Discovery and Recovery Thinking in Shales

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course begins by summarizing the most important geoscience and engineering aspects of shales and illustrating these with case study posters that will be evaluated by teams. This is followed by a series of lectures and interactive exercises focused on quantifying the range of possible outcomes for your project and making good decisions about whether to continue or exit at each stage gate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify those geoscience and engineering aspects most critical for success
  • Learn how to quantify the range of potential project outcomes
  • Be able to apply good decision behavior to the stage gate process

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

Due to the inherent risks in shale plays, it is critical for practitioners to be able to quantify uncertainty, and estimate the range of risk involve. This course provides insights and tools for appraising and developing shale gas and shale oil opportunities.

Who Attends

Geoscientists, petrophysicists, engineers, and managers who are seeking to improve their effectiveness in exploring, appraising, and developing shale reservoirs.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Creties Jenkins is a Partner with Rose and Associates specializing in the characterization of unconventional reservoirs. Over the past decade he has conducted integrated studies, project reviews, and resource evaluations for 50+ companies and has taught 100+ industry courses and workshops. He has served as a technical editor, Distinguished Lecturer, and distinguished author for SPE and is a past president of the Energy Minerals Division of AAPG. Jenkins received a MS in Geology and a BS in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines. He is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional geologist in Texas.