SPE Virtual Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference 
4–6 May 2021 | Virtual Conference

Training Courses


Training Courses

Extend your conference experience by adding a virtual 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, 3 May and Friday, 7 May 
Two-day courses are available on Monday, 10 May – Tuesday, 11 May

All training courses will take place virtually.

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, 3 May

Casing Deformation During Fracturing

Instructor: George King

Hydraulic fracturing places both static and dynamic stresses on casing and completion components that may not be apparent in conventional design programs.  Non-uniform loading of formations, casing and cement may be driven by cyclic pressures of several thousand psi, temperature swings of over 100o F, erosion by proppant, and shock loading of the completed well.  These problems can result in both temporary and permanent deformation or even well failure in rare cases. This course examines real-world case histories of casing deformation and isolation failure linked directly or indirectly to fracturing-induced stresses and covers the design and operational changes necessary to mitigate these problems.  This one-day course is example-based and delivered as a lecture with videos, downhole measurements, and case histories and is suitable for students, foremen, engineers, and managers.

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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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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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One-Day Courses on Friday, 7 May

Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventional Completions

Instructor: Neal Nagel, 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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Basics of Multi-fractured Deviated Wells for Conventional  and Unconventional Wells

Instructor: George King

Development or re-development of reservoirs with multi-fractured deviated or horizontal wells (MFHW) has changed the landscape of well design and operation in the last three decades. Both on-shore and off-shore examples of MFHWs have added to the knowledge of advantages, disadvantages and necessary changes to design and operations to make these wells more efficient. This course delivers industry experience from both successes and failures, and links the learnings into basic influences of geology, geomechanics, formation flow.

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Two-Day Courses on Monday, 10 May – Tuesday, 11 May

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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Hydraulic Fracturing - Design and Treatment

Instructors: Carl Montgomery and Michael Smith

This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments.

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