Fracturing Fundamentals for Non-Fracers

Production and Operations Reservoir Description and Dynamics

Course Description

The course presents the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing, along with addressing the general process, the "terminology", and many of the "real-world" problems - in a concise format. The overall emphasis of the day is how hydraulic fracturing fits-in with, is impacted by, or impacts geologic concerns, reservoir engineering, and operations. The day will provide a general familiarity with fundamentals of the complete hydraulic fracturing process. That is - why it works (or doesn't), where is it applicable, and what might be considered in order to "do better".


  • Introduction – What is fracturing?
  • Reservoir Engineering Aspects of Fracturing
    • What can fracturing do?
    • What type of fracture do I want?
  • Fracturing
    • Impact of geologic environment
    • Major fracture variables, i.e., can I create the fracture I want?
  • Candidate Selection
    • Combines the above discussion into discrete "Candidate Recognition" examples
  • Fracturing Materials
  • Diagnostics
    • How do I know if I achieved my goal?

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

The course will introduce the basic concepts and terminology of hydraulic fracturing, enabling you to intelligently discuss the potential applications to your well. For geologists and geophysicists, it will provide an ability to recognize very early in the evaluation process the potential for fracturing to improve potential target formations, as well as learning what types of formations make the best targets for fracture stimulation.

Who Attends

The course is intended for engineering managers, geologists, geophysicists, reservoir en­gineers desiring general information about the process, and what it can do for them.  It is also intended as a general review for petroleum engineers with knowledge/experience about fracturing, but no current active involvement.

Special Requirements

Laptops are required for this course. The instructor's text, Hydraulic Fracturing, will serve as course material. Electronic PDF of presentation will also be given; participants must have Adobe read/write in order to take notes in electronic files.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/8 hours) 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.

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Carl T. Montgomery is a Senior Engineer with NSI Technologies, Inc., a petroleum engineering firm in Tulsa. Carl 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.