Shale Evaluation and Development


Production Operations Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Description

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

Intermediate

Course Length

3 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.

CEUs

2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 3-day course.

Instructor

Steve Hennings is the owner and principal engineer for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He has 20 years of industry experience working for a mid-size oil and gas company where he was assigned a wide variety of technical and development roles ranging from production superintendent to simulation engineer to regional technology coordinator.

Ten years ago, he left the company to form his own consulting firm, providing technical guidance and onsite supervision for oil and gas development projects in over a dozen different countries. This included individual long-term assignments leading the engineering and geoscience teams at the largest oil field in the United States, the largest underground coal mine in Australia, a major oil and gas research center, and an international evaluation team for unconventional gas reservoirs. Occasionally he conducts technical workshops, including several different courses for the SPE, to share lessons learned from ongoing evaluations.

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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