Fundamentals of Unconventional Gas and Oil Reservoir Assessment

Drilling and Completions Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Production and Operations


The training course will introduce the attendees to the fundamental properties and characteristics of unconventional gas/oil reservoirs. The rock and fluid analytical techniques that are critical for unconventional reservoir evaluation will be covered in detail. The integration and interpretation of rock, fluid, and log data that are necessary to evaluate the prospectivity of unconventional reservoirs will also be reviewed.

Attendees will become familiar with the key analytical methods used to characterize the reservoir characteristics of unconventional reservoir systems. They will learn how to design rock and fluid collection and analysis programs for unconventional exploration and appraisal wells. Attendees will also learn how to the use rock and fluid data to perform risk assessment and prospect evaluation of unconventional reservoirs.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day


0.8 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.


Chad Hartman is chief technical advisor for Weatherford Laboratories based in Golden, Colorado. Since joining Weatherford Laboratories thirteen years ago he has been involved in the research, development, and integration of multiple technical disciplines to improve industry understanding of unconventional gas and oil reservoirs. He has authored, coauthored and presented numerous innovative technologies and theories to the industry around the world. Hartman is acknowledged as an industry expert in unconventional reservoirs and integrating formation evaluation data. His credentials include design and development of Weatherford Laboratories’ state-of-the-art Adsorption Isotherm Laboratory, field and laboratory protocols, and data QC/QA methods. He currently supports Weatherford Laboratories’ client consultation services, global business development, product research and development, and data interpretation services.

Chad holds a BS in chemistry from Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colorado) and has also worked as an analytical and applications research chemist.