SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium 15 - 16 Oct 2018 Doubletree Hotel - Greenway Plaza Houston, Texas, USA


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Sunday, October 14

07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Training Course: Managing Your Business Using PRMS and SEC Standards (2018 Update)
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Rawdon Seager

This course is an overview of the 2018 updated SPE Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. The PRMS is an industry standard approach to classifying petroleum resources. This course compares the key features of PRMS and SEC regulations, and explains how companies may combine the two standards to better manage their business. 


  • PRMS project background including the reasons for and topics included in the update

  • Major principles and key guidelines in PRMS

  • How PRMS captures risk and uncertainty

  • Assessing and reporting unconventional resources

  • SEC disclosure requirements

  • SEC pricing requirement

  • The concept of “Economic Producibility”

  • The use of reliable technology in defining proved reserves limits

  • SEC supplemental guidance

  • Comparison of SEC and PRMS guidelines

  • Reporting requirements and control processes

  • PRMS support for resources, project, and portfolio management

  • Integrating internal business management and external disclosures

  • Improving quality assurance in resource evaluations

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Tuesday, February 05

09:30 - 11:30
P01  "Frac Hits", Well Spacing, and the Science (Art?) of Infill Drilling in Unconventionals
Moderator(s) Stephen A. Holditch - Texas A&M University
Speaker(s) George Everette King - Apache, Ripudaman Manchanda - The University of Texas At Austin, Piyush Pankaj - Schlumberger, Brendan Michael Elliott - Devon Energy Production Co. LP
13:00 - 17:00
01  Case Histories I Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Martin Rylance - BP Exploration, Xiaowei Weng - Schlumberger
The strength of hydraulic fracturing as a technology has been its ability to adapt, change and improve incrementally based on case history and field results. The papers in this session will provide the attendees some excellent examples and the learnings to help develop the insight and understanding, with a view to building improvements into their own operations.
Time Paper # Presentation
1300-1345 194345 A History of Frac Activity and Needs for Industry Efficiency L. Weijers, C.A. Wright, M.J. Mayerhofer, Liberty Oilfield Services; C.M. Pearson, L.G. Griffin, P.M. Weddle, Liberty Resources LLC
1345-1410 194313 Using Land Controlled Source Electromagnetics to Identify Geologic Controls During a Zipper Frac Operation - A Case Study From the Anadarko Basin O.E. Vasquez, J. Oberle, Deep Imaging Technologies; D.J. Jones, Deep Imaging Technologies Inc.; M. Hickey, Deep Imaging Technologies Inc
1410-1435 194333 Fracture Geometry Control Technology Prevents Well Interference in the Bakken K. Vidma, P. Abivin, F.O. Ajisafe, A. Marquez, W. Yip, Schlumberger; D.J. Fox, M. Reid, Lime Rock Resources
1435-1500 194365 Nine Plus Years of Production Show Value of Proper Design in oil Window of Barnett Shale J.W. Ely, Ely & Associates; A. Kousparis, D. Kousparis, Eleon LLC; J.A. Harper, J. Dugan, E.N. Nieto, Ely & Associates
1545-1610 194374 An Eagle Ford Case Study: Improving an Infill Well Completion Through Optimized Re-fracturing Treatment of the Offset Parent Wells M.E. Garza, J. Prosser, J. Baumbach, K. Elving, S.R. Pettigrew, Noble Energy; J. Elrod, Thru Tubing Solutions
1610-1635 194330 Comparative Analysis of Multiple Completions Techniques Validated with Different Fracture Diagnostics: A Meramec (STACK) Case Study J. Kopp, Reveal Energy Services; C. Allen, J. Huchton, C. Robinson, Chaparral Energy, Inc.; C. Kahn, E. Coenen, Reveal Energy Services
1635-1700 194369 Developing an Evaluation Method for Casing Connections used in Hydraulically Fractured Wells K.A. Hamilton, C-FER Technologies; P.D. Pattillo II, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Declined 194380 A Case Study of Infill Drilling and Completion Program in Lower Eagle Ford: Model-Based Analysis of Stress Shadowing, Fracture Hits, Depletion, and Parent-Child Interaction. S.G. Parsegov, F. Zhang, K. Nandlal, Texas A&M University; R. Weijermars, Texas A & M University; T.J. Willms, Hawkwood Energy LLC
Alternate 194357 Improving Hydraulic Fracturing Performance and Interpreting Fracture Geometry Based on Drilling Measurements R.C. Downie, Drill2Frac; D. Daves, Legacy Reserves LP
Alternate 194315 Solving the Hydro Frac Puzzle in HP / HT KG Basin of India by Geomechanics enabled design and execution of Hydraulic Fracturing. R.R. Gondalia, R.R. Kumar, Schlumberger; S. Narayan, Schlumberger Petrotechnical Services; K. Bordeori, M.M. Singh, U. Nand, A. Bandyopadhyay, Schlumberger; A. Shah, Schlumberger Asia Services Ltd
13:00 - 17:00
02  Fracture Modeling Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Michael Smith - NSI Technologies LLC, Mukul Sharma - The University of Texas At Austin
Different approaches to modeling fracture propagation are presented in this session. These models provide a basis for a better understanding of field observations.
Time Paper # Presentation
1300-1345 194321 Multi-Disciplinary Data Gathering to Characterize Hydraulic Fracture Performance and Evaluate Well-Spacing in the Bakken A. Lorwongngam, C.L. Cipolla, J.I. Gil Cidoncha, B.E. Davis, Hess Corp.
1345-1410 194359 Apparent Toughness Anisotropy Induced by Roughness of In Situ Stress: An Unrecognized Mechanism that Hinders Vertical Growth of Hydraulic Fractures P. Fu, J. Huang, R.R. Settgast, J.P. Morris, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; F.J. Ryerson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
1410-1435 194378 Integrated Frac Modeling Workflow: Data acquisition, calibration and successful implementation in the Spraberry stacked shale play J. Ndungu, O.A. Jaripatke, H. Bello, W. Chu, G. Barzola, R.S. Hurt, M. Sarkar, R. Meek, R.W. Flumerfelt, Pioneer Natural Resources
1435-1500 194328 Simulation and Analysis of Fracture Swarms Observed in the Eagle Ford Field Experiment V.K. Sesetty, A. Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma
1545-1610 194327 Barriers to Hydraulic Fracture Height Growth: A New Model for Sliding Interfaces W. Xu, Schlumberger-Doll Research; R. Prioul, T. Berard, X. Weng, O. Kresse, Schlumberger
1610-1635 194353 Case Study of a Landing Location Optimization within a Depleted Stacked Reservoir in the Midland Basin C.W. Defeu, R. Williams, D. Shan, Schlumberger; J. Martin, D. Cannon, K. Clifton, C. Lollar, Diamondback Energy
1635-1700 194307 Bridging between Geomechanical and Geophysical Numerical Modeling: Evaluation of Seismic Efficiency and Rupture Velocity with Application to Generated Fractured Network Estimation due to Hydraulic Fracturing F. Sheibani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B. Hager, MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Alternate 194335 Three-Dimensional Analysis of Interactions Between Hydraulic and Natural Fractures A. Daneshy, Daneshy Consultants Intl.
Alternate 194323 Integrated Analysis of the Coupling Between Geomechanics and Operational Parameters to Optimize Hydraulic Fracture Propagation and Proppant Distribution A. Singh, M.D. Zoback, Stanford University; M.W. McClure, ResFrac Corporation
Alternate 194361 Effect of Shear Slippage on the Interaction of Hydraulic Fractures with Natural Fractures S. Agrawal, K. Shrivastava, M.M. Sharma, The University of Texas At Austin

Wednesday, February 06

08:30 - 12:30
03  Case Histories II Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Craig Cipolla - Hess Corp., Paul Weddle - Liberty Resources LLC
This session includes data-rich case studies by operators, service companies and a university. Key development challenges operators are facing regarding infill drilling, completion activities, evolving completion designs and results will be covered. Presentations will also include potential cutting edge completion technology advancements.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0915 194329 Utilization of Far Field Diverters to Mitigate Parent and Infill Well Fracture Interaction in Shale Formations J. Zhang, D.D. Cramer, J. Mcewen, K.H. Bjornen, M. White, ConocoPhillips Co
0915-0940 194350 Evolving Completion Designs to Optimize Well Productivity from a Low Permeability Oil Sandstone (Turner) Reservoir in the Powder River Basin: One Operator’s Experience K. Agarwal, Liberty Oilfield Services; J. Kegel, B. Ballard, Ballard Petroleum; E. Lolon, M. Mayerhofer, L. Weijers, Liberty Oilfield Services
0940-1005 194324 The World’s First Offshore Multilateral Well Completed with Multistage Proppant Fracturing: A Case Study from Offshore Black Sea A. Tomlins, OMV Petrom SA; J.O. Conrad, Packers Plus Energy Services Inc; B. Bocaneala, OPECS
1005-1030 194339 Case History - Greater Efficiency in Pad Developments Utilizing Dissolvable Plug Technology C.A. Benson, R.M. Mattson, Halliburton; S. Thiessen, Encana
1115-1140 194349 Evaluating the Impact of Frac Communication between Parent, Child,and Vertical Wells in the Midland Basin Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp Reservoirs. Y. Scherz, Y.U. Pradhan, Endeavor Energy Resources
1140-1205 194340 The Role of Micro-proppants in Conductive Fracture Network Development D. Kumar, R.A. Gonzalez, The University of Oklahoma; A. Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma
1205-1230 194351 Real Time Analysis of Formation Face Pressures in Acid Fracturing Treatments V.J. Pandey, R.C. Burton, ConocoPhillips Co; K.S. Capps, CAPSHER Technology Inc.
Alternate 194354 Child Well Analysis from Poroelastic Pressure Responses on Parent Wells in the Eagle Ford P. Das, E. Coenen, C. Kahn, S. Kashikar, Reveal Energy Services
Alternate 194376 Angling the Perforation Tunnel Geometry of Constant Entry Hole Perforating Charges Results in Further Improvements in Hydraulic Fracturing Efficiency D.A. Cuthill, GEODynamics Inc.
Alternate 194366 Well Trajectory, Completion and Fracture Design Changes Improve Execution for Deep Unconventional Tight Gas Targets in the Cooper Basin, Australia R.L. Johnson, R. Zhong, The University of Queensland; L. Nguyen, Real Energy Corporation Ltd
08:30 - 12:30
04  Completion Optimization Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Dave Norman - NSI Technologies LLC, Kathryn Briggs - Southwestern Energy Company
Completion optimization plays a key role in improving well performance and economics. In this session we discuss various ways to enhance completion designs and methods to understand the completion effectiveness on well performance. A case study from the DJ Basin will discuss a workflow to identify the right size completion. The Permian Basin completion evolution and parent/child relationships on type curves will be discussed for Wolfbone and Wolfberry. Various experimental results and other notable papers focused on multi-cluster design efficiency, proppant selection, and mechanical diversion will be presented.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0915 194312 Right-Sized Completions: Data and Physics-Based Design for Stacked Pay Horizontal Well Development K.V. Tanner, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; W.C. Dobbs, Anadarko Petroleum Corp; S.D. Nash, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
0940-1005 194343 Horizontal Well Hydraulic Fracturing Operations - Sandstone Engineering vs. Shale Statistics A. Casero, BP America Inc; M. Rylance, BP Exploration
1115-1140 194360 Optimization of Plug-and-Perf Completions for Balanced Treatment Distribution and improved Reservoir Contact S. Yi, C. Wu, M.M. Sharma, The University of Texas At Austin
1005-1030 194310 Permian Basin Production Decline Trend Comparison Over Time Between Parent and Child Well T. Xu, Schlumberger OneStim; P. Dwivedi, Schlumberger Limited; W. Zheng, Schlumberger IPM-WCI; J.D. Baihly, Schlumberger
0915-0940 194370 “Counterprop”, Finaly Adding Proppant in the Proper Sequence in Slick Water Treatments J.W. Ely, J. Dugan, J.A. Harper, E.N. Nieto, Ely & Associates Of Texas LLC
1205-1230 194325 Experimental Studies and Numerical Simulation of Enhanced Oil Recovery for Wolfcamp Formation by Surfactants Enriched Completion Fluid and Surfactant Driven Huff-n-Puff method. F. Zhang, D.S. Schechter, Texas A&M University
1140-1205 194342 Optimized Completion Practices With New Inside the Pipe Mechanical Diverters That Improve Frac Efficiency and Equipment Utilization While Significantly Reducing Frac Plugs E. Jorgensen, Thru Tubing Solutions
Alternate 194337 Modeling Multistage and Multi-Well Stimulation to Optimize Well Productivity R. Suarez-Rivera, W.D. Von Gonten & Co.; E. Dontsov, W.D. Von Gonten laboratory
Alternate 194322 Dynamic Fracture Volume Estimation using Flowback Data Analysis and its Correlation to Completion-Design Parameters T.M. Moussa, H. Dehghanpour, Y. Fu, University of Alberta
Alternate 194367 Optimize Completion Design and Well Spacing with the Latest Complex Fracture Modeling & Reservoir Simulation Technologies - A Permian Basin Case Study with Seven Wells H. Xiong, S. Liu, University Lands/Texas Oil & Gas Institute
14:00 - 17:30
05  Pressure Analysis Diagnostics Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Eric Davis - ConocoPhillips Co, Kyle Haustveit - Devon Energy Production Co. LP
This session includes a variety of pressure diagnostic techniques commonly applied in unconventional reservoirs. Topics include Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test (DFIT), advanced Pressure Transient Analysis (PTA) techniques, as well as a look at poroelastic pressure response interpretations. The session also includes a poroelastic case study evaluating the effectiveness of diverters, a case study integrating pressure modeling with DAS to determine diversion success real-time and an integrated look how DFIT data can calibrate geomechanical simulators to better estimate the Dynamic Stimulated Reservoir Volume.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1445 194352 Numerical Simulation of DFITs Within a Coupled Flow and Geomechanical Simulator - Insights Into Completions Optimization L. Ji, V. Sen, K.S. Min, R.B. Sullivan, Anadarko Petroleum Corp
1445-1510 194336 Got Diversion? Real Time Analysis to Identify Success or Failure M. Trumble, M.J. Sinkey, J. Meehleib, Calfrac Well Services Corp
1510-1535 194316 Close Encounters in the 3rd Dimension: Using Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFITs) From the Alberta Duvernay Shale Formation to Quantify Simultaneous Horizontal- & Vertical-Plane Hydraulic Fracture Growth A.K. Nicholson, Perpetual Energy Inc; R.V. Hawkes, Trican Well Service Ltd.; R.C. Bachman, CGG
1615-1640 194358 Poroelastic Pressure Transient Analysis: A New Method for Interpretation of Pressure Communication between Wells during Hydraulic Fracturing P. Seth, The University of Texas At Austin; D.P. Gala, University of Texas At Austin/Cmssm; R. Manchanda, M.M. Sharma, The University of Texas At Austin
1640-1705 194326 Wavelet Analysis of DFIT Data to Identify Fracture Closure Parameters E. Unal, F. Siddiqui, M.Y. Soliman, University of Houston; B. Dindoruk, Shell International E&P Co.
1705-1730 194332 Investigation of Non-Ideal Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests Behavior in Unconventional Reservoirs M.I. Hafez, E. Ozkan, Colorado School of Mines
Alternate 194344 A Novel Approach for Estimating Formation Permeability and Revisit After-Closure Analysis from DFIT H. Wang, M.M. Sharma, The University of Texas At Austin
Alternate 194348 DFIT Considering Complex Interactions of Hydraulic and Natural Fractures A. Kamali, A. Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma
Alternate 194347 Eliminating Production Logs with Fracturing Diagnostic Tests and Water Hammer Signatures E. Crawford, Saudi Aramco
14:00 - 17:30
06  Fluids, Proppants, and Transport Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Jennifer Miskimins - Colorado School of Mines, Junjing Zhang - ConocoPhillips Co
This session includes studies on proppant transport and fracture conductivity. The impact of fluid viscosity on proppant transport, as well as proppant distribution in slickwater-created fractures will be discussed. Novel concepts regarding proppant and fluid development will be presented. Attendees will come away with insights on the current understanding of proppant transport, conductivity and associated effects on production.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1445 194382 Proppant Sieve Distribution - What really matters? R.D. Barree, Barree & Assocs. LLC; R.J. Duenckel, B.T. Hlidek, Stim-Lab
1445-1510 194317 Can Proppant Transport be Negatively Affected by Too Much Viscosity? T. Galindo, GeoKimika Oil & Gas
1510-1535 194379 Proppant Transport and Behavior in Horizontal Wellbores Using Low Viscosity Fluids F. Ahmad, J.L. Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines
1615-1640 194320 Generation of In-situ Proppant through Hydro-thermal Reactions K.K. Mohanty, The University of Texas At Austin; S. Tong, University of Texas at Austin; C.S. Miller, The University of Texas At Austin
1640-1705 194309 Power Law Correlations For Slickwater Proppant Dune Height Prediction M.A. Al-otaibi, Saudi Aramco PE&D; J.L. Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines
1705-1730 194319 Bridging Criteria and Distribution Correlation for Proppant Transport in Primary and Secondary Fracture R. Kou, G.J. Moridis, T.A. Blasingame, Texas A&M University
Alternate 194363 The Role of Surfactants and Shut-in on Well Performance: From Field Scale to Laboratory Scale T. Soleiman Asl, A. Habibi, H. Dehghanpour, University of Alberta
Alternate 194377 Effects of Heterogeneity in Mineralogy Distribution on Acid Fracturing Efficiency X. Jin, D. Zhu, A.D. Hill, Texas A&M University; D. McDuff, Chevron ETC

Thursday, February 07

08:30 - 11:50
07  Downhole Diagnostics Waterway 1-4
Session Chairpersons Joseph Frantz - Range Resources Corp., Paul Huckabee - Shell Exploration & Production Co
This session will discuss applications and new technologies or analysis methods for evaluating stimulation distribution effectiveness, fracture geometry characteristics and well performance. Diagnostics presented include: optic fiber distributed sensing (acoustic & temperature), downhole video camera imaging, acoustic imaging tools, proppant & chemical fluid tracers, and production logs. Several authors emphasize the value of integration of complementary diagnostic methods to accelerate the optimization process, including potential for “real-time” decision making.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0915 194334 Integrating DAS, Pressure and Video-based Perforation Imaging to Evaluate Limited Entry Treatment Effectiveness D.D. Cramer, ConocoPhillips Co; J.L. Whittaker, EV; G. Roberts, Epidote, Ltd.
0915-0940 194371 New Near Wellbore Frac Geometry Insights from Fiber Optics and Downhole Pressure Gauge Data G.A. Ugueto, Shell; P.T. Huckabee, Shell Exploration & Production Co; M. Wojtaszek, T. Daredia, Shell
0940-1005 194331 Continuous Use Of Fiber Optics Enabled Coiled Tubing Used To Accelerate The Optimization Of Completions Aimed At Improved Recovery And Reduced Cost Of Development N.H. Natareno, J. Charbonneau, Oasis Petroleum; N. Sahdeb, Halliburton Energy Svcs (SO); P.F. Cook, Halliburton
1035-1100 194314 Improved Completion Economics Through Real-time, Fiber Optic Stimulation Monitoring P.F. Stark, Halliburton; N.C. Bohrer, T.T. Kemner, SM Energy Company; J. Magness, Halliburton; A. Shea, K. Ross, SM Energy Company
1100-1125 194373 A Novel Technology for Hydraulic Fracture Diagnostic in the Vicinity and Beyond the Wellbore S.M. Stolyarov, E.A. Cazeneuve, K. Sabaa, J. Yang, Baker Hughes, a GE company; D.A. Katz, Baker Hughes
1125-1150 194318 Tying Horizontal Measurements to Well Performance Using Production Logs and Chemical Tracers in Multiple Wolfcamp Shale Wells, Delaware Basin F. Alimahomed, Schlumberger; L. Green, MDC Texas Energy
Alternate 194308 Understanding Hydraulic Fracture Propagation And Closing Using Time-lapse Tiltmeter And Microseismic Monitoring Data D. Pei, E. Davis, Halliburton
Alternate 194356 Wellbore Placement Optimization Using Particulate Oil-Soluble Tracers M.H. Jones, MHJ Consulting LLC; J.L. LaRue, NCS Multistage Tracer Diagnostics
Alternate 194362 Understanding Frac Fluid Distribution of an Individual Frac Stage from Chemical Tracer Flowback Data W. Tian, A. Darnley, ResMetrics; T. Mohle IV, Contango Oil & Gas Inc; C. Dempsey, ResMetrics
08:30 - 11:50
08  Well Performance and Re-Frac Waterway 5-8
Session Chairpersons Francisco Fragachan - Weatherford, Joram Hadden - Sierra Resources, LLC
Traditionally, to replace declining production in unconventional wells, operators would drill more wells. Current economics however, have enabled the industry to explore cost-effective ways to sustain and enhance production. Well performance and re-fracturing have become much discussed topics in unconventional reservoirs. This session presents an opportunity to review and brainstorm on these efforts to enhance fracture optimization, re-fracturing and optimize production.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0915 194364 Empirical Links Between Sub-surface ‘Drivers’ and Engineering ‘Levers’ for Hydraulic Fracture Treatments and the Implications for Well Performance Distributions B. Stephenson, Shell Canada Ltd.; T. Bai, Shell; P.T. Huckabee, R. Li, Shell Exploration & Production Co; L. Acosta, Shell Canada
0915-0940 194355 The Limits of Fluid Flow in Propped Fractures- the Disparity between Effective Flowing and Created Fracture Lengths R.D. Barree, Barree & Assocs. LLC; R.J. Duenckel, B.T. Hlidek, Stim-Lab
0940-1005 194375 Data Analytics Approach to Frac Hits Characterization in US Unconventional Plays P. Abivin, W. Boumessouer, K. Vidma, A.S. Konchenko, S. Menasria, S.M. Makarychev-mikhailov, Schlumberger
1035-1100 194372 Re-fracturing Technology Restores Profitability of Older Unconventional Wells in Southeast New Mexico A.S. Athavale, A.O. Onafowokan, C. Kasdano, B.N. Vangolen, E. Hinkel, Oxy Oil & Gas USA
1100-1125 194338 Validating Re-Fracture Effectiveness with Carbon Rod Conveyed Distributed Fiber Optics in the Barnett Shale A.A. Attia, Ziebel
1125-1150 194341 Preventing Heel Dominated Fractures in Horizontal Well Refracturing Treatments S. Yi, R. Manchanda, M.M. Sharma, The University of Texas At Austin; N.P. Roussel, Conoco Philips
Alternate 194381 A Big Data Study: Correlations between EUR and Petrophysical/Engineering/Production Parameters in Shale Formations by Data Sensitivity Analysis and Data Mining Analysis Y. Liang, The University of Texas at Austin
Alternate 194368 Simplification and Simulation of Fracture Network Using Fast Marching Method and Spectral Clustering For Embedded Discrete Fracture Model A. Rey, Chevron North America E&P
Alternate 194311 Choosing the Right Treatment for Bakken: Slickwater vs. Hybrid L. Shen, D. Fu, BJ Services
Alternate 194346 Three-dimensional Effects of Reservoir Depletion on Hydraulic Fracture Propagation in Heterogeneous Reservoirs J. Huang, P. Fu, Y. Hao, J.P. Morris, R. Settgast, F. Ryerson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory