SPE Workshop: The Montney – Playing to Win 29 - 30 Oct 2019 Hudson Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Tuesday, October 29

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:10 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Panel: From the Macro Down to the Barrel
Moderator(s) Mike Davies, Reveal Energy Services; Kiran Somanchi, Birchcliff Energy

As technical people working in the Montney, most of our focus has been on drilling performance, completion improvements, and overall cost reduction in all aspects.  But what other trends are occurring that need to be on our radar screens?  Our opening panel will be bringing many perspectives, including the funding side, the importance of ESG, consulting trends and an overview of the North American market as a whole.


  • Rob Cook, ARC Financial
  • Patrick Bryden, Scotia Bank
  • Lance Mortlock, EY
  • Chris Carlsen, Birchcliff Energy


09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 2: Optimizing Drilling and Completions – Staying Competitive in the North American Energy Landscape - PART 1
Session Chairpersons Ian Cameron, BluMalibu Consulting; Jerry Tkachyk, Encana Corporation

Exploitation design is a product of interlinked decisions on well design, completion design, well spacing and cost structure.  How are Montney operators pursuing the right balance of resource recovery and profitability?


  1. Application of Diagnostics to Enable Extended Stage Lengths in the Montney
  • Justin Kitchen, ARC Resources
  1. Economics Driven Frac Spacing Optimization
  • Sabrina Cheng and Felix Todea, Shell
  1. Realized Marginal Productivity with Extended Reach Horizontals
  • Dave Morin, NuVista Energy
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:30
Session 3: Optimizing Drilling and Completions – Staying Competitive in the North American Energy Landscape - PART 2
Session Chairpersons Sabrina Cheng, Shell; Rob Zinselmeyer, ARC Resources

Exploitation design is a product of interlinked decisions on well design, completion design, well spacing and cost structure.  How are Montney operators pursuing the right balance of resource recovery and profitability?


  1. Farfield Hydraulic Fracture Diagnostics through Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensing
  • Jimmy Zhang, Encana Corporation and Carson Laing, Optasense Inc.
  1. Accelerating Field Development in Stacked Pay
  • Theo van der Werken and Mason MacKay, Birchcliff Energy
  1. Using Modern Machine Learning Techniques for UR Asset Optization
  • Tyler Schlosser, McDaniel & Associates
  1. Automated Bit Dull Grading, Analysis, and Analytics System
  • Brandon Friess, Seven Generations
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
Session 4: Fracture-Driven Well Interactions and Parent-Child Effects
Session Chairpersons Scott Craig, Hammerhead Resources; Ryan Keenan, PETRONAS Canada

As Montney producers continue to face challenging market conditions, the necessity persists for delivering capital efficient programs through the development of core acreage and multi-pad drilling.  With increasing well densities, the relevance of understanding parent-child effects and other fracture-driven well interactions remains sovereign.  New developments and insights are continually being developed to address a problem that will only become more prevalent with time.


  1. Optimization of Child-Well Completion Design in the Presence of Parent Well Pressure Depletion, and Its Effect on Stimulation Efficiency

  • Dmitry Deryushkin, Subsurface Dynamics

  1. Parent-Well Pressure Sink Mitigation through Integrated Modeling, to Minimize Fracture-Driven Interactions & Workovers Related to Frac-Hits 
  • Kevin Joslin, Computer Modeling Group   
  1. Multigeneration Section Development in the Permian Basin

  • Farhan Alimahomed, Schlumberger
  1. Parent-Child Observations in the Montney & the Incorporation of Machine-Learning to Determine Subsequent Well Impacts

  • Jared Wynveen, McDaniel & Associates


17:00 - 19:00

Wednesday, October 30

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5: Operator Panel - Midstream Ownership - Friend, Foe, or Folly
Moderator(s) Jared Wynveen, McDaniel & Associates; Kris Watson, NCS Multistage

This panel discussion will bring awareness to the different midstream ownership strategies that are being used by operators of varying size in the Montney (and other formations). Each panelist will discuss their views on key factors that should be considered when assessing the benefits of ownership vs. contractual arrangements with midstream companies. Further, a representative from the financial community will provide perspective on how the outside market actually views the respective ownership strategies.


  • Aaron Bilkoski, TD Securities

  • Dan van Kessel, Pipestone Energy Corp

  • Jeremy Kwasnecha, Velvet Energy Ltd.

  • Matt Ockenden, North River Midstream

  • Jake Thompson, Black Swan Energy

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 12:00
Session 6: Integrated Team Case Studies, Unconventional Well Forecasting and Modelling
Session Chairpersons Jennifer Gee, Painted Pony Energy; Morgan Kwan, RS Energy Group

Developing an asset has evolved into a heavily embedded multidisciplinary team approach.  This integrated team development strategy incorporates geological, geophysical, reservoir engineering, rock mechanics and more.  As operators trend to bigger completions and tighter well spacing, an integrated team approach that applies geophysics to non-geophysical challenges becomes imperative especially when trying to minimize offsetting well impacts. This session highlights an integrated team study, looks at pairing 3D frac modelling with reservoir modelling and how to use a field-wide EOS to perform multi-phase well forecasting.


  1. Integrating to Innovate – PONY’s Approach to Bridging Geoscience and Engineering in Full Field Development
  • Chelsea Squires and Jennifer Gee, Painted Pony Energy
  1. Numerical Modelling and Completion Design Optimization of Montney MFHW's
    • Dave Sorkilmo, ARC Resources
  2. Coping with Fluid Complexity in the Montney
    • Mathias Carlsen, Whitson
  3. Optimizing Unconventional Reservoir Development through Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Modelling
  • Majid M. Faskhoodi, Schlumberger and Rob Zinselmeyer, ARC Resources
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 7: New Tech, EOR and New Diagnostics
Session Chairpersons Mark Dzikowski, Sinopec Canada; Peter Liang, NuVista Energy; Brad Makowecki, Crew Energy

Investigating how EOR and new technologies can help provide additional value within the Montney.


  1. Analysis of Water Tracer Flow Profiles in the Wapiti Montney
  • Cole Mombourquette, Core Laboratories and Aimee Barnett, Sinopec
  1. Can the Montney Huff-n-Puff like the Eagle Ford Shale?
  • Morgan Kwan, RS Energy Group
  1. How We Can All Win: A Case of Study of Collaboration across a Basin
  • David Lerohl, Reveal Energy Services



14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 8: Production and Water Optimization Practices
Session Chairpersons John Aoun, Mike Dembicki, Seven Generations

Successful unconventional well production requires a fracture stimulation that involves large volumes of water and an artificial lift plan to produce the well. This session provides a discussion of water sourcing/usage and artificial lift production practices in the Montney.


  1. A Tale of Two Trials: Flowing While Frac’ing and Start without Testers
  • Jaclyn Kinley and Allison Yuen, Shell
  1. Water Optimization – Partnering for the Future
  • Rob Dawson, Tervita
  1. Challenges and Learnings in Artificial Lift Systems for High LGR Montney Wells

  • Elizabeth Chmelyk, Seven Generations