Shale Reservoirs: Identification, Evaluation, Development and Optimization

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This 3-day course addresses the role of shale as a new energy source. It deals with geological, geochemical, geophysical, petrophysical, drilling, completion, production, optimization, and economic evaluation of shale reservoir development. Why shale can be gas prone, oil prone, or both will be addressed. The course sheds light on the current status of our knowledge of shale reservoir development and discusses the technologies that are better suited to exploit hydrocarbons from shale reservoirs. It also conducts a discussion of shale plays in the US, the knowledge gained from producing shale reservoirs in the US, and how technology transfer may ensue internationally. The course will have an interactive format. Other topics include:

  • Logging, petrophysics, reserves assessment, reservoir characterization, and drilling
  • In-situ stress determination, geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, and completion strategies
  • Production, reservoir simulation, and surveillance
  • Case studies

Why Attend?

This course will expand your understanding of shale gas plays and give you an appreciation of the potential global impact of this important new resource.

Who Should Attend

This course is for all industry professionals who want a better understanding of the competitive environment for unconventional gas.


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for this 3-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.


Selim Hannan is a diversified professional engineer with more than 24 years experience in conventional and heavy oil, shale oil, and conventional and tight gas projects. He has worked for multinational energy companies, national and foreign oil companies, service and consulting companies, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Hannan holds BS and MS in petroleum engineering from Moscow Gubkin Oil and Gas University of Russia, a PhD in applied geosciences from the University of Toronto, Canada, and an MS in business administration from Heriot-Watt University of Scotland.

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