Interactive Panel Sessions

Tuesday, 13 August

Monday, 25 August

Afternoon Interactive Panel Session

Nimble Independents: “Moving the Needle” With Innovation and Execution Excellence

1:45 PM–5:25 PM | Mile High 4 D/E/F | Included with registration

Moderator: Luis Baez, North America Exploration Manager, BG Group

Agile independents continue to be first-order drivers behind the velocity at which industry is climbing the unconventional resources learning curve and new chapters to this “playbook” are being added every day. This accomplished panel will share insights and lessons learned how they’ve created and then weaved their unique matrix of multidisciplinary integration, fit-for-purpose technologies, benchmark best practices and boots-on-the ground execution to lead them to Tier 1 results.

  • 1:45 p.m. - Introductory Remarks
  • 1:50 p.m. - Doug Hazlett, Vice President, North America Onshore Exploration, Anadarko Petroleum
  • 2:05 p.m. - Michael Van Horn, former Vice President Exploration, Newfield Exploration
  • 2:20 p.m. - Joe Frantz, Vice President Engineering Technology, Range Resources
  • 2:35 p.m. - Trevor Sloan, Managing Director Energy Research, ITG Investments Research 
  • 2:50 p.m. - Joseph DeDominic, President and Chief Operating Officer, Anschutz Petroleum
  • 3:05 p.m. - Refreshment Break
  • 3:45 p.m. - Interactive Panel Q & A
  • 4:30 p.m. - Audience Q & A


Tuesday, 26 August

Interactive Panel Sessions

Morning: Converting Technology Into Dollars

8:25 AM–12:05 PM | Mile High 4 D/E/F | Included with registration

Moderator: Doug Valleau, Director Unconventional Tech Onshore, Hess Corporation

Shy of two decades since the Barnett shale became a commercial reality for Mitchell, we are still coming up with new innovative ways to “unlock the rock” from its precious hydrocarbons. While offshore conventional reservoirs have been producing over 50 years and every day we come up with new innovative ways to improve our recovery efficiencies in those systems, we are still in stages of infancy when it comes to understanding tight reservoirs.

This distinguished panel will explore how top-tier organizations lead the way by rapidly improving and deploying unconventional resource technologies and incorporating new learnings across their organizations.

  • 8:25 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
  • 8:30 a.m. - D. Nathan Meehan, Senior Executive Advisor, Baker Hughes Inc.
  • 8:45 a.m. - Bob Hardage, Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology
  • 9:00 a.m. - Mark Sonnenfeld, Vice President Geosciences, Whiting Petroleum
  • 9:15 a.m. - Dennis Degner, Director of Operations, Range Resources
  • 9:30 a.m. - Jeff Meisenhelder, Vice President, Unconventional Resources, Schlumberger
  • 9:45 a.m. - Refreshment Break
  • 10:25 a.m. - Michael Ming, General Manager Oil & Gas Technology Center, GE Global Research
  • 10:40 a.m. - Interactive Panel Q & A
  • 11:20 a.m. - Audience Q & A

Afternoon: Water Management and the Link to License to Operate

1:45 PM–3:05 PM | Mile High 4 D/E/F | Included with registration

Moderator: Andrew Wharton, General Manager HSSE, BG Group

The use of technology to improve the efficiency of how water is transported and used in unconventional resources development is, and will increasingly be, critical to the future of the unconventional hydrocarbon resources industry. Demonstrating continuous improvement in water management will lead to an increase in operational performance and help ensure water is appropriately managed to meet industry needs as well as the needs of other stakeholders. “License to Operate” is the broad recognition, on the part of stakeholders in each place where unconventional resource development may occur, that this development is legitimate and brings a positive contribution to all concerned.

The panel will cover examples of where technology advances in water management are improving the way water is transported and used, and how this in turn can help the unconventional hydrocarbon resources industry demonstrate its “license to operate” to a range of stakeholders.

  • 1:45 p.m. - Introductory Remarks
  • 1:50 p.m. - Pete Miller Water Resources Manager, Range Resources
  • 2:00 p.m. - Carl E. Adams Jr., Principal, ENVIRON
  • 2:10 p.m. - Stephen Jester, Senior Principal Environmental Engineer, ConocoPhillips
  • 2:20 p.m. - Interactive Panel Q & A
  • 2:45 p.m. - Audience Q & A

Afternoon: Emerging International Plays

3:45 PM–5:05 PM | Mile High 4 D/E/F | Included with registration

Moderator: Luis Baez, North America Exploration Manager, BG Group

The development of onshore unconventional resources in North America has shifted the future of U.S. natural gas and oil supplies and has dramatically changed the game in domestic exploration, drilling and production for decades to come. The question is if this will have the same effect globally. How do we effectively transport the skills sets we have acquired to the international scene?

As little as we know about the potential of these global unconventional plays, we need to answer what will be the most effective and commercially attractive ways to unlock these reservoirs. This expert panel will share their experiences, strategies and key challenges to achieving these goals to present on plays from Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Australia.

  • 3:45 p.m. - Introductory Remarks
  • 3:50 p.m. - Brian Gratto, Manager, Unconventional Resource Exploration, Saudi Aramco
  • 4:00 p.m. - Andrew Quarles, Technical Director, Cuadrilla Resources
  • 4:10 p.m. - Ray Johnson Jr., Principal, Unconventional Reservoir Solutions
  • 4:20 p.m. - Mark Smithard, Vice President Business Development, Chevron
  • 4:30 p.m. - Interactive Panel Q & A
  • 4:50 p.m. - Audience Q & A


Wednesday, 27 August

Morning Interactive Panel Session

Marcellus Shale: "Bottom Up" Integrated Assessment of Future Production and Reserves

8:25 AM–12:05 PM | Mile High 4 D/E/F | Included with registration

Moderator: Scott W. Tinker,  Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, State Geologist of Texas, Professor, Edwin Allday Endowed Chair in Subsurface Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

A team of engineers, geoscientists and economists have spent the last three years studying four of the most prolific shale gas basins in the United States. The interdisciplinary study was focused on how much natural gas will be produced from the major shale gas plays by 2030. Field-wide mapping of key geologic parameters and a "bottom up" look at the estimated ultimate recovery of each well in each basin allow a comprehensive assessment of well economics and the construction of a production outlook model. Original gas in place, technically recoverable reserves, and a range of estimated actual production using 5 p.m. - Monte Carlo simulation were determined for each of the four shale gas basins. Results from the Barnett, Fayetteville and Haynesville studies have been presented and published. This panel will present for the first time results from the Marcellus Shale.

  • 8:25 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
  • 8:30 a.m. - Katie M. Smye, Eric Potter, Susan Horvath, and Scott W. Tinker: Geological Analysis of the Marcellus Shale for “Bottom Up” Production Forecasting and Resource Estimation
  • 8:55 a.m. - Frank Male, Tad Patzek, Amin Ettehad, John Browning, Svetlana Ikonnikova, and Michael Marder:  Forecast of Gas Production from Wells in the Marcellus Shale Using Scaling Methods
  • 9:20 a.m. - Svetlana Ikonnikova, John Browning, Frank Male, Tad Patzek, Michael Marder: Fieldwide Assessment of Technically Recoverable Reserves for Marcellus Shale
  • 9:45 a.m. - Refreshment Break
  • 10:25 a.m. - Svetlana Ikonnikova, Gürcan Gülen, John Browning, Eric Potter, and Scott W. Tinker: Well Economics and Production Outlook of the Marcellus Shale Gas Play
  • 10:50 a.m. - Gürcan Gülen Svetlana Ikonnikova, John Browning, and Scott W. Tinker: Constraints, Sensitivities, and Geographic Differences in the Marcellus Production Outlook
  • 11:15 a.m. - John Browning, Svetlana Ikonnikova, Scott W. Tinker, Gürcan Gülen, Eric Potter, Katie M. Smye, Frank Male, Tad Patzek, Susan Horvath, and Qilong Fu: Consolidated Production Outlooks for Marcellus, Barnett, Fayetteville, and Haynesville Shales
  • 11:40 a.m. - Discussion Audience Q & A

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