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19 Aug 2016

Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The Ridge at Castle Pines

For more information and registration please, CLICK HERE.

The Denver Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers is pleased to announce our annual golf tournament on Friday August 19th at The Ridge at Castle Pines North.  Lunch and dinner are included.  Separate award ceremonies and raffle drawings take place immediately following each flight, thereby eliminating the need to return in the evening to collect prizes. 

The proceeds from the tournament benefit the SPE Scholarship Fund and are distributed to petroleum engineering students in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Last year’s tournament resulted in a donation of $23,000!  We constantly strive to exceed the previous years’ donations and to do so, we will need the continued support of your organization. 

We offer four levels of sponsorship donation.  Due to the downturn in the industry we’ve reduced those levels. Those companies generously donating $1,000 or more will receive the ultimate recognition as a Platinum Sponsor.  Likewise, companies donating $500, $300 or $150 will be recognized as Gold, Silver, or Bronze sponsors.  The sponsoring companies will be recognized at the tournament and in the SPE Newsletter.

Any questions or concerns with registration, please contact Erin McEvers at

The facilities at The Ridge at Castle Pines North are spectacular and challenging.  We hope that you can be a part of the 2016 SPE Golf Tournament with both your contribution and your participation.  Your support is truly appreciated. 

21 Sep 2016

GENERAL MEETING | Two Vital Secrets for Building Better Type Wells

Distinguished Lecturer: Randy Freeborn

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Denver Athletic Club

For any dietary restrictions please contact

Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, September 19th.

29 Sep 2016

RMAG & SPE Joint Happy Hour | Cigar & Whiskey Night

Details TBD

7 Oct 2016

CSM Annual Golf Tournament

October 7th, 2016

Arrowhead Golf Course

Supports the CSM SPE Student Chapter

More Details to Come!

19 Oct 2016


Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Denver Athletic Club

For any dietary restrictions please contact

Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, October 17th.

25 Oct 2016 REGISTER

Cont. Ed. | Microseismicity: A Hydraulic Fracture Diagnostic & A Deep Injection Conundrum

This course discusses the whys and wherefores; the cause or causes, the uses; the scientific backbone; the data acquisition thru interpretation—“imaging”; and the benefits, advantages, successes, and limitations microseismic data brings to deep-injections.

Instructor: Kenneth D. Mahrer, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday-Wednesday, October 25-26, 2016, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, 321 Seventeenth Street, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 297-3111

1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded by SPE-Americas Office for this 2-day course.

Registration Deadline: October 7, 2016

Course Description:

In the 1960’s we learned that deep, high-pressure injections induced low-level, measureable seismicity – “microseismicity”. By the end of the century and continuing to the present, the oil and gas industry harnessed understanding of this microseismicity into a diagnostic partnership between science—microseismic imaging—and technology—hydraulic fracturing. During that same period, other industries and activities (e.g., enhanced oil recovery, waste water disposal, coal degassing, geothermal) witnessed the same response: deep, injection-induced, measureable microseismicity. The overlap was obvious. Monitoring, analyzing, and interpreting this microseismicity has answered many questions; it has also generated many others. The goal of this course is to address both the answered and unanswered questions.

This course lasts 2 days and spans the whys and wherefores; the cause or causes, the uses; the scientific backbone; the data acquisition thru interpretation—“imaging”; and the benefits, advantages, successes, and limitations microseismic data brings to deep-injections.

We begin with the nuts-n-bolts tour of the history and development of microseismic imaging and deep injections. Because it well documented, we focus on hydraulic fracturing. Next, since microseismic imaging is not a stand-alone discipline, but draws from many disciplines, we visit the pertinent science and engineering: earth sciences and seismology, structural geology and rock mechanics, materials science, fracture mechanics, and injection engineering. After tip-toeing through this foundation, the course next develops the tools and the means and methods of microseismic data acquisition and processing. The final phase of the course focuses on interpretation:  case studies, benefits, pitfalls, limitations, and some recent advances. The goal of the course is multifaceted: give attendees an understanding, an appreciation, and realistic expectations of microseismic imaging as a diagnostic tool for hydraulic fracturing and all deep injections. 

Course Content:

  • Getting Started: Highlights, Motivation, Needs, Benefits & “Leveling the Playing Field"
  • History: Where we started, what we thought we knew, how we got here, and where are we now
  • Hydraulic Fracturing and Deep Injection Methods: There’s much more to putting fluid in the ground than just pumping down a hole
  • Field Studies and Research into Injection-Affected Geometry: Clever people has studied at deep injection since the ‘70’s.  A lot has been determined.
  • Foundational Sciences and Engineering: The backbone of our understanding of injection-induced microseismicity
  • Seismology and Microseismology: Understanding and extracting information from the seismic signals: “the wiggles”
  • Microseismic Imaging: Means and Methods: How we acquire and process the data
  • Case Studies I: The “Dots”
  • Case Studies II: More than the “Dots”
  • Potpourri: Insights, Pitfalls, Benefits, and Limitations; FAQs and Misconceptions; Advanced Topics; Discussion, Q&A

About the Instructor:

Dr. Kenneth Mahrer has spent much of his career working with microseismicity from both hydraulic fracture stimulations and from deep, waste-water injection. This spans from permanent and temporary field system installations; field operations and data acquisition; data simulations, and compiling, integrating, evaluating, and interpreting the microseismicity integrated with related data:  fracture mechanics, geology and in situ properties, design and well completion, injection engineering, logging and petrophysics, and any other germane data (e.g., tracer logs). Dr. Mahrer holds an AB (Miami University), an MS (University of Colorado), both in physics and a PhD in geophysics from Stanford University.  After completing his PhD, he won two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the University of Sheffield (England) in fracture mechanics and the other at Northwestern University (USA) in fracture mechanics and geothermal energy.  Following these fellowships, he taught in the geology department at the University of New Mexico. This was followed by working as a principal geophysicist at Teledyne Geotech - the first team (1980’s) to research, develop, and demonstrate the commercial applicability of microseismic imaging as a diagnostic for hydraulic fracture stimulations.  During his career, Dr. Mahrer has held a diversity of positions including monitoring, mapping, and characterizing the microseismicity induced by waste-water injection at the world’s deepest, continuous injection well, Paradox Valley, western Colorado. Most recently Dr. Mahrer was the chief scientist at SIGMA3, specializing in microseismic interpretation. Prior to SIGMA3, Dr. Mahrer was a principle geophysicist in the microseismic mapping group at Weatherford International. Over the last few decades, Dr. Mahrer has been a technical editor for both the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has written two columns for the SEG journal The Leading Edge:  THE WRITER’s BLOCK on technical writing and BRIGHT SPOTS summarizing technical articles appearing in the SEG journal Geophysics. In addition to teaching short-courses on microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing, Dr. Mahrer teaches short-courses on technical writing.

Who Should Attend:

As described above this course is broad sweeping.  Hence, any professional in hydraulic fracturing, deep waste-water injection, or related, deep-injection discipline will benefit from this course. This especially includes those who analyze hydraulic fracture stimulations using microseismic data, those who are considering microseismicity imaging, and those who want to understand more about microseismic imaging. All will benefit from this 2-day investment.  The course enables attendees to formulate and ask the hard questions, evaluate the answers, and understand strengths and limitations. There are many purveyors of microseismic imaging technology; this course will help cull these purveyors. For the mathematically-shy, the course is an overview with a minimum of equations or their development.


The registration deadline is October 7, 2016.

The registration fee is $1,400 for members and $1,800 for nonmembers and is fully refundable until that date.  For more details, contact Darien O’Brien, P.E. at or (303) 934-5979. Make your check payable to SPE Denver Section and mail to:  Darien O’Brien, 1632 South Lamar Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80232-7038.  Please include the course name, your FULL name (as you would like it to appear on the course completion certificate), SPE member number (if applicable), title, company, e-mail address, postal address, phone and fax number.  You may also register and pay on-line via the registration portal on this website.

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