Hydraulic Fracturing Optimisation

Disciplines: Production and Operations

Course Description

This course presents the fundamentals of fracturing pressure analysis. This includes design parameters that can be determined, uses and limitations of such analysis for on-site design, and field examples. Sessions include real world examples from a variety of environments, from "tight" gas to high permeability, offshore, and "frac-pack" treatments.

Topics covered include in-situ stresses, fracture geometry, closure pressure determination, bottom hole treating pressure interpretation, pressure decline analysis, fluid efficiency, Fluid loss coefficient, pressure vs. fracture height growth—stress profile, proppant/fluid scheduling from pressure decline data.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Course participants will be able to:

  • Estimate formation stresses and mechanical properties
  • Design and optimise a hydraulic fracture job
  • Monitor and evaluate a hydraulic fracture job

Who Attends

Engineers those involved in design and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing jobs. Petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and supervisors working on well completions, stimulation, tight gas fields, carbonate reservoirs and offshore soft formations sand control will all benefit from this course.

Special Requirements

Participants should have moderate experience or exposure to the topic.


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

Additional Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Hydraulic Fracturing: Fundamentals and Advancements. Please check out this valuable resource!

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.


Ahmed Abou-Sayed is President/CEO and Founder of Advantek International, a consulting firm in Texas since 1999. He holds advanced engineering degrees from Egypt, France and the USA, and has over twenty-five years of experience within the petroleum industry covering technology development, management, and technical consultancy. His work has been focused within the areas of fracturing/stimulation, well integrity and stability, sand control, associated stream management, production geomechanics and environmental compliance, produced water management and waterflooding and oil field waste disposal.

Abou-Sayed is specialized in enhanced recovery of unconventional resources and deepwater reservoir exploitation. He is an effective lateral thinker and problem solver with a track record of successfully contributing to increased production and reduced cost through innovative solutions. Initiated, developed and implemented the FRACPACK technology in Alaska (1986), and large scale solids injection,  He was a senior consultant and lead of geomechanics in the Technology Resource group of BP and served with ARCO Technology Group where he was the technical coordinator of the Well Stimulation and fracturing team. Abou-Sayed served as vice president of TerraTek, in Salt Lake City Utah and was a United Nation Consultant for 4 years and served as the US-Japan NSF Exchange Protocol on Geothermal Energy. He has a wide and extensive experience with industrial and hazard waste disposal issues, with a strong knowledge of techno-legal issues related to environmental permitting of subsurface waste disposal and injection. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as the American Rock Mechanics Association. He is a Fellow of ARMA.

Abou-Sayed was named the winner of the 2005 Production and Operations Award from SPE International. He received two Chairman Outstanding Achievement Awards in both BPX and ARCO, holds 5 industrial patents, and has authored and co-authored over 110 technical publications and conference papers on reservoir engineering, hydraulic fracturing, well completions, rock mechanics, log interpretation, wellbore stability, produced water management, viscous oil recovery, waste disposal and environmental evaluation and permitting.  He was a distinguished member of the SPE in 2000, was awarded the Rock Mechanics Excellence Award by SPE/ARMA/ISRM in 2002, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. Throughout his career he has worked extensively with the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he filled roles as a chairman or member of several steering and implementation committees and was a member of the editorial board of two scientific journals. During 1992-93 he was the SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Advances in hydraulic fracturing applications.

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