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Technical Program

Wednesday, 24 September, 0800 to 0815

Opening Session

Speaker: Billy Harris, Elk River Resources

0815 to 0945

Session 1: Thinking Strategically

Session Chairpersons: Myra Dria, Pearl Resources; Jason Miller, COG Operating

This session highlights commercial and financial interests in the oil resources plays and price pressures imposed by limited transportation in the areas of rapid development. Will the significant players in the existing plays be able to maintain and improve performance? What will the effects be on basin product pricing with the realization of new capacity for movement? Where will this pricing impact be greatest?


  • Bill Haskett, Decision Strategies
    The Myth of Sweet Spot Exploration
  • Bill Marko, Jefferies & Company
    After the Shale M&A Gold Rush - Challenges in Delivering Results
  • Dave Pursell, Tudor Pickering Holt

    Permian Basin Completion Comparisons

1015 to 1145

Session 2: Drilling and Completions

Session Chairpersons: Jody Augustine, Marathon Oil; Robert Reyes, Harmonia Petroleum

Liquids-rich plays demand the latest in drilling and completions technology to ensure success. This session explores current techniques, geomechanics, tubulars and downhole equipment, support issues such as fluids and proppant, and logistics.


  • Don Purvis, Marathon Oil
    Beyond API—Cement Testing: What We Did, What We Do, What is Important
  • Felicia Yuen, Anadarko Petroleum

    Completion Practices in the Wattenberg Play

  • Bruce Darling, Geosyntec Consultants
    Stable Isotope Forensics as a Means of Differentiating Between Thermogenic and Biogenic Gases in the Wilcox Aquifer, Haynesville Shale Trend, Caddo Parish, Louisiana


1315 to 1445

Session 3: Integrated Monitoring Methods

Session Chairpersons: Alejandro Wills, Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service; Ray Flumerfelt, Pioneer Natural Resources

In characterizing unconventional reservoirs with evaluation of reservoir, formation and micro-seismic fracture events, technical expertise is required. This incorporates multiple data sets. An accurate description of the reservoir volume to be produced drawing, on an estimate for stimulated reservoir volume and/or production rates, is desired. This session takes a look emerging technologies to improve these aspects.


  • Jody Augustine, Marathon Oil
  • Microseismic Data Coupled with Offset Well Pressure Data: do the Dots Indicate Fluid Location?

  • Kyle Scott, Pioneer Natural Resources
    The Wolfcamp Shale – Technical Learnings to Date and Challenges Going Forward
  • Mike Mayerhofer, Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service
    Optimizing Unconventional Resource Development with Integrated Fracture Diagnostics

1515 to 1645

Session 4: Play by Play I

Session Chairpersons: Jay Stratton, American Energy Partners; Abdallah Harouaka, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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


  • Don Ritter, Endurance Resources
    300 BOE/day to 3000 BOE/day in a Year: Using Technology to Level the Playing Field for a Small Startup in a Big Capital Player’s Game
  • John Breyer, Marathon Oil
    Limestone Frequency and Well Performance, Eagle Ford Shale (Cretaceous), South Texas
  • Joe Magoto, Tall City Exploration

    Development Challenges in the Horizontal Wolfcamp on the Eastern Half of the Northern Midland Basin

Technical Program