Shales and mudrocks are significant to almost all aspects of hydrocarbon exploration and production. This is why it is important to be able to understand and implement which tools, processes and procedures are needed when working in shale plays. Lindell Bridges, a Senior Vice President of Geosciences at EQT Production, will be covering these topics associated with shale play exploration. Bridges will give brief overviews of a few existing plays in North American along with the different phases of shale exploration, reviews of existing data,and mapping techniques. This course is part of the 2014 AAPG Summer Education Conference and will be taking place Wednesday, June 18 at the Summit Conference Center in Aurora, Colorado. For more information: Basic Tools for Mudrock Exploration – SEC

Presentation Details

Event: Summer Education Conference
Presentation: Basic Tools for Mudrock Exploration
Presenter(s): Lindell Bridges – EQT Production
Date: June 18,2014 (Wednesday)
Location: The Summit Conference Center, Aurora, Colorado

Who Should Attend

Geologists, geophysicists, and engineers who are new to shale plays. This course is especially appropriate for persons that are responsible for shale play exploration or exploitation. Industry experience may range from graduate students to seasoned professionals.

The goal of this course is to expose students to the basics of evaluating new and existing shale plays. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Perform basic log analysis on existing well logs of various vintages.
  • Recognize what petrophysical parameters are important for identifying potentially productive shale intervals, including characteristics of gas, gas & condensate, & oil reservoirs in shale.
  • Recognize important geochemical data needed for evaluating shale plays, both existing data and data from new drilling.
  • Recognize important thermal maturity data needed for evaluating shale plays, both existing data and data from new drilling.
  • Apply sequence stratigraphy to shale plays for mapping prospective trends.
  • Apply stress regime analysis to determine horizontal well azimuth.
  • Understand natural fracturing in shale and how they assist in increasing the productivity of shale reservoirs in conjunction with hydraulic fracturing.

Course Content

This short course will demonstrate which tools, processes, and procedures all geoscientists, engineers, and technical professionals working in shale plays need to understand and implement.The instructor will provide guidance in using lithological information, petrophysics, 3D seismic, pore pressure, reservoir characterization, geochemistry, fracture information, and reservoir fluid information to effectively explore for and produce shale hydrocarbons.

This course starts by defining what a “shale” play is and ends up with a brief overview of a few existing shale plays in North America. During the course we will review the type of existing data one needs to evaluate when moving into a new play area. Mapping techniques using petrophysical, geochemical, and sequence stratigraphy will be introduced. The different phases of shale exploration and development will be presented outlining some pitfalls that may be encountered along the way.

Conference Content

2014 Summer Education Conference

The four concurrent sessions allow attendees to mix and match according to their interests and training needs. Courses for the conference may be purchased individually. These individual prices are reflected in the pricing on the course descriptions.

Course notes will be provided in digital format on CD only, so laptops with CD drives are required for all courses. If you do not have access to a laptop computer with a CD drive, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

** For registration and full event details please visit: HERE! **

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