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Technical Program

Wednesday, 19 September, 0800 to 0815

Opening Session: Chairperson Opening Remarks


  • Billy Harris, Wagner & Brown

0815 to 0945

Session 1: Thinking Strategically

Session Chairpersons: Billy Harris, Wagner & Brown; Myra Dria, Ristra Energy

This session highlights commercial and financial interests in the oil resources plays and the limitation of transportation constraints imposed by the rapid development of these areas. Will the significant players in the existing plays be able to maintain and improve performance? Will associated gas produced from these plays continue to depress natural gas prices to inhibit further dry gas development in the US?


  • Chris Tennant, Crosstex Energy Services
    Permian Basin Midstream Infrastructure and Rail Solution for NGLs
  • Manuj Nikhanj, ITG Investment Research
    State of the Industry: A Bird’s Eye View of Major Plays Across North America
  • Michael Kelly, Global Hunter Securities
    New Oil Play Economics

1015 to 1145

Session 2: Reserves and Well-Spacing: What is the Answer?

Session Chairpersons: Jayne Krawietz, Concho Resources; Lance Robertson, Marathon Oil

Presentations will cover the economically critical topics of production forecasting and estimation of hydrocarbon recovery and drainage areas. We will also discuss methods to determine appropriate well placement and spacing to minimize interference between wells and maximize value.


  • Pankaj Pande, Anadarko Petroleum
    Shale Resources Evaluations: A Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach

  • Randy LaFollette, Baker Hughes
    Bakken Evolution: Data and Trends

  • Doug Walser, Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service
    Constraining Variables in 3D Discrete Fracture Modeling to Optimize Spacing

1200 to 1330

Keynote Luncheon

A Sleeping Giant Awakes: The Renaissance of the Permian Basin

Separate ticket purchase required.

Keynote Speaker:
Steven H. Pruett
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Concho Resources Inc.

Steven Pruett joined Concho Resources in 2012 as senior vice president of Corporate Development.

Prior to joining the company, Pruett served as the president and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP, managing director at Quantum Energy Partners, and president of Petroleum Place and its subsidiary, P2 Energy Solutions. Additionally, he has served as president and CEO of both First Permian LLC and First Reserve Oil & Gas, both of which had Permian Basin assets. He began his career working as a petroleum engineer at ARCO and handled planning and business development for Amoco.

Pruett is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration with a master’s in business administration.

1330 to 1500

Session 3: Integrated Monitoring Methods

Session Chairpersons: Robin Hussey, ConocoPhillips; Robert Reyes, Halliburton

As activity continues in the shale plays, there are increasing methods to stimulate pay zones and create stimulated reservoir volume (SRV). Once SRV is accomplished, there need to be ways to evaluate which stimulation method are favorable. This session takes a look at merging technologies and their applications in unconventional plays.


  • Dick Leonard, ProTechnics
    Completion Optimization in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford Using Proppant and Fluid Tracers
  • Joe Dominguez, TerraSpark
    Drilling for Liquids in a Naturally Fractured Reservoir: A 3D Seismic Defined New Fault Block Extension
  • Dennis Dria, Myden Energy Consulting
    Fiber-Optic Monitoring for Frac and Production Optimization: A Survey of Distributed Acoustic and Distributed Temperature Well Monitoring

1530 to 1700

Session 4: Play by Play I

Session Chairpersons: Jay Stratton, Chesapeake Energy; Lance Robertson, Marathon Oil

Sessions 4 and 5 will provide introductions to new and developing liquids-rich plays, with a focus on issues related to effective exploitation. Topics for discussion will include reservoir and fluid characterization, well and completion design strategies, surveillance program design, and production practices.


  • Steve Sonnenberg, Colorado School of Mines
    Polygonal Fault Systems: A New Structural Style for the Niobrara Formation, Denver Basin, CO

  • Jasha Cultreri, Cultreri - Geophysics
    Using Seismic Inversion to Map Sand Porosity/Quality in the Delaware Mountain Group, Eddy County, NM

  • Megan Gosnell, ConocoPhillips
    Eagle Ford Play Overview

Thursday, 20 September, 0800 to 0930

Session 5: Play by Play II

Session Chairpersons: Myra Dria, Ristra Energy; Jackson Bi, Anadarko Petroleum

A continuation from session 4, this session explores three more potentially significant plays.


  • John Polasek, Apache
    Pennsylvanian Lower Cline Shale: Midland Basin Unconventional Resource Play  
  • Mike Vincent, Consultant
    A Study of 100 Refracs Performed in the Middle Bakken

  • Thomas Engler, New Mexico Institute of Technology
    Bone Spring/Avalon Play of Southwest New Mexico: What Next?

1000 to 1130

Session 6: Artificial Lift

Session Chairpersons: Doug Walser, Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service; Ken Neupert, Apache

This session addresses multiphase flow issues and flow assurance from first production through well mid-life and beyond. It will explore established and developing techniques and equipment designs to handle liquid loading, production optimization, and artificial lift in both vertical and horizontal wells.


  • Lance Robertson, Marathon Oil
    Power on the Run: Distributing Field Power in Rural Areas
  • Diego Narvaez, Schlumberger
    Artificial Lift Solutions for the Unconventional Plays in Eagle Ford Shale
  • Trevor Kopecky, Borets-Weatherford; Jeff Dwiggins, Apache
    Advantages of Running Permanent Magnet Motors in ESP Applications

1300 to 1430

Session 7: Tactics and Equipment

Session Chairperson: Robin Hussey, ConocoPhillips; Billy Harris, Wagner & Brown

Access to critical services has become challenging for large and small operators alike. We will discuss operations strategies to reduce delays, equipment wear and costs, and the improvements’ impact on performance.


  • Warren Sumner, Omni Water Solutions
    Net Zero Withdrawals of Fresh Water for Drilling and Completions
  • Andrei Zelenev, CESI Chemicals
    Surfactant Packages in Niobrara, Bakken, and Marcellus
  • Matt Mantell, Chesapeake
    Water Efficiency of Shale Development and Advancements in Produced Water Recycling

1500 to 1630

Session 8: Stimulation

Session Chairpersons: Jennifer Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines; Clyde Findlay II, Kinder Morgan

Adequate stimulation is a key to liquids-rich reservoir development. This session provides a variety of presentations on stimulation-oriented topics including the importance of establishing adequate conductivity for short-term and long-term production, fluid design concerns, and new techniques that are being applied in liquids-rich systems.


  • Robert Lestz, GasFrac
    Waterless Fracturing Technology: Changing Paradigms and Making the Most of Your Reservoir
  • Steve Schubarth, Schubarth Inc.
    Fracture Design Considerations for Liquid Rich Reservoirs
  • Chris Wright, Liberty Resources
    Coming up the Well Stimulation Curve in the Central Basin of the Bakken Shale

1630 to 1645

Closing Session: Chairperson Closing Remarks


  • Billy Harris, Wagner & Brown