Highlights of Completions, Fracturing, and Production

Drilling and Completions


This 1-day course will acquaint participants with recent knowledge in regard to well completions, fracturing, and production in shale gas reservoirs. Field data and interpretations will be emphasized. Attendees will receive an overview of shale gas/oil technologies (including multi-stage fracturing in horizontal wells), engineering interpretations of field data, and skills for field deployment and engineering analysis of real well completions.

Topics include highlights of the following:

  • World view
  • Candidate selection criteria
  • Examples of commercial production
  • Role of natural fractures
  • Rock mechanics secrets
  • Production variability and how to deal with it
  • Completion design: methods, frac stages, perforating clusters
  • Fracture network versus set of dominant vertical fractures
  • Shale oil versus shale gas
  • Challenges for R&D (e.g., proppant design)

Who Should Attend

Intermediate to experienced well completion, reservoir, and production engineers. Managers and geologists working in the area of shale gas/oil who want to expand their expertise. Professionals involved in R&D in this area.

Why Attend?

You will receive an overview of shale gas and oil technologies, including multi-stage fracturing of horizontal wells, with an emphasis on field data and interpretations in an interactive format. You will gain an understanding of the reasons for success of the revolution and become aware of the issues and the unknowns, which require R&D.


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 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.


Ian Palmer is a partner of Higgs-Palmer Technologies. He is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he consults in shale gas, coalbed methane, well completions and production, hydraulic fracturing, sand prediction, compaction/subsidence, and general geomechanics. Palmer was most recently a Geomechanics Specialist with BP in Houston. Before that he worked many years for Amoco in Tulsa, and shorter times for National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research, University of Arizona, Oral Roberts University, and the Los Alamos National Laboratories. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2001–2002 and has published more than 100 papers. Palmer earned his PhD from Adelaide University, Australia.

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