Shale and Tight Reservoir Technical Analysis

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Drilling and Completions


This course is intended for those who are very familiar with reservoir evaluation and development concepts for conventional reservoirs but who are interested in learning more about the unique technologies applied to shale oil and tight oil.

Topics include:

  • Understand the key differences between tight oil, shale oil, and conventional oil reservoirs
  • Review the unique test, terminology and work flow associated with unconventional oil reservoirs
  • Gain insights on the test and techniques for estimating oil composition and volumes
  • Understand the techniques for locating and ranking potential development areas
  • Review the limitations and applications of current engineering and geosciences analysis

At the end of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • How and why well completion and hydraulic fracturing designs continue to evolve
  • Review critical issues impacting well productivity, and forecasting, that are often over-looked
  • Review the unique development and geologic features of commercially successful plays

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

1 or 4 Days

Why Attend?

Recent success in developing oil from very low permeability reservoirs in North America has sparked global interest in how these plays are being identified, evaluated and developed. This course addresses these issues that require unique approaches, as compared to conventional oil reservoirs, primarily in the areas of well design, hydraulic fracture design, log analysis, core analysis and production forecasting.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers, geologists, and technical support staff.


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; 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.


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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