Coalbed Methane Development

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course outlines the unique characteristics of coalbed methane (CBM) reservoirs.  It reviews key reservoir data and explains how variations in the properties of coal impact completion strategies, performance, and recovery.  Comments and examples provide an overview of CBM developments around the globe. Participants will also learn to recognize the factors that control gas-in-place and productivity.

Topics include:

  • How to collect, screen, and interpret critical data
  • How to calculate reserve volumes and forecast production
  • Computer simulation
  • Future opportunities and technologies

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

This class provides practical insight and techniques for quality control and due diligence. It’s also an excellent opportunity to share ideas and meet others in the CBM industry.

Who Should Attend

This course is for engineers, geologists, geophysicists, investors, manages, government officials, planners and technical support staff who are interested in evaluating CBM fields and understanding the future of the industry.

Special Requirements

Participants should have a basic understanding of general engineering and geologic terms.


.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Steve Hennings is the principal engineering consultant for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado. He has over 30 years of field and reservoir experience in a wide variety of basins, working in various roles ranging from production superintendent to regional technology coordinator to engineering and geoscience manager. His  focus for the past decade has been on providing technical support on many unconventional reservoir projects, including onsite supervision of work activities in Australia, Canada, China, Turkey, South Africa and the United States. 

In 2008, Hennings was awarded the prestigious annual Stefanko Award from the Society of Mining Engineers for his technical contributions. Hennings is a registered professional engineer and holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS in finance.

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