SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology
Conference and Exhibition

4–6 February 2020 | The Woodlands, Texas, USA 
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center 

Training Courses


Training Courses

Extend your conference experience by adding a training course before or after the event. Select from more the courses below and find a topic to match your learning and professional development needs. SPE works with recognized experts to develop training courses covering a wide range of industry topics. Participants receive 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for one-day courses and 1.6 CEUs for two-day courses.

One-day courses are available on Monday, 3 February.
Two-day courses are available on Friday, 7 February–Saturday, 8 February.

All training courses will take place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Training courses are not included with the purchase of conference registration and must be purchased separately during the registration process.

One-Day Courses on 3 February

Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventionals Completions

Instructors: Neal and Marisela Nagel

Geomechanics – in both completions and drilling operations – has become a critical technology in the development of Unconventional Plays. This course presents the basics of oil field geomechanics and its application to unconventional developments, specifically, the role of stress, pore pressure, mechanical properties, and natural fractures on hydraulic fracturing operations. The first portion of the course will focus on the fundamentals of oil field geomechanics including stress, mechanical properties, and failure. The latter part of the course will focus on hydraulic fracturing for Unconventional Resources with an emphasis on the characterization, geomechanics, modeling, and field aspects of Unconventionals hydraulic fracturing (hydraulic fracturing in heterogeneous rock masses with the presence of discontinuities and weakness planes).

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Design of Fiber-Optic DTS and DAS Well Installations

Instructors: Dennis Dria, Bill Shroyer

This one-day training event introduces completion, production, surveillance and reservoir engineers to the design of fiber-optic DTS (distributed temperature sensing) and DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) well installations.  A basic understanding of the principles and benefits of DTS, DAS and surveillance monitoring technology in general is assumed.

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Fracturing Fundamentals for Non-Fracers

Instructor: Carl Montgomery

The course presents the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing, along with addressing the general process, the "terminology", and many of the "real-world" problems - in a concise format. The overall emphasis of the day is how hydraulic fracturing fits-in with, is impacted by, or impacts geologic concerns, reservoir engineering, and operations. The day will provide a general familiarity with fundamentals of the complete hydraulic fracturing process. That is - why it works (or doesn't), where is it applicable, and what might be considered in order to "do better."

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Multistage Completions, Fracturing, and Refracturing in Shales

Instructors: Aaron Burton, Sergey Kotov

This course gives an overview for completing, fracturing, and refracturing shales and other low-permeability formations that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Participants will learn the primary types of wellbore completion options, plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems, and coiled tubing-activated systems, and how they compare in different applications. Participants will also learn hydraulic fracturing and refracturing theory and design, including slick-water fracturing, cross-linked gels, fluids, proppants, additives, refracturing options, and identifying refracturing candidates.

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Shale Hydraulic Fracturing: Design and Analysis

Instructor: Steve Hennings

This course covers the essential technology for planning, monitoring, and evaluating hydraulic fracturing treatments in shale reservoirs. Emphasis is on actual field results, practical approaches to treatment design, and the reasons for altering designs based on fluid and rock properties.

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Re-Fracturing – Candidate Selection and Design

Instructor: Mike Smith

This course discusses how to select a candidate that will benefit from a workover and the extra considerations involved in a treatment design.

  • What makes a good re-frac candidate
  • How depletion affects the re-fracture for good and bad
  • Re-fracture treatment design differences

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Well Integrity Challenges From Casing Failures During Fracturing

Instructor: George King

Downhole casing damage is being increasingly recognized as a challenge to well integrity in the active or child well (the well being fractured) and is a distinctly different than the fracture driven incidents that have an impact on passive wells (typically offset wells). This one-day training course will examine the potential causes and possible prevention actions that may be taken during well drilling and completions steps.

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One-Day Courses on 7 February

Shale Analytics

Instructor: Shahab D. Mohaghegh

Data-driven analytics is becoming an important point of competitive differentiation in the upstream oil and gas industry. When it comes to production from shale, companies are realizing that they possess a vast source of important facts and information in their data. In analysis and modeling of production from shale, our traditional techniques leave much to be desired.  Field measurement data can provide much needed insight. Data-driven analytics is the set of tools and techniques that provides the means for extraction of patterns and trends in data and construction of predictive models that can assist in decision-making and optimization.

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Two-Day Courses on 7–8 February

Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production

Instructor: George King

This course acquaints participants with the basics of oil and gas shale evaluation and current shale selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments. Technologies include logging, frac interval selection, multistage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.

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DFIT - The Unconventional Well Test: Theory, Design, and Interpretation

Instructor: David Craig

DFIT – The Unconventional Well Test course will review the theory of fracture-injection/falloff testing, the design of DFITs, and interpretation of DFIT data using both straight-line and type-curve methods. Design and interpretation methods will be illustrated with North American field examples, including horizontal and vertical well DFITs in unconventional reservoirs. Additionally, field case studies will be included to show how DFIT interpretations can be used in production data analysis of wells producing from unconventional reservoirs.

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