Shale and Tight Reservoir Technical Analysis

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course covers the essential concepts and techniques applied in evaluating hydrocarbon storage and productivity potential in shale and tight reservoirs, with an emphasis on practical methods uncommon to conventional reservoir analysis. The limitations and advantages of the different techniques will be illustrated through examples compiled from actual evaluation studies in several different basins. The pace and content of the course is intended for those looking to gain a solid understanding of unconventional reservoir concepts who are already very familiar with reservoir evaluation techniques for conventional oil & gas reservoirs.


    • Unconventional reservoir factors having the largest impact on well productivity and hydrocarbon storage
    • Quality control analysis and applications for unconventional core test data
    • Well spacing concepts and optimization
    • Geochemical and electric log considerations
    • Factors generating sweet spots
    • Geologic factors impacting the success of frac treatments

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

  • Specific geologic data that must be compiled to evaluate unconventional reservoirs 
  • Reliability and application of the essential reservoir data measurements
  • Unique terminology and concepts applied in unconventional analysis
  • Critical issues impacting well productivity and forecasting that are often over-looked
  • Unique geologic features of commercially successful plays

Learning Level

Intermediate when a 1-day and Intermediate to Advanced for 2+ days

Course Length

1 to 4 Days

Why Attend

Success in developing oil from very low permeability reservoirs in North America has sparked global interest in how these plays are being identified, evaluated and developed. This course covers the unique approaches, as compared to conventional oil reservoirs, that are being applied to determine the best unconventional reservoir interval(s) to complete and to calculate the anticipated recovery volumes.

Who Attends

This course is intended for engineers, geologists, and technical support staff.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this when it is a 1-day course, 1.6 for a 2-day, 2.4 for a 3 -day and 3.2 for a 4-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 of industry experience working for a mid-size oil and 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 and 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 and 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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