Advanced Reservoir Engineering for CSG/CBM

Drilling and Completions Reservoir Description and Dynamics Production and Operations


This four-day course will begin with the reservoir characterisation process then proceed to techniques for calculating water and gas volumes and recovery factors from either existing production data, exploration data or pilot well data. Special emphasis will be placed on the methods unique to CSG/CBM, as compared to conventional gas reservoirs. Techniques will also be presented on identifying sweet spots, optimizing drilling and completion methods, maximising reserve bookings, and identifying work-over opportunities. The technical level will increase as the course proceeds but the starting assumption is that all attendees are already involved or trained in evaluating CSG/CBM or other gas reservoirs.

The process of drilling wells into coal seams for commercial gas development has been tested around the world and in some cases it has been very successful. This process has been referred to as CSG, CBM, CSM or CMM development but no matter the name, the process must be adapted to account for the unique coal characteristics and economic drivers found in each basin.

Course agenda »

Learning Level


Course Length

4 Days

Why Attend?

Focusing on the technical data and analysis techniques required to forecast and understand production from both new and existing development activities.

  • Learn the geological characteristics of CSG/CBM and the fundamental factors that determine the commercial potential of a particular play.
  • Recognise the objectives, timing and costs required for the various stages of exploration, pilot testing and development.
  • Review the unique characteristics, challenges and key lessons learned for each commercial CSG/CBM basin in Australia and in North America.
  • Understand the unique lab data required for CSG/CBM evaluations and the common measurement errors and mistakes in lab data interpretation.
  • Become familiar with the drilling and completion options for CSG/CBM and their impact on productivity and ultimate recovery.
  • Review the life-cycle of CSG/CBM wells and the different methods, and common errors, involved in forecasting production for each cycle.
  • Learn what technical processes and tools are applied to designing and evaluating the effectiveness and impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
  • Review the benefits and limitations of the five different categories of computer simulation models.
  • Gain an understanding of the current development trends and emerging technology.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, geologists, managers, consultants, technical support staff, and service providers wanting to learn more about the unique methods for evaluating CSG/CBM development.


3.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 4-day course.


Steve Hennings

Steve Hennings, M.S., P.E. is the Principal Engineer for Source Rock Engineering, in Littleton, Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelors degree in petroleum engineering and a Masters degree in finance. His 30 years of experience are spread between reservoir, completions and production engineering assignments ranging from rig foreman to computer simulation specialist to regional technical coordinator. He has field and reservoir experience in a large number of basins, covering every phase of exploration and development. His focus for the past ten years has been exclusively on developing coal gas, tight oil, and shale reservoirs in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India, and other countries. Occasionally, he also conducts courses for SPE to share lessons learned from his ongoing participation in unconventional reservoir development. These courses are listed in the SPE Training Catalogue and include "Shale and Tight Oil Evaluation and Development", "Coalbed Methane Reservoir Analysis" and “Shale Hydraulic racturing: Design and Analysis".

Hennings is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the Society of Mining Engineers. In 2008, he shared the prestigious annual Stefanko Award for his technical contributions.

Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson is the Managing Director of CoalBed Energy Consultants. He has more than 35 years of experience in resource assessment, coal seam geology, gas, exploration, and the practical application of geophysics. He has worked as a private consultant in the resource industry since 1998 specialising in coal seam gas and technology development. Previously, Thomson managed several small service businesses in addition to being involved in the development of advanced geological, drilling, and geophysical technologies.

Over the past ten years, Thomson has focused on private consulting and research activities related to the developing CSG industry, and coal mine methane, geology, and drilling technology.

He is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, University of New England, and Deakin University. In 2008, he shared the prestigious annual Stefanko award for presenting and co-authoring “"A Petroleum Industry Approach to Coal Mine Gas Drainage".

Thomson conducts CSG training for the international Society of Petroleum Engineers and also frequently provides private training for several Australian CSG operators.