About the Workshop

Fracture initiation is an event that is defined by a single pressure point but is impacted by a myriad of different circumstances from drilling & cementing to perforating.  Many efforts are made to maximize diversion, minimize near well stresses and measure tortuosity but there is still much to be learned.  This workshop will focus on technologies and techniques employed to optimize the near well region for stimulation starting with the drilling process and the domino effect that ensues.  Attendees that are focused on the multidisciplinary big picture of optimization will find this workshop engaging and beneficial.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.