SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition
1–3 February 2022 | The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

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Training Courses

Extend your conference experience by adding a training course before or after the event. Select from 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, 31 January 
Two-day courses are available on Friday, 4 February – Saturday, 5 February

All training courses will take place at the conference venue.

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

One-Day Courses on Monday, 31 January 

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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Shale and Tight Reservoir Technical Analysis 

Instructor: Steve Hennings

This course covers the essential concepts and techniques applied in evaluating hydrocarbon storage and productivity potential in shale and tight reservoirs, with an emphasis on practical methods uncommon to conventional reservoir analysis. The limitations and advantages of the different techniques will be illustrated through examples compiled from actual evaluation studies in several different basins. The pace and content of the course is intended for those looking to gain a solid understanding of unconventional reservoir concepts who are already very familiar with reservoir evaluation techniques for conventional oil & gas reservoirs.

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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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Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventional Completions

Instructor: Neal Nagel 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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An Overview of Multistage Completion Systems for Hydraulic Fracturing

Instructor: Aaron Burton

Shales and other low-permeability formations require multistage completions, hydraulic fracturing, and horizontal wells to produce at economic rates. This course focuses on the multistage completion systems that are used in these applications, including plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems (frac sleeves), and coiled tubing-activated systems (annular fracturing). Participants will learn the different types of multistage completion options and how they compare in different applications. They will also get an overview of low-permeability plays and learn the basics of hydraulic fracturing and refracturing.

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Re-Fracturing - Candidate Selection and Design

Instructors: Michael Smith

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

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Two-Day Courses on Friday, 4 February – Saturday, 5 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.

Attendees will learn the basic theoretical foundation of diagnostic fracture-injection/falloff test implementation and analysis along with obtaining guidelines for implementing DFIT in field operations.

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Water Treating for Shale Operations

Instructor: David Walsh

This course provides both an overview of water management in conventional and unconventional operations and an in-depth look at critical issues related to sourcing (acquiring), reusing, recycling, and disposing of water in shale operations with emphasis on the Permian basin. The course starts with a background of shale operations and the different plays around North America. Options being used for transport, storage, reuse, and disposal are described and explained in terms of climate, type of shale, type of fracturing fluids being used, and the regulatory framework.

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