Unconventional Petroleum Engineering for non-Engineers

Disciplines: Management | Reservoir

Course Description

This course covers the key concepts applied by petroleum engineers to design, monitor, and evaluate wells completed in shale and tight reservoirs. The course is intended for individuals working in the oil and gas industry who are not trained or experienced as petroleum engineers but who guide, support, or collaborate with these engineers in the technical evaluation or design of shale wells. A special emphasis is placed on the reservoir, production, and completion engineering terminology and evaluation techniques that relate to shale and tight reservoirs but are rarely included in the development of conventional oil and gas reservoirs.

Learning Level

Intermediate – non engineer

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

Shale courses have been developed in recent years for the petroleum engineers whereas this particular course is intended for the other technical and supervisory members of the shale evaluation teams so they are better prepared to support and/or guide the engineers. The engineering analysis of oil & gas plays includes integrating technical data from a variety of different sources. The preparation and transfer of information from these sources to the engineers improves as the people working with the engineers gain an appreciation and understanding of what data is needed by the engineers and how it will be used.

Special Requirements

Participants should bring a calculator or other device to solve simple math problems.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Additional Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Exploitation. 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.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

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.


Steve Hennings is the owner and principal engineer for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He has 20 years industry experience working for a mid-size oil & 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 & 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 & 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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