Hydraulic Fracturing/Pressure Analysis

Disciplines: Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

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


  • In-situ stresses and fracture geometry
  • Determining closure pressure and analyzing pressure decline
  • The interruption of bottom-hole treating pressure
  • Fluid efficiency and the fluid loss coefficient
  • Pressure vs. fracture height growth-stress profile
  • Scheduling proppant and fluid from pressure-decline data

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

Although operators have been fracturing reservoirs for decades, recent advances in the technology are having a dramatic effect on the industry. This course will give you a strong foundation for building your knowledge in this important area.

Who Attends

This course is for petroleum engineers who are involved, either directly or indirectly, in the design and  evaluation of hydraulic fracturing treatments.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to this class. To get the most from this class, participants should have a basic understanding of hydraulic fracturing and well completion concepts.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 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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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.


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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