Shale Hydraulic Fracturing: Design and Analysis

Production and Operations Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course covers the essential technology for planning, monitoring, and evaluating hydraulic fracturing treatments in shale reservoirs. Emphasis is on actual field results, practical approaches to treatment design, and the reasons for altering designs based on fluid and rock properties.


  • Shale reservoir properties impacting the fracturing design
  • Five fracture treatment objectives
  • Hydraulic fracturing mechanics
  • Pre-treatment calibration tests
  • Estimating and analyzing treatment dimensions
  • Fracturing fluid options and considerations

Upon completion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • Adjusting fracture designs based on changes in rock properties
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different completion options
  • Quality and safety control issues
  • Expected productivity impacts from changes in frac designs
  • Treatment monitoring methods and limitations
  • Cost-Benefit analysis
  • Environmental risks and issues

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

The size, cost, and critical contributions of fracture treatments in the development of unconventional reservoirs is driving an increased need to fully understand and evaluate fracture treatments and their expected and actual impact under different reservoir conditions. Such information is not only needed to refine designs and cost-benefit analyses, but also to help educate regulators, surface owners, managers, and investors about the process and the actual level of environmental risk involved.

Who Attends

This course is intended for participants who evaluate or develop unconventional reservoirs, especially those who have little experience with or limited exposure to fracture treatments in unconventional reservoirs. Participants involved in the engineering, geo-science, regulatory, forecasting, land, field operations and service segments, will benefit from this course.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-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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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.


Steve Hennings is the owner and principal engineer for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He has 20 years industry experience working for a mid-size oil & 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 & 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 & 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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