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19 Jan 2017

Petrobowl Question Writing Session (II)

Location: MHA Petroleum, 730 17th St, Suite 410, Denver, CO

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Date: Thursday January 19, 2016

26 Jan 2017 REGISTER

SPE Evening Event | 25-Year SPE Members

Join us for an evening honoring the 25-year SPE members - a time to reconnect with friends and meet a few new ones. This event is exclusive to SPE members with 25 years or more of membership and their guests.

If you have questions, please contact Dan Gralla at dangralla@yahoo.com

When: January 26, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Denver Athletic Club - Billiards Room and Bar

Tickets: 

$25.00 per person (SPE Member and Guests)

$40.00 walk-in

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres & drink included.

 

31 Jan 2017

Cont. Ed. | Horizontal Well Completions

This course discusses a variety of considerations for hydraulic fracturing and associated completions in horizontal wells. Completion optimization specifics for various situations are covered as well as how to evaluate them and bring them into the overall treatment evaluation.

Instructor: Jennifer L. Miskimins, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Petroleum Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines

Date: Tuesday, January 31 - Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Location: Halliburton 1125 17th Street Suite 1900, Denver, CO 80202

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

Registration Deadline: January 6, 2017


Course Description:

Horizontal well completions bring many challenges to the oil and gas industry. Lateral wellbores are much more than just vertical wells “turned on their sides”. Multiple behaviors need to be considered during the completion and stimulation of horizontal wells that are beyond those in vertical wells, where perhaps nature was more forgiving of missteps. This class will discuss a variety of considerations for hydraulic fracturing and associated completions in horizontal wells. A brief overview of unconventional reservoirs and the need for horizontal wells will be presented. Modeling considerations for horizontal systems will be discussed including topics such as stress shadowing and proppant transport. Significant focus is placed on the importance of conductivity and how it behaves and cleans up in horizontal wells. The importance and implications of near wellbore complexity, which can be generated within a few feet of the well, will be reviewed, along with the potential for longitudinal fracture components. Finally, various economic considerations for optimizing completions will be offered. Many of these behaviors exist on a well-to-well or reservoir-to-reservoir basis, and therefore, specifics for various situations are not a focus, rather how to evaluate for them and bring them into the overall treatment evaluation will be emphasized.

Topics include:
  1. Introductions
  2. Overview of unconventional reservoirs and horizontal well completions
    1. Evaluating fractured well performance
    2. Considerations of horizontal well vs. vertical wells
    3. Enhanced permeability behavior
  3. Mechanical properties
  4. Horizontal well fracture geometries and modeling
    1. Model behaviors
    2. Shear slippage
    3. Stress shadowing
    4. Proppant transport
  5. Fracture conductivity
    1. Baseline and dynamic conductivities
    2. Fracture clean-up and flowback
  6. Application of diagnostics in horizontal wells
    1. Geometric measurements
    2. DFIT’s and pressure diagnostics
  7. Horizontal well completions considerations
    1. Longitudinal vs. transverse components
    2. Near wellbore complexity
    3. Diversion considerations
  8. Economic optimization of horizontal well stimulation
    1. Use of rate transient techniques
    2. Optimizing fracture spacing

About the Instructor:

Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins, PhD, P.E., is Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Petroleum Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines where she specializes in stimulation treatment design and analysis, as well as teaches a variety of courses. Dr. Miskimins holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering. She is a member of SPE, AAPG and RMAG, and currently serves as the Production & Operations Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for Petroleum Engineers, geologists, geophysicists, managers, government officials, and technical support staff wanting an understanding of completion and stimulation considerations in horizontal wells.  Previous knowledge of hydraulic fracturing basic concepts is assumed.

Registration

The registration deadline is January 6, 2017

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 dgobrien@alumni.mines.edu 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.

2 Feb 2017 REGISTER

Speed Networking with Students

February 2nd, 5:00 to 7:00pm.

Hard Rock Café- Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St #120, Denver, CO

We are excited to have the SPE North American Student Symposium in Denver this year. Come help us welcome the students to town and network with some of our up and coming petroleum engineers. From 5:30 to 6:30pm there will be an organized “speed dating” networking activity to help us all break out of our normal networking circles and meet a variety of attendees. There will be some emphasis on introducing students to the skills of networking in professional circles, so please come and help us out by participating!

Ticket cost $10 -1 drink ticket, unlimited sodas and passed appetizer sliders

10 Feb 2017 REGISTER

SPE - YP 3rd Annual Spring Fling Ski Trip

February 10-12, 2017, Copper Mountain Resort - Space is limited, fun is not! A great opportunity to network while hitting the slopes and enjoying apres ski. 4 out of 5 engineers agree - a proven way to build relationships, increase brand awareness, and learn ski skills from your customers (informal survey, 5th engineer was in the trees...).

Lodging includes 2 nights in Copper Mountain Resort - slope side (Friday, 2/10 and Saturday, 2/11)

Lift Tickets (2 ski / board days) valid Friday, 2/10 and Saturday 2/11

Pricing 

$250 / person – members and non-members, includes 2 nights of lodging and 2 days of skiing / boarding

$175 / person – members and non-members, includes 2 nights of lodging

 

When registering, please indicate what size t-shirt you would like under "name on ticket".

Sponsorships are still available! Contact Mark Hinamen (mark.hinaman+spe@gmail.com, or Tom Rolleczek (trolleczek@varelintl.com) for details and sponsorship levels.

14 Feb 2017 REGISTER

Education Track - Microseismic Monitoring of Hydraulic Fracture Stimulations

What Engineers need to know!

Mike Preiksaitis
Geophysical Specialist, ESG Solutions

February 14, 2017 | 2-5 pm

Location: 

Noble Energy

World Trade Center Denver

1625 Broadway # 2200

Denver, CO 80202

Abstract

Over the past decade, microseismic monitoring has become a widely used approach to gain an understanding of in-situ reservoir behavior during hydraulic fracture stimulations. From early monitoring performed in the Barnett Shale to current programs in unconventional formations around the world, microseismic monitoring has served as a valuable geophysical tool to help operators optimize completions methods, improve field development and maximize recovery.  Locating microseismic events associated with hydraulic fracturing provides feedback on fracture geometry, optimal well orientation and spacing, effective stimulated volume and fault interaction, while the integration of advanced microseismic methods with engineering and geomechanics provides a new understanding of complex fracture network development.  The seminar will provide an overview of microseismic theory and practice, from program design and acquisition through to data processing and interpretation.  Case studies will demonstrate how microseismic monitoring can improve production through improved understanding of reservoir behavior.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Microseismic Fundamentals:  A brief review of seismic theory and discussion on what microseismics can and can’t tell you.
  • Microseismic Monitoring Equipment:  Tool types and deployment options, including downhole, near-surface/surface, and hybrid systems will be discussed, along with the importance of array designs and the pros and cons of various configurations.
  • Case Studies:  Discussion of the practical applications of microseismic interpretation for hydraulic fracturing including answering questions such as:
    • Does more dots = better production?
    • What can microseismics tell you about your completions techniques?
    • The role of geology in fracturing
    • Integrating microseismic results with other data
    • Seismic Moment Tensor Inversion – What can it do for me?  How is it different from fault mechanism analysis?
  • The next step –Where is my production coming from?

 

Lecturer Bio:

Mike Preiksaitis is a Geophysical Specialist with ESG’s global energy services division, where he is a senior resource to processing and reporting teams for hydraulic fracture monitoring projects.   Mike joined ESG in 2011 as a geophysicist and has played an integral role in the growth of ESG’s FRACMAP® services, with tremendous experience in microseismic array design, advanced processing and interpretation.  Mike is a registered professional Geophysicist (P.Geo) and a member of the SEG and CSEG.  He earned his B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Alberta in Canada.  Prior to joining ESG, Mike worked as a geophysical processor at CGG Veritas where he processed conventional 2D/3D seismic data.

 

 

15 Feb 2017 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Crude Oil From a Trader's Perspective - "Follow the Money" Tech Analysis

Lecturer: Jim Bowrowicz

Bio: Jim Borowicz is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of diverse corporate experience in oil and gas operations, natural gas supply acquisition, natural gas storage management and is considered an industry expert with managing commodity risk for for natural gas, crude oil and diesel fuel. Jim has provided advisement services to produces, railroads, natural gas utilities, power generators as well as large industrial consumers throughout the United States and is a regular lecturer/educator to trade groups, and executive committees. Jim has a M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Finance Degree from the University of North Dakota.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Denver Athletic Club

For any dietary restrictions please contact denversection@spemail.org

Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, February 13th

17 Feb 2017 REGISTER

2017 Racquetball Tournament

Date: February 17, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Location: Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver

Cost: $35.00 Members, $20.00 Students

For any questions regarding registration and sponsorship please contact: 

John Arsenault (jarsenault@bayswater.us)

John Berning (john.berning@doverals.com)

Brian Weaver (brian.weaver@libertyfrac.com)

21 Feb 2017 REGISTER

Cont. Ed. | Res. Eng. Aspects and Forecasting Well Prod. in Unconvntl. Resources

The goal of this course is to frame the issues and challenges related to reservoir engineering for unconventional reservoirs. This course provides a comprehensive perspective on methodologies for the diagnosis, analysis, and forecasting of well production data in unconventional resources. 

Instructors: Thomas A. Blasingame, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Texas A&M University

Dilhan Ilk, Ph.D., Vice President and Staff Engineer, Degolyer and MacNaughton

Dates: Tuesday - Wednesday, February 21-22, 2017, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, 321 17th 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: Friday, February 3, 2017


Course Content

This course considers the numerous elements related to the reservoir engineering aspects for unconventional reservoirs. Production analysis and forecasting in unconventional resources are challenging tasks due to the high degree of uncertainty and non-uniqueness associated with evaluating well completion and understanding reservoir properties. This course provides guidelines on the interpretation of data behavior and consistent approach to analyzing and forecasting production in unconventional resources. The course specifically addresses the following topics:

Reservoir Characterization:‚Äč

  • Geology: Defining unconventional / shale reservoir systems
  • Geophysics: Defining the role of seismic and microseismic data in unconventional reservoir development
  • Petrophysics: Correlating porosity and permeability concepts and understanding hydrocarbon maturation
  • Flow Behavior: Scaling effects related to Darcy and Knudsen flow behavior
  • Phase Behavior: Characterizing PVT for "liquids-rich" shale reservoirs

Well Completions / Field Development / Operations: 

  • Stimulation: Identifying current / expected practices, strategies, optimization
  • Data: Collecting analyzing, and interpreting critical data for well performance analysis
  • Production: Highlighting issues in liquid-loading, role of artificial lift, field practices / operations
  • Development: Identifying strategies for field development, well spacing / placement, performance expectations

Analysis of Well Performance:

  • Diagnostics: Identifying well performance characteristics and flow regimes using diagnostic plots
  • RTA: Utilization of time-rate-pressure analysis methods for production data and flow diagnostics
  • PTA: Identifying practical aspects of time-pressure analysis including flow regime diagnostics
  • Modeling: Modeling aspects for unconventionals - practices and the implications of simplified models
  • Reserves: Utilization of time-rate (decline curve) models
  • Parameters: Estimating key reservoir and completion parameters using well performance data
  • Forecasting: Forecasting future performance for various production / completion / development scenarios
  • Workflow: Providing a workflow to help quantify well performance uncertainty

Who Should Attend

Technologist, engineers, and managers involved in evaluating well performance (time-rate-pressure) data for optimizing production, understanding completion efficiency, and estimating reserves and ultimate recoveries. Laptops are required for this course. Participants should have a basic understanding of petroleum engineering terminology and systems.

About the Instructors

Dr. Tom Blasingame, P.E., is a Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas.  He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University — all in Petroleum Engineering.  In teaching and research activities Tom focuses on petrophysics, reservoir engineering, analysis/ interpretation of well performance, and technical mathematics.  Tom is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).  Tom has prepared over 140 technical articles; and has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings.  Tom also served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003, and has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Dilhan Ilk, is a vice president and staff engineer at DeGolyer and MacNaughton in Dallas, Texas.  He holds B.Sc. degree from Istanbul Technical University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University — all in Petroleum Engineering.  In 2010 Dilhan joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton upon completing his graduate studies at Texas A&M University.  Dilhan's interests include analysis of well test and production data, reservoir engineering, and inverse problems.  In particular, Dilhan focuses on well performance analysis in unconventional reservoirs and  has made several contributions to petroleum engineering literature, and to date, he has prepared numerous articles in well test analysis, analysis/interpretation of production data, general reservoir engineering, etc. Dilhan has also presented several industry short courses throughout the world and he regularly serves in program committees at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conferences, forum series and workshops focused on unconventional reservoirs.  He is currently a member of SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics committee.

Registration

The registration deadline is February 3, 2017. 

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 dgobrien@alumni.mines.edu 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 at http://denver.spe.org/.

15 Mar 2017 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | How Can Microfracturing Improve Reservoir Management?

Distinguished Lecturer: Mayank Malik

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Denver Athletic Club

For any dietary restrictions please contact denversection@spemail.org

Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, March 13th

21 Mar 2017 REGISTER

Cont. Ed. | DFIT - The Unconventional Well Test: Theory, Design, and Interpretation

This course will review the theory of fracture-injection / falloff testing, the design of DFITs, and interpretation of DFIT data using both straight-line and type curve methods, illustrated with the North American field examples including horizontal and vertical well DFITs in unconventional reservoirs. Additionally, field examples will be included to show how DFIT interpretations can be used in production data analysis of horizontal wells. 

Instructor:           David P. Craig, Ph.D., P.E., Reservoir Development Consulting

 

Dates:                  Tuesday - Wednesday, March 21-22, 2017, 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: Friday, March 3, 2017


 

Course Content

DFIT – The Unconventional Well Test short course will review the theory of fracture-injection/falloff testing, the design of DFITs, and interpretation of DFIT data using both straight-line and type curve methods. Design and interpretation methods will be illustrated with North American field examples, including horizontal and vertical well DFITs in unconventional reservoirs. Additionally, field examples will be included to show how DFIT interpretations can be used in production data analysis of horizontal wells.

 

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for petroleum, production and completion engineers, geologists and field operation staff who are familiar with the fracturing process and interested in advanced hydraulic fracturing design, treatment and interpretation.  Laptops are required for this course.

 

About the Instructor

Dr. David P. Craig, P.E. is owner and a consultant for DFITpro.com/Reservoir Development Company where he developed a method for identifying the number of producing fractures in a multi-fractured horizontal well and developed a process for identifying, evaluating, and stimulating bypassed or ineffectively-stimulated zones in oil or gas wells. Dr. Craig earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1989, an MS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1991, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.

 

Dr. Craig formerly worked as a Chief Engineer with Halliburton where he developed reservoir engineering technology and a prototype mathematical model for analyzing complex hydraulic fracture patterns. Dr. Craig is also the inventor listed on 10 United States patents or patent applications—5 patents relate specifically to DFIT design, implementation, and interpretation methods. Dr. Craig has also written and presented 11 papers on DFIT methods since 1999. Dr. Craig was awarded the Henry Matson Technical Service Award from the Denver Section of SPE in "recognition of significant contributions in engineering design and diagnostics of hydraulic fractures," and in 2006 Dr. Craig received the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research from the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University.

 

Registration

The registration deadline is March 3, 2017. 

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 dgobrien@alumni.mines.edu 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 at http://denver.spe.org/.

26 Apr 2017 REGISTER

Cont. Ed. | Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

This course builds on content of a new text, Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, co-authored by Dr. Christiansen and Dr. John R. Fanchi and published by Wiley in 2016. The intent of the text and the course is to introduce engineers and non-engineers to tools and methods used by petroleum engineers to produce oil and gas resources. Going beyond verbal descriptions, participants will work with important concepts and relationships at an introductory level. Participants will receive copies of the text.

Instructor: Richard L. Christiansen, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, University of Utah

 

Dates: Wednesday - Thursday, April 26-27, 2017, 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: Friday, April 7th, 2017

 


 

Course Content

Topics include:

 

  • Basics: fluid and rock properties, oil and gas in place; elements of geology
  • Drilling: vertical, directional, horizontal, and off-shore
  • Well logging
  • Completions
  • Surface facilities from well-head to refinery
  • Well testing
  • Evaluation of production performance
  • Reservoir performance: conventional and unconventional; reserve estimates

 

Who Should Attend

For engineers and non-engineers working, or interested, in the petroleum industry, this course will help them grasp the language and concepts of petroleum engineering. Laptops are required for this course.

 

About the Instructor

Dr. Richard L. Christiansen, is Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah with 30-plus years of experience in the oil industry. He taught courses in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines for 16 years. He has worked for large and small oil companies. He is co-author with Dr. John R. Fanchi of Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (Wiley, 2016).

 

 

Registration

The registration deadline is April 7, 2017. 

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 dgobrien@alumni.mines.edu 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 at http://denver.spe.org/.

19 Jan 2017

Completions / Reservoir Study Group

Empirical Justification for Refrac and Reentry in the Bakken/Three Forks Play

Time and Location:

January 19th , Thursday

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Halliburton

1125 17th Street, Suite 1900

19th Floor Training Room

Bring your own lunch

Speaker:

William Ruhle

Abstract:

The horizontal Bakken/Three Forks play of the Williston basin has a long standing history of recompletion dating back to the late 1980s. Primary recovery factors in the single to teen values leave a vast amount of oil in place for added recovery if economical. Poor well performance can be attributed to many causes—engineering hindsight suggests substandard fracture treatments and completion techniques are common factors. Additionally, laboratory and historical data suggests that propped fractures can lose connectivity within the intended life-span of a well. Refracturing is not a new technique within the industry; however, predictable and repeatable results have limited the application in most unconventional plays.

Methods, including mechanical isolation and chemical diversion, have been tested. To realize the production potential of such projects, a dataset was constructed from public and proprietary sources to analyze wells. The recompletion techniques applied vary; and discrete subcategories of well refracturing, reentry, and remediation are used to delineate the economic potential of such projects.

In many cases, production rates have been increased with similar decline rates, resulting in added production to the life of the wells. Predicting the well performance after a recompletion is a multifarious challenge. History matching of dimensionless rate-time parameters and analysis of the reservoir flow regimes are used to qualify trends in empirical data. Geological and completion influences that improve new well production are not necessarily dependable to predict recompletion performance. Superior refrac designs require considerations that are not customary to new well completions.

Speaker Biography:

William Ruhle is a member of Halliburton’s Rocky Mountain Technical Team with expertise in well completions and hydraulic fracturing. For most of his career he has worked in unconventional plays including tight gas, shale and CBM. He is an active member of SPE and has authored and coauthored multiple publications on the subject of refracturing in North America shale plays.

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