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Pre-Conference Short Course 1Sold Out

Petrophysics of Unconventional Reservoirs

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


Date Saturday, 23 August
Times 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Location Colorado Convention Center
Instructor Michael Holmes (Digital Formation, Denver, Colorado)
Fee $695 (increases to $895 after 25 July)
Includes Digital course notes and refreshments
Content .75 CEU
Limit 50 people


Upon completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • Petrophysical techniques for the evaluation of coal bed methane, unconventional oil and gas reservoirs and tight gas sands
  • Particular concentration on unconventional oil and gas reservoirs
  • Importance of integration of petrophysics with geology, geochemistry, geophysics reservoir engineering and reservoir completion

The course is designed to cover the various petrophysical models in the evaluation of unconventional reservoirs — coalbed methane, tight gas sands, unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. We will highlight the petophysical differences between conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and integration of geochemistry with petrophysics is emphasized. Additionally the impact of petrophysics on other disciplines — geology, geophysics, and engineering — is described. Examples of each of the unconventional reservoirs are included. The course should be of value to all involved or interested in unconventional reservoir appraisal.

Course Outline

  • Overview
  • Petrophysical models-conventional vs. unconventional
  • Summary of geochemical parameters in analysis of organic shales
  • Coalbed methane
  • Tight gas sandstones
  • Petrophysical models for organic rich shale sequences

This course is applicable for all technical disciplines involved or interested in unconventional reservoirs: geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, reservoir engineers and completion engineers. Members of management and finance will also find it useful to understand the importance of petrophysics in unconventional reservoir appraisal.


Pre-Conference Short Course 2

Forecasting Well Production Data in Unconventional Resources

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


Date Saturday, 23 August – Sunday, 24 August
Times 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Location Colorado Convention Center
Instructor Dilhan Ilk (DeGolyer and NacNaughton, Dallas, Texas)
Fee $1,400 member (SPE, AAPG, SEG), $1,800 nonmember
Includes Printed and electronic course materials, light breakfast,
lunch and afternoon refreshments
Limit 30 people


This course provides a comprehensive methodology for the diagnosis, analysis, and forecasting of well production data in unconventional resources. An extensive evaluation of the diagnostic tools for assessing data viability, checking data correlation along with flow regime identification is presented. The principal focus is to diagnose the characteristic flow regimes associated with well production and apply methodologies to estimate performance parameters and forecast production. These methodologies include simple analytical tools, decline curves, and more complex techniques such as nonlinear numerical simulation. Examples from tight gas sands, gas shales, and liquids-rich shale systems will illustrate the theoretical considerations and practical aspects.

Topics Include

  • Collect, analyze and interpret critical data for well performance analysis
  • Identify well performance characteristics and flow regimes using diagnostic plots
  • Estimate key reservoir and completion parameters
  • Forecast future performance for various production/completion and field development scenarios
  • Establish the optimal workflow to help quantify well performance uncertainty and non-uniqueness

Note: Participants must bring laptop to class.


Pre-Conference Short Course 3

Introductory Geochemistry for Condensate-Rich Shales and Tight Oil

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


Date Sunday, 24 August
Times 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Location Colorado Convention Center
Instructor Christopher D. Laughrey (Weatherford Labs, Golden, Colorado)
Fee $695 (increases to $895 after 25 July)
Content .75 CEU
Includes Digital course notes and refreshments
Limit 50 people


Participants should be able to accomplish the following by the end of the course:

  • Select and use the basic geochemical screening tools designed for initial petroleum source rock evaluation: total organic carbon (TOC), programmed pyrolysis, vitrinite reflectance/visual kerogen analysis, and gas chromatography of source-rock extracts
  • Apply these basic screening tools to shale-gas and tight-oil reservoir evaluation
  • Select and use more advanced geochemical techniques for shale-gas and tight-oil reservoir analyses: organic petrography, canister gas content analyses, stable-isotope geochemistry, crude oil screening, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, biomarker analyses, C7 hydrocarbons, Diamondoids and fluid inclusions
  • Estimate oil and cracked gas yields from basic geochemical data and correlate these results to production data
  • Use mass balance equations to calculate the original total organic carbon and hydrogen index of thermally mature and post mature source rocks
  • Understand the role of oil fingerprinting technology in evaluating reservoir connectivity and allocating comingled oil production in unconventional reservoirs
  • Integrate geochemical data with geological, petrophysical and geophysical data for comprehensive shale-gas and tight-oil reservoir evaluation

The course is a practical and applied introduction to geochemical techniques routinely employed in shale-gas condensate and tight-oil reservoir assessment. Class emphasis is on explaining which tools and techniques can best address specific questions, what caveats must be kept in mind when employing these tools, what are the strengths and limitations of petroleum geochemistry in resource plays, and how to interpret conflicting data from different analyses. Theory is kept to a minimum and select practical exercises help participants learn to review geochemical data, recognize problems with the data and begin to cultivate a feel for interpreting geochemical data and integrating these interpretations with other geological information.

The following analytical techniques will be discussed: Leco TOC, Source Rock Analyzer (SRA) and Rock-Eval programmed pyrolysis, Dean Stark and Soxhlet extraction, liquid and gas chromatography, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, organic petrology using reflected light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and advanced scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

Several interpretive approaches will be discussed including routine parameters for TOC, programmed pyrolysis, extract composition and quantities, and organic petrology. Special emphasis is given to the many caveats associated with assessing thermal maturity in resource plays. Participants will complete exercises interpreting pyrograms, gas chromatograms, and elementary Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectroscopy (GCMS) data. The class will employ various cross plots and simple mathematics to interpret stable isotope data, calculate original TOC, hydrogen index, and oil and cracked gas yields, and interpret gas chromatography data for an oil fingerprinting exercise.

Who Should Attend

Geoscientists and engineers who need to integrate basic petroleum geochemistry data with other geologic and engineering data for shale-gas and tight-oil unconventional resource play evaluation. Technicians performing many of these fundamental geochemical measurements in commercial, government, and university laboratories also benefit from this course. Participants should have a solid background in petroleum geology.


Pre-Conference Short Course 4

Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)


Date Sunday, 24 August
Times 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Location Colorado Convention Center
Instructor Shawn Maxwell (IMaGE, Itasca Microseismic and Geomechanical Evaluation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Fee $695
Content .7 CEU
Includes Course materials, continental breakfast and coffee breaks
Limit 50 people


Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of microseismicity, including how to use data to improve engineering design of hydraulic fractures, as well as:

  • Basics of hydraulic fracture operations
  • Geomechanical processes that generate microseismicity, and how it relates to the hydraulic fracture growth
  • Issues associated with high-quality microseismic data
  • Common processing pitfalls and quality control approaches to processing workflows
  • Identifying and accounting for potential monitoring biases
  • Interpretation of microseismic images
  • Application of microseismic data to fracture engineering challenges
  • Monitoring-induced seismicity

Hydraulic fracture stimulations are critical for the development of unconventional reservoirs, and the growing interest in shale reservoirs has resulted in the rapid expansion of microseismic fracture imaging. During high-pressure fluid injections of a hydraulic fracture treatment, microseismic emissions occur as cracks form and interact with pre-existing fractures. Images of the microseismic locations can be used to interpret hydraulic fracture geometries, including the direction, dimensions and complexity resulting from networks of fractures in different orientations.

The course will provide an overview of microseismic theory and practical application: from acquisition and survey design, processing through to interpretation. The emphasis will be on practical issues associated with acquisition of high-quality microseismic data, including potential pitfalls and quality control steps. Actual case studies will be used to demonstrate engineering benefits and improved production through the use of microseismic.


  • Introduction and History of Microseismic Monitoring
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Basics
  • Acquisition and Pre-Survey Design
  • Basic Processing for Microseismic Locations
  • Geomechanics of Microseismic Deformation
  • Interpretation of Microseismic Fracture Images
  • Engineering Applications of Microseismic Imaging

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for geophysicists, engineers and geologists. The emphasis is on practical application and, as such, only basic prerequisite knowledge is assumed. The course would be most relevant to those currently involved with, or considering development of, unconventional reservoirs and particularly shales.


Pre-Conference Short Course 5Sold Out

Hydraulic Fracturing Fundamentals for Unconventional Reservoirs

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


Date Sunday, 24 August
Times 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Location Colorado Convention Center
Instructor Steve Hennings (Consultant, Source Rock Engineering,
Littleton, Colorado)
Fee $750 member (SPE/AAPG/SEG), $950 nonmember
Includes Instructor materials, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments
Limit 25 people


At the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • Fracturing in horizontal wells
  • Completion options and applications
  • Quality and safety control issues
  • Actual production correlations to changes in fracturing methods
  • Treatment monitoring from pressures and micro-seismic
  • Cost-Benefits analysis
  • Summary of environmental issues

This course covers the technical fundamentals of hydraulic fracture design treatments in shale reservoirs. The primary focus is on actual field results, the practical data needed to plan a treatment, and the reasons treatment designs vary by company and by type of shale reservoir.


  • Shale reservoir characteristics
  • Well design and completion basics
  • Five Fracture treatment objectives
  • Hydraulic fracturing mechanics
  • Pre-treatment calibration tests
  • Fracturing fluid options and applications


Post-Conference Interactive Forum

Multidisciplinary Assessment in Unconventional Resource Development

Presented by SPE/SEG Cooperation Committee


Date Thursday, 28 August
Times 8:00 AM–3:30 PM
Location Colorado Convention Center
Fee URTeC Registrants $175; Non-registered Professionals $350;
Students $75
Includes Lunch and refreshments
Limit Open

This Interactive Forum will give attendees a flavor for the ways in which new ideas and novel mixtures of technologies can be used in order to improve our understanding of unconventional resources, maximize recovery and learn from the successes and failures of the past.

Following an introduction and overview of current practices in resource development, six presenters will illustrate unique approaches to the problems of resource development. Time is allotted for extensive audience interaction with each speaker.

Introductions and Moderators

Bobby Poe, SPE Co-Chair, Interpretation Engineering Advisor, Schlumberger

Jamie Rector, SEG Co-Chair, University of California, Berkley


  • Dr. Azra Tutuncu, Director, Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute, Colorado School of Mines, The Big Picture of Multidisciplinary Assessment in Unconventional Resource Development
  • Greg Bank, Appraisal Assets Manager, Seneca Resources Corporation Multidisciplinary Resource Assessment in Unconventional Resources
  • Reinaldo Michelena, Director of Geophysical Technology, iReservoir From Seismic to Flow Simulation in Unconventional Reservoirs: Calibration is the Key
  • Heidi Kuzma, Geoscientist & Chief Innovation Officer, BetaZi LLC Predictive Analytics Using Statistical Models for Production Forecasting and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Mike Mayerhofer, Diagnostics Engineering Manager, Pinnacle Technologies Optimizing Unconventional Resource Development with Integrated Fracture Diagnostics
  • Archie Taylor, Manager Reservoir Engineering Applications, Continental Resources Inc. Optimal Development Strategies in Unconventional Resources
  • Jean-Pierre Blangy, Chief Geophysicist, Hess Advanced Reservoir Characterization Using 3-D Seismic, A Bakken Example

After the presentations, there will be a panel discussion in which speakers and the attendees will help to identify the most fruitful areas of future research for unconventional resource development. A white paper will be written as a result of this Panel Session, which can be used both as notes and as a guide for future events addressing specific assessment and development problems.

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Short Course Notes

  • Short courses are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and registration must be accompanied by full payment.
  • If you do not plan on attending the conference, a $30 enrollment fee will be added to the short course fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the conference at a later date.
  • A wait list is created if a short course sells out. We will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the course will take place, as course may be cancelled if undersubscribed.
  • To help us better anticipate the number of attendees and avoid premature cancellation of short courses, please register before 14 July 2014. Short course cancellations due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on short courses after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for short courses not cancelled, either until they are sold out or closed.
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