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Consolidate your training at an AAPG Education Conference. Choose between
Fall and Winter.
Hydraulic Fracturing of Shales
- INSTRUCTOR :
- Stacy Newman, ARC Pressure Data, Ft. Worth, TX
- INSTRUCTOR LOOKUP
- February 15, 2012
- Norris Conference Center, City Centre Location, Houston, Texas
(if purchased individually)
Registration for the entire week is $1,795 for members, $1,895 nonmembers. Goes up to $1895/$1995, and/or individual course prices increase by $50/course day after 1/16/2012. Course notes, refreshments and lunch buffet included.
No refunds for cancellations after 1/16/2012.
- 50 people
- .7 CEU What is a CEU?
Who Should Attend
The Hydraulic Fracturing course is designed to acquaint geologists, geophysicists, geologic technicians, and geologic managers with the reservoir flow and hydraulic fracturing process. This course is taught in a non-commercial manner and does not require fracturing knowledge or skills as a prerequisite for registration.
In today’s oil and gas producing environment, Hydraulic Fracturing plays a critical role in enhancing petroleum reserves and daily production. Progress in drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques have allowed the O&G industry to economically develop deeper, highly complex reservoirs including ultra-tight, naturally fractured shale formations. The industry is actively building drilling rigs again and the fracturing companies are adding equipment and crews at an escalating rate to keep up with the expanding market and fractured shale boom. These events have placed demands on hydraulic fracturing including personnel, pumping equipment, and proppants as never before.
Participants in this course will learn the basics of reservoir and fracture flow theory and hydraulic fracturing theory and mechanics. At the end of the course, the participants should be able to answer the following important questions concerning Well Productivity and Hydraulic Fracturing:
- How and why a well produces hydrocarbons?
- What is Hydraulic Fracturing (HF)?
- Why does HF improve a well’s capability to produce?
- Why is HF so complicated?
- What controls a HF to make it grow larger and in different directions?
- Why do horizontal wells in these new Shale completions require so many HF stages?
- Why are proppants necessary and what role do they play in a fractured well?
The course begins with a discussion of Reservoir Flow Theory which includes a definition of important terms, the reservoir system, and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs. A brief introduction to hydraulic fracturing is then followed by detailed discussions on the processes that govern the shape, azimuth, hydraulics, and critical parameters. The class in instructed in basic hydraulics equations and how they are solved and used in fracturing applications. The participants are also schooled on hydraulic fracturing fluids and proppants and their criticality to the fracturing process. Other detailed discussions include:
- Rock Mechanics
- Fracture Geometry
- Fracture Azimuth and Orientation
- Fluid Leak-Off
- Fracture Conductivity