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Productive Shale Fracturing

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday, December 3, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday, December 4, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

-------------------------------------------------- Course Description:-

The course emphasizes the unique properties of productive shale formations starting with “What is a productive shale?” Starting there, how do we recognize differences between various shale formations and how do these differences impact selecting appropriate well completion/stimulation procedures.

The course emphasizes how fracturing of horizontal wells has raised geomechanical questions that have never before been of any significant importance to oil & gas production, and will look at how we can answer these questions. These questions include such things as well azimuth, optimum perforation cluster length/separation, optimum number of clusters per stage, vertical position of horizontal well within the formation, …. Finally, how do in situ geomechanical factors affect the risks and what can be done to mitigate these risks.

The course is based on visual aids keyed to NSI's comprehensive manual. The manual contains the most up-to-date collection of state-of-the-art shale fracturing concepts/practices, and provides an excellent reference for later applications.

A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

------------------------------------------------ Who Should Attend:-

This course is designed for stimulation and completion Engineers involved in the design or management of multi-fractured horizontal wells in productive shale formations.

------------------------------------------------- Course Outline:-

What Will We Learn?

•What type of frac is appropriate/when (water frac, hybrid, etc.)

•What is stress shadowing & is it real?

•How to determine proper cluster spacing?

•How to design/analyze pre-frac injection tests?

•What is “Stimulated Reservoir Volume”? Can I design this?

•What is the role of complex fractures and geomechanics?

•How do the various completion procedures (Plug & Perf, “Packer-Plus™”, etc.) compare?

----------------------------------------------- Instructor:-

Dr. Michael B. Smith Mike Smith, with a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics from Rice University, has over 20 years experience in rock mechanics, well completions, and hydraulic fracturing. While with Amoco Production Company, Mike co-developed the framework for fracturing pressure analysis that revolutionized fracturing technology.

Along with worldwide consulting, Mike has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, authored multiple chapters in the recent fracturing SPE Monograph, and developed and presented SPE short courses on Fracturing Pressure Analysis. Most recently, Mike was presented the SPE Lester C. Uren Award for his contributions to hydraulic fracturing technology.

------------------------------------------- Venue:-

Downtown Venue To Be Announced Calgary - Downtown Core

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