Short Courses and Conferences

Optimizing Fracs (and Refracs!) in a Low Price Environment

Cutting Costs and Focusing Investments

August 10-12, 2015

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Unconventional Reservoirs and Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Overview of Fundamental Processes in Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Examination of Fields in which Unpropped Fracs are Sufficient
  • Propping Agents and Their Characteristics
  • Brief Overview of Fracturing Fluids
  • Gel Damage induced in the Reservoir, Fracture Face, and Proppant Pack
    • Brief discussion of flowback techniques, load recovery, choke management
  • Realistic Fracture Conductivity
  • Understanding Slickwater Fracturing - Waterfracs  
  • Field Results Demonstrating Production Enhancement
    • Vertical wells, emphasizing tight gas (but a few other examples to demonstrate which learnings are universal versus specific)
    • Horizontal Wells – some shale gas + many Bakken, Niobrara, Eagle Ford
  • Refracs: Why do they work, and when will they fail?
  • Frac Optimization

Course Agenda

Day 1

7:30 amRegistrant check-in and late registration
8:00 amBig Picture Issues (Resource Pyramid, Frac Goals, etc.)
Basic Well Construction and Frac Design - abbreviated
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmEvidence that Fracs are NOT Optimized
Frac Fluids
5:00 pmAdjourn

Day 2

8:00 am Frac Equipment (very brief)
Unpropped Fracs, Proppantless wedges
Proppant Types and Performance
Gel damage and Cleanup – flowback and choke management concepts
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmSlickwater, Proppant settling, Waterfrac geometry, etc.
ULWP and Innovative Transport Proppants
Realistic Conductivity
5:00 pmAdjourn

Day 3

8:00 amField Studies – Vertical Wells
Horizontal Well Concepts & Field Studies (portion)
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmRefracs
Frac Optimization Summary
5:00 pmAdjourn

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