Hydraulic Fracturing - Design and Treatment

Disciplines: Completions | Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on 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.


  • Rock mechanics/in-situ stress aspects of fracturing
  • Reservoir aspects of fracturing (How much fracture do I need?)
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Fracture design variables
  • Perforating for fracturing
  • Fracture diagnostics

Learning Level


Course Length

1- or 2-Day

Why Attend

You will receive a sound engineering approach to fracture treatment design and a thorough analysis of fluid/proppant selection and ancillary fracturing topics.

Who Attends

Production and completion engineers and field operations staff with basic to moderate knowledge or experience in designing, pumping or evaluating hydraulic fracture treatments can benefit from this course.

Special Requirements

Laptops are required for this course. The instructors 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) are awarded for the 1-day course, or 1.6 CEUs for the 2-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.


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.

Dr. Michael B. Smith is president and founder of NSI Technologies, a consulting firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has more than 20 years of experience in rock mechanics, well completions, and hydraulic fracturing. Smith has written more than 35 technical papers and holds six patents. He also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and wrote two chapters in the SPE Monograph, Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing. Smith recently received the Lester C. Uren Award for his technical contributions to hydraulic fracturing.

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