
Session Chairpersons Patrick Miller - Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc, Hassan Dehghanpour - University of Alberta
This session will examine different techniques to maximize value from data we collect in unconventionals. From machine learning to more traditional techniques such as pressure transient analysis and reservoir simulation, presenters will demonstrate how data can be integrated and analyzed to optimize production.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189808 Projects, Facilities & Construction Data-Based Smart Model for Real Time Liquid Loading Diagnostics in Marcellus Shale via Machine Learning A. Ansari, E. Fathi, F. Belyadi, A. Takbiri-Borujeni, H. Belyadi, West Virginia University
1400-1430 189831 Reservoir Description & Dynamics The Impact of the Net Stress on Gas Recovery from the Marcellus Shale M.N. El Sgher, K. Aminian, S. Ameri, West Virginia University
1430-1500 Simulation Study for Scale Management during Shale Gas Production E.J. Mackay, X. Wang, Heriot-Watt University
1530-1600 An Integrated Approach to Protecting Parent Wells from Offset Frac Communication G. Janega, Canbriam Energy Inc.
1600-1630 Managing Interwellbore Communication at Shell Fox Creek; Sharing the Continuous Improvement Journey G. Ayling, Shell Canada
1630-1700 Operational and Design Lessons Learned: Multi-Well Fiber Optics in Kaybob Duvernay L.J. Chrusch, B. Sinex, Chevron Canada Resources
13:30 - 17:00
08  UR - Tight Oil & Gas Reservoir Performance and Forecasting Macleod A
Session Chairpersons Frank J Palmai - Reservoir Engineering Consultant, Adam Preston - Alberta Energy Regulator
Since the commercialization of unconventional resources over a decade ago, developing accurate reservoir performance and forecasting techniques remain elusive. This session brings together both big data analytics and novel analysis methods to help address this issue.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189783 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Material Balance Forecast of Huff-and-Puff Gas Injection in Multiporosity Shale Oil Reservoirs
D. Orozco Ibarra, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary; K. Selvan, Nexen Inc.
1400-1430 189786 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Stochastic Modeling and Assisted History-Matching Using Multiple Techniques of Multi-Phase Flowback from Multi-Fractured Horizontal Tight Oil Wells J. Williams-Kovacs, University of Calgary/TAQA North Ltd.; C.R. Clarkson, University of Calgary
1430-1500 189823 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Machine Learning Applied to Optimize Duvernay Well Performance
B. Bowie, Apache Corporation
1530-1600 189815 Management & Information Predicting Economic Value in Unexplored Regions of an Unconventional Liquids Rich Play
J. Yip, P. Miller, T. Branter, Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc
1600-1630 189809 Reservoir Description & Dynamics A Markov-Chain-Based Method to Characterize Anomalous Diffusion Phenomenon in Unconventional Reservoir S. Liu, H. Li, P.P. Valko, Texas A&M University
1630-1700 189806 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Wettability and Capillary Imbibition in Shales; Analytical and Data-Driven Analysis

P. Mohammadmoradi, A. Kantzas, University of Calgary
13:30 - 17:00
09  UR - Case Studies Good, Bad & Ugly Macleod B
Session Chairpersons Lyle H Burke - Devon Canada Corporation, David Lindsay Langille - Shell Canada Ltd.
We all have projects, events, or operations that we are proud of, that we wish went better, and that we simply regret. Salient insights from a spectrum of experiences captured in case studies can help skew your upcoming results in the right direction. Please join us for an unconventional take on what has worked and what you need to avoid in the work within your respective developments.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189824 Completions Strategic Waterflood Optimization with Innovative Active ICD's in Crescent Point Energy (CPEC) A. Kozin, T.M. Stretch, A. Keshishian, J. Farid, Schlumberger; K.D. MacArthur, K. Barry, R. McDowell, Crescent Point Energy
1400-1430 189813 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Case Study of Time-Based Stress Shadow Influences on New Well Fracture Propagation Patterns in the Montney N. Peterson, Lithic Energy Solutions; B. Hlidek, M. Ng, R. Hughes, Packers Plus Energy Services; A. Ouenes, Y. Aimene, A. Khodabakhshnejad, X. Li, FracGeo LLC
1430-1500 189830 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Empowering Multivariate Statistical Analysis and Integrating It with Full Field 3D Geomodel Combined with Unconventional Fracture Modeling for Production Optimization, A Montney Example M. M. Faskhoodi, A. Zhmodik, Q. Li, D. Boskovic, O. Perez Michi, R. Venkateshwaran, T. Ogunyemi, Schlumberger Canada Limited
1530-1600 189797 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Eagle Ford and Pimienta Shales in Mexico: A Case Study M.M. Cruz Luque, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary
1600-1630 189811 Drilling Evaluating Human-Machine Interaction for Automated Drilling Systems R.J. Shor, A. Farhangfar, University of Calgary; A.M. Torre, Precision Drilling Corporation
1630-1700 189810 Completions Real-Time Completion Optimization of Fracture Treatment Using Commonly Available Surface Drilling and Fracing Data M. Paryani, D. Sia, B. Mistry, D. Fairchild, A. Ouenes, FracGeo LLC
15:00 - 15:30