Knowledge Power: Hydraulic Fracturing for Geologists

What you think you know about hydraulic fracturing could be the tip of the iceberg.  The technologies are changing so quickly that the great decision you made nine months ago could be a poor one now.  Find out how to maximize your frac’ing investment. Join us in Fort Worth in June to take our new course, Hydraulic Fracturing for Geologists, taught by industry expert Randy LaFollette of BJ Services.

Objectives

The main goal of the class is to impart a fundamentally sound understanding of why hydraulic fracturing works, the theory of hydraulic fracture growth and input data needed, the materials used in the process, and basic operational practices. By the end of the class, attendees are expected to be conversant in the vocabulary and concepts of hydraulic fracturing.

Content

The class will begin by describing the fundamental rate equation and demonstrating how its variables drive the principal hydraulic fracturing needs of any particular reservoir. Supplemental geological and geomechanical information needed for improved fracture treatment designs will also be identified and described. Basic fracturing calculations will be addressed, and will include injection rate, fracturing pressure, and hydraulic horsepower calculations. The propagation of hydraulic fractures will be discussed in the context of rock mechanical properties description. Fracturing fluid, proppant, and chemical additive materials and their selection will be covered. Fracturing equipment and its layout on location will be defined by function so that attendees can recognize the functions of the various pieces of equipment on location. Fracturing operational sequences will be described to show the reasons behind the order of pumping sequences. Case studies will be used to highlight the impact of fracturing operations on production outcome.

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