Hydraulic Fracturing—Design and Treatment

Production and Operations Reservoir Description and Dynamics Drilling and Completions


This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments.

Topics Include:

  • Rock mechanics/in-situ stress aspects of fracturing
  • Reservoir aspects of fracturing (How much fracture do I need?)
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Fracture design variables
  • Perforating for fracturing
  • Fracture diagnostics

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

You will receive a sound engineering approach to fracture treatment design and a thorough analysis of fluid/proppant selection and ancillary fracturing topics.

Who Should Attend

Production and completion engineers and field operations staff with basic to moderate knowledge or experience in designing, pumping or evaluating hydraulic fracture treatments can benefit from this course.

Special Requirements

Laptops are required for this course. The instructors text, Hydraulic Fracturing, will serve as course material. Electronic PDF of presentation will also be given; participants must have Adobe read/write in order to take notes in electronic files.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/16hours) awarded for this 2-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.


Michael B. Smith is president and founder of NSI Technologies, a consulting firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has more than 20 years of experience in rock mechanics, well completions, and hydraulic fracturing. Smith has written more than 35 technical papers and holds six patents. He also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and wrote two chapters in the SPE Monograph, Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing. Smith recently received the Lester C. Uren Award for his technical contributions to hydraulic fracturing.

Carl T. Montgomery is an engineering consultant for NSI Technologies where his main responsibilities are technical service, engineering development and research in well stimulation and completions. He is recognized within the industry as one of the leaders in all areas of stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, matrix stimulation, cavity completions, waste/cuttings injection, rock mechanics and scale prevention/removal. He also has considerable experience in cementing, sand management, conformance control, perforating strategy and formation damage. Formerly, Montgomery was with ConocoPhillips, Arco and Dowell Schlumberger.

Over the course of his career, Montgomery has published more than 30 technical papers and holds numerous US patents. Montgomery served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1998–1999 and has been presented with awards from private industry and SPE, including SPE Engineer of the Year Award for Drilling and Completions in 2006 and ConocoPhillips Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Montgomery received BS and MS degrees in biochemistry from Colorado State University and Ball State University, and petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Wm. David Norman is an industry recognized subject matter expert in the area of sandstone acidizing, fracturing, sand control, productivity enhancement, and completion evaluation. He was a longtime employee of both Schlumberger & Chevron. Norman has worked in open hole and cased hole environments assisting with matrix, fracturing, and sand control efforts. He has authored more than 60 technical papers and articles, several texts, and training materials in the areas of cementing practices; matrix acidizing; sand control completions; on-site completion brine management; on-location pumping safety; fracturing in high permeability formations; fracturing for sand control and frac-packing. Norman is an SPE Distinguished Member, and has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and is one of the co-authors/editors of the SPE Frac Packing Handbook.

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