Evaluating and Developing Shale Oil

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Drilling and Completions


This course is intended for those familiar with the terminology and basic evaluation processes applied to conventional oil reservoirs but who are interested in learning what is different about how tight oil and shale oil reservoirs are evaluated and developed. The learning objectives are:

  • Understand the differences between tight oil, shale oil, and conventional oil reservoirs
  • Review the key geologic features of commercially successful plays
  • Gain insights on how oil volumes and production rates are forecasted
  • Review what determines, and what can identify, the hydrocarbon composition in a shale
  • Understand the well completion and hydraulic fracturing design issues and approaches
  • Review global activities and key terminology

Why Attend?

Recent success in developing oil from very low permeability reservoirs in North America has sparked global interest in how these plays are being identified, evaluated and developed. This course addresses these issues that require unique approaches, as compared to conventional oil reservoirs, primarily in the areas of well design, hydraulic fracture design, log analysis, core analysis, and production forecasting.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers, geologists, technicians, sales representatives, investors, managers, and technical support staff.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) 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 trainingcourses@spe.org; 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 unconventional gas manager for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado. He has over 30 years of field and reservoir experience in a large number of basins, covering every phase of development. His focus for the past decade has been on coal gas, coal mine methane and shale gas development. He has been involved in technical evaluations of development and exploration prospects in eight different countries including China, Australia, Canada, India 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. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS in finance.

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