Appraising and Developing Shale Gas and Shale Oil Reservoirs

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course will help you more effectively appraise and develop shale gas and liquids-rich shale reservoirs. You will learn which data need to be collected, how to analyze and interpret them, and how to integrate and apply this knowledge to the decision-making process. Participants will develop a broad understanding of the practices and pitfalls in assessing these reservoirs, and will reinforce this understanding by analyzing case study posters as teams. You’ll leave knowing the key questions to ask and steps to take in assessing a shale accumulation at various stages of maturity and be able to apply strategies that are cost-effective.

Topics include:

  • An overview of the geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and petrophysics of shales
  • An overview of the Geomechanics, drilling, completions, and well performance of shales
  • Shale gas case studies including the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Montney, and Horn River shales
  • Liquids-rich shale case studies including the Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Woodford, Bakken, and Niobrara shales
  • Identifying sweetspots, strategies for appraising/developing these, and examples of successes/failures

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why You Should Attend

Obtain practical insights and tools for use in evaluating shale gas and liquids-rich shale opportunities.

Who Should Attend

Geoscientists, petrophysicists, engineers, and managers who are seeking (1) an overview of the key technical fundamentals, (2) how to apply these to appraisal and development challenges, and (3) multiple examples of how various companies have fared through the analysis of case studies.


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


Creties Jenkins, P.E., P.G., is a partner with Rose and Associates where he specializes in the characterization of unconventional reservoirs. He has conducted integrated studies, peer reviews, and resource assessment work for 50+ companies around the world. He has also conducted 100+ industry courses and workshops over the past decade focused on unconventionals. His 28-year career has included stints at Tenneco Oil, ARCO, and DeGolyer and MacNaughton.

Jenkins has served as a technical editor, distinguished lecturer, and distinguished author for SPE and is also a past president of the Energy Minerals Divison of AAPG.

Jenkins holds a MS degree in geology and a BS degree in geological engineering both from the South Dakota School of Mines.