The Hydraulic Fracturing Geosciences Technology Workshop (August 13-15, Golden, Colorado) will focus on new developments in hydraulic fracturing with an emphasis on the importance of understanding the geology, rock properties, geomechanics, geochemistry, reservoir fluids, natural fracture systems and the nature of the reservoir itself. The approach is multi-disciplinary, and exploration and production issues will be expanded to consider environmental concerns, new technologies, and new findings about the reservoirs themselves.

The workshop is also intended to bring together technology developers and users with environmental specialists, regulators, and policy makers to find common ground and open channels of discussion and understanding. This should lead to more technology-based and less emotional development of policies and regulations on O&G activities, as well as improve the understanding by the O&G industry of how to avoid confrontation and improve hydraulic fracturing practices to eliminate any potential hazards to the public and surface owners.

Part of the motivation for the GTW is the fact that hydraulic fracturing for both conventional and unconventional oil and gas development and production has become a hot button issue for the public and regulators in most of the United States and Canada where this technology is being used or might be used in the near future. Concern and regulation of hydraulic also is growing in other areas of the world, especially in Europe. There is a disconnect in most places between how the technology is applied and the real and perceived hazards to aquifers and surface owners (including induced-earthquake hazards) that have led to the contentious state of affairs.

Another motivation is the blistering pace of technological innovation and the need for a better understanding of how diversity in reservoirs, structural regimes, lithology, the acquifer, fracture systems, facies, geochemistry and tectonic history affect hydraulic fracturing efforts.

New Developments in Hydraulic Fracturing

·        Rock properties & reservoir characterization

·        Geomechanics & fractures (natural and induced)

·        Geochemical factors

·        Reservoir fluids & produced water

·        Proppants/ frac fluid

·        Produced water

·        3D seismic/ seismic imaging

·        Microseismic


Preliminary List of Accepted Talks:


Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future

            Gas Shales – Their Importance and the Controversies


Brent Wilson, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

            Results of a Study Determine Methane in Aquifers Prior to Drilling for the Marcellus


Cal Cooper, Apache

            Water Issues in Hydraulic Fracturing


Chip Groat, Texas University

            Subject not yet given


Claude Signer, Schlumberger

            Subject not yet given


David Castillo, Geomechanics International

            Geomechanics Overview / Importance


Harry Vidas, ICF International

            A GIS Approach to Detailed Unconventional Resource Assessment and Economic Analysis


Janell Edman, Edman Geochemical Consulting

            Using Geochemical Tracers to Monitor Hydrocarbon Flow During Hydraulic Fracturing


John Fontana, Vista Geoscience

Addressing Water Well ‘Problems’ and Complaints in Areas of Unconventional Resource Development:Appearances Are Deceiving and Solutions are Many


Kevin Fisher, Flotek Industries

Hydraulic Fracturing Safety from a Rock Mechanics and Fluid Chemistry Perspective


Manika Prasad and Saeed Zargari, Colorado School of Mines    

The Effects of Fracturing Fluids on Shale Rock Mechanical Properties and Proppant Embedment


Mark A. Parker, Pinnacle, A Halliburton Service

New Proppant for Hydraulic Fracturing Improves Well Performance and Decreases Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations


Mark D. Zoback, Dept. of Geophysics, Stanford University Stanford

Long Period, Long Duration Seismic Events during Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation of a Shale Gas Reservoir


Murray Roth, Transform Software and Services, Inc.

            Comparison of Shales / Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques


Niranjan Banik, Ph.D., GeoSolutions Technology Schlumberger-WesternGeco

From Pore-Pressure Prediction to Reservoir Characterization


Randy Koepsell, Schlumberger

Discrimination of Fracture and Stress Effects Using Image and Sonic Logs for Hydraulic Fracturing Design


Randy LaFollette,  Baker Hughes

Shale Reservoir Production Results: Everything Matters, But Some Things Matter More Than Others


Richard Nehring, Nehring Database

            Basic Concepts: Characterizing What We Do and Don’t Know


Rob Jackson, Nicholas School, Duke University

            Controversies of Fingerprinting the Culprits: Knowns and Unknowns


Seth Busetti, ConocoPhillips Subsurface Technology

            Geomechanics of Hydraulic Fracture Induced Microseismicity


Uni Blake, Gastem

Chemical and Analytical Methods


Xavier Refunjol, Swift Energy Operating, LLC

Extracting Formation Properties from Hydraulically-Induced Microseisms, Seismic Attributes, and Impedance Inversion.

Join us for panel discussions as well.


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