Hydraulic Fracturing

Production and Operations Drilling and Completions Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Projects, Facilities and Construction HSSE


This course is designed to cover the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. We begin by discussing how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments.

Topics covered include:

  • Candidate Selection
  • Rock Mechanics/In Situ Stress Aspects of Fracturing
  • Reservoir Aspects of Fracturing (How much fracture do I need?)
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Fundamental Concepts of Fracture Propagation, Fracture Width, etc.
  • Fracture Design Variables          
  • How to Develop Required Datasets
  • How to Combine This to Develop the Final Pump Schedule
  • Fluids & Proppant
  • Perforating for Fracturing
  • Fracture Diagnostics

Learning Level

Beginner & Intermediate

Why Attend?

The course provides a sound engineering approach to fracture treatment design. This begins with rock mechanics to estimate in situ stresses for preliminary proppant selection and well construction. Reservoir aspects of fracturing are then explored to determine how much fracture is desired (long/skinny or short/ fat). Basic fracture mechanics are then reviewed to identify the critical design parameters along with a discussion of data sources for these properties. These values are then combined to arrive at a design and final pump schedule. The material also includes a thorough discussion of fluid/proppant selection and ancillary fracturing topics—such as how to perforate for a frac treatment and how to select appropriate diagnostics.

Who Should Attend

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Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Carl Montgomery

Carl Montgomery is one of those unique individuals that bring experience from both the service (17 years) and operator (20 years) perspective.  His extensive domestic and international expertise includes propped and acid fracturing, matrix stimulation, geomechanics, and well completions.  He has authored chapters in 5 technical books/monographs and 25 technical papers, while receiving 22 patents, and numerous industry awards— including the prestigious 2006 SPE Drilling and Completions Engineer of the Year Award.