Hydraulic Fracturing Design and Evaluation

Production and Operations Drilling and Completions


This course provides participants with instruction on the engineering aspects of hydraulic fracturing. Topics that will be covered include candidate selection for fracturing, geomechanics associated to fracturing, minifrac testing, fracturing fluids and proppants, fracturing design, perforating for fracturing, fracturing preparation and execution, post-frac treatments and evaluation, and fracturing unconventional reservoirs.

The objective is to provide members a chance to discuss issues that will potentially have an immediate impact on their projects in terms of understanding these types of reservoirs and help resolve potential technical difficulties.

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Participants will receive an overview of the hydraulic fracturing methodology and the different disciplines that go into properly designing and evaluating such a treatment. They will come away from the workshop with an understanding of when and how to design such a treatment while accounting for their Exploration / Development cycle and reservoir understanding. Likewise, the importance of a multi-disciplinary team approach which includes proper reservoir characterization and geomechanical modelling will be highlighted in order to manage uncertainty. Finally, communication and the proper planning between all stake holders are crucial for long term project success.

Who Should Attend

The course is ideal for reservoir, production and operations engineers or field operation staff who has a basic to moderate knowledge or understanding in designing, executing, and or evaluating hydraulic fracturing treatments. The course will improve the individuals understanding in terms of concepts and terminology of hydraulic fracturing while enabling them to further improve hydraulic fracturing applications on their existing projects.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Tobias Judd is the currently the Stimulation Domain Manager for Schlumberger based in Beijing, China. Beginning his career in 1997 with Dowell as a field engineer, he has held a variety of technical positions focused on reservoir stimulation and production enhancement in various locations throughout South and Central America, Russia, Middle East, and Far East Asia. His previous assignment include Stimulation Advisor to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Gas Exploration department on evaluating HPHT tight gas and unconventional opportunities, Stimulation Domain Manager for the Gulf Region based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Western Siberia Stimulation Technical Manager based in Tyumen, Russia. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Colorado in Boulder and is an active member in the SPE.