Shale and Tight Reservoir Overview

Production Operations Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course provides a technical overview of the geologic, evaluation, completion and development aspects of shale with a special emphasis on what is unique compared to conventional oil and gas. The course also reviews the status and characteristics of various plays and the factors that control reserves and productivity. Participants will gain practical insights on the techniques and technology applied in evaluating and developing shale.

Topics Include:

  • Resource analysis
  • Locating sweet spots
  • Production forecasting
  • Key terminology and concepts
  • Design and analysis of horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing
  • Identification and impacts of hydrocarbon composition variability

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 or 2 Days

Why Attend?

The class will provide a solid foundation for a broader understanding of shale exploration and development activities. It’s also a great opportunity to network with others involved in shale development.

Who Should Attend

This course is for engineers, geologists, managers, regulators, planners and anyone else involved in evaluating or developing shale gas plays.

Special Requirements

Participants are assumed to have a basic understanding of general engineering and geologic terms.


0.8 or 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1- or 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


Steve Hennings is the principal engineering consultant for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado. He has over 30 years of field and reservoir experience in a wide variety of basins, working in various roles—ranging from production superintendent, to regional technology coordinator, to engineering and geoscience manager. His focus for the past decade has been providing technical support on many unconventional reservoir projects. Including onsite supervision of work activities in Australia, Canada, China, Turkey, South Africa, 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 and holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS in finance.

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