Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing Design and Treatment 


This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to use empirical and theoretical methods to drive future field development or individual well optimization. Different areas of fracturing will be discussed from geomechanics/logs, diagnostic/measurement tools, engineering methods, operations, and modeling.

Topics Include:

  • Fracturing fluid
  • Proppant
  • Isolation/diversion tool selection
  • Diagnostics

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

You will receive intermediate to advanced technical details about why certain design parameters are chosen and what options are available as well as how petrophysics results are calibrated and incorporated through engineering methods. For completion engineers and superintendents, it will provide the theories and methods to optimize jobs, including the incorporation of geological information.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for production and completion engineers, geologists, field operation staff, and economists who are familiar with the fracturing process and interested in advanced hydraulic fracturing design and treatment.


.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.


Peter Behrenbruch

Tim Leshchyshyn, P. Eng. has a Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Alberta with 20 years’ experience in the field of Petroleum Engineering.  As president of FracKnowledge / Fracturing Horizontal Well Completions Inc, the only independent fracturing engineering group in Canada, one of four in the world, he leads a group of 25 consultants whose clients include 35 operators in 17 countries in the North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, on both conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells.  The work has included review past fracturing for improvement opportunities, executing current fracturing for quality assurance/customize designs per stage, designing optimal fracs on future wells using rock mechanics/frac simulators and bidding out completions programs.

He has also released online the largest frac and completions database for Canada and the United States. This database is production tied to fracturing, and includes scanned well files and various reports, which are also used as a source for the details of this presentation.  Tim has 14 years of completions and frac database experience.

In the past as an employee, he has worked for both E&P and frac companies.  Experience includes teaching courses, optimizing horizontal multistage fractured wells using petrophysics/geomechanics, frac simulators and empirical database production trending. Leshchyshyn is also the main inventor on over 17 fracturing patents and is an expert in frac fluid chemistry systems, proppant science, unconventional frac supervision, regional interdisciplinary studies and business development. He is a member of APEGGA, SPE board of director, CSUR and PTAC and helps organize conferences, courses and technical events.