Hydraulic Fracturing Technology for Shale and Tight Reservoirs

Production and Operations Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Drilling and Completions


The size, cost, and critical contributions of current hydraulic fracturing technology is driving an increased need to fully evaluate fracturing treatments so that their impact under different reservoir conditions can be better understood and forecast. This two-day pre-workshop course reviews the lessons learned from a wide variety of hydraulic fracturing field trials completed in shale and tight reservoirs and outlines the technical and non-technical factors that control the success of a particular treatment design. New and emerging technologies for applying and evaluating hydraulic fracturing treatments will be covered along with a review of the reservoir properties that dictate which type of treatment should be most appropriate for a new play area.

Learning Level

Intermediate – Advanced

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

The course will provide a solid foundation for understanding the techniques used to apply and evaluate hydraulic fracture treatments for shale and tight reservoirs.  The course will also cover the components of hydraulic fracture treatment design and the unique terminology used to describe the key characteristics of the treatment and of the target interval.

Participants in the course will gain a better understanding of the:

  • Unique terminology applied in current hydraulic fracturing treatments
  • Concepts and terms that are unique in defining shale and tight reservoir properties
  • Five types of technical objectives for creating a hydraulic fracture
  • Fluid, equipment, proppant and other design options
  • Data and concepts required to select the appropriate treatment interval
  • Methods that are being applied in the current major plays and why they vary by play
  • Treatment design and calibration field tests
  • Methods for evaluating a treatment and common evaluation mistakes
  • Common mistakes in designing treatments

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for those familiar with the technical aspects of characterising, designing, or evaluating oil and gas properties. This includes Reservoir Engineers, Production Engineers, Completions Engineers, Geophysicists, Geologists, Technical Support staff, Academics, Researchers, Supervisors, Managers, Government Representatives, and Energy Policy makers


A general understanding of the engineering and geologic concepts applied in evaluating conventional oil & gas plays.


Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each day of training. Each attendee will be provided a certificate upon completion of the training course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Steve Hennings, M.S., P.E. is the Principal Engineer for Source Rock Engineering, in Littleton, Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Masters degree in Finance. His 30 years of experience are spread between reservoir, completions, and production engineering assignments ranging from rig foreman to computer simulation specialist to regional technical coordinator for a major oil company. His focus for the past ten years has been exclusively on developing Coal Gas, Tight Oil and Shale reservoirs in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India and other countries. Occasionally he also conducts courses for the SPE to share lessons learned from his on-going participation in unconventional reservoir development. These courses are listed in the SPE Training Catalogue and include "Shale and Tight Oil Evaluation and Development", "Coalbed Methane Reservoir Analysis" and "Shale Hydraulic Fracturing: Design and Analysis". Hennings is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the Society of Mining Engineers. In 2008 he shared the prestigious annual Stefanko Award for his technical contributions.

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