Understanding Heterogeneity in Shale Plays across the U.S.

What is the best way to use integrated data to analyze different shale plays in the U.S.? Join us for a dynamic short course, Understanding Heterogeneity in U.S. Shale Plays, that will cover best practices for each of the major U.S. shales. It will be offered on September 19, in Houston at the AAPG Fall Education Conference.

Although a number of shale plays have now been in production for several years there are still many unknowns in the understanding of reservoir heterogeneity and the establishment of best practices for exploiting each individual play. By the end of this course attendees will have accomplished an understanding of a number of key shale plays from this detailed and updated overview. By covering a number of subjects from the value of core data, petrophysical and geomechanical log measurements to the use of surface seismic in broader scale sweet spot identification through to microseismic monitoring and completion optimization the attendee will benefit from a greater understanding of the process of examining and upscaling different data types. The integration of these different measurements will then be utilized to demonstrate planning a successful horizontal well and taking single well success to an optimized full field development plan.

INSTRUCTORS: Richard Salter (Schlumberger, Houston, TX), and Rick Lewis (Schlumberger, Oklahoma City, OK)
DATES: September 19, 2012
LOCATION: Norris Conference Center, City Centre Location, Houston, TX
TUITION: Member: $475.00 • NonMember $475.00
(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 8/20/2012. Course notes, refreshments and lunch buffet included.
No refunds for cancellations after 8/20/2012.
CONTENT: .7 CEU What is a CEU?

By the end of the course the attendees will have accomplished the following:

  • An understanding of the current status of the key shale plays. This includes summary reviews of plays as diverse as Haynesville, Marcellus, EagleFord, Barnett, Fayetteville, Bakken, Niobrara etc and what makes each a unique challenge.
  • Worked through the definitions of reservoir quality and completion quality
  • Knowledge of the role of core analysis within the various shale plays
  • Have seen numerous examples of the value of petrophysical evaluation for shale plays including examples for the class to take away and work through.
  • Use of mechanical property calculations to predict fracture containment and to pick the optimal zone to land a lateral.
  • From seeing case study examples the attendee will have a greater understanding of the role of surface seismic in sweet spot identification as well as seismic applications for the identification of fracture networks.
  • Understood the importance of well placement and the value of key measurements in the lateral for optimal geosteering and maximizing reservoir contact.
  • Been exposed to the importance of stimulation design and completion optimization.
  • Learned about the role of Microseismic monitoring during stimulation
  • Discussed production logging in order to understand hydrocarbon contribution from the lateral and the correlation with stress profiles and lateral heterogeneity
  • Taken through case studies on production forecasting from reservoir simulation to gain a better understanding of how the fracture network influences production.
  • Participated in a closing forum to summarize the key takeaways from the course from each of the main subjects as well as discussions on the future of shale plays both in the US and overseas.

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