D647 Shale & Tight Oil for Technical Professionals

Course Facts

Course Code:
3 days
Virtual Classroom
2.4 Continuing Education Units
24 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This live webinar provides a convenient interactive platform for reviewing the latest technical evaluation and development techniques for shale and tight reservoirs.

Published articles and ongoing analysis indicates some practical evaluation and quality control techniques are being over-looked as more of the production correlation and target selection efforts shift to specialized software applications. As a result, the course will emphasize simple methods that provide valuable and timely interpretations.  

The course material is equally split between geoscientific and engineering topics to assist technical team members in speaking the same language while developing integrated solutions.

The webinar is presented in five 3.5-hour segments conducted over a one-week period. Most modules require participants spend fifteen to thirty minutes offline completing example problems or case studies.

Duration and Training Method

This is a virtual  course with lectures, examples and exercises. Participants will earn 2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) or 24 PDHs (Professional Development Hours).

Participants will learn to:

  1. Rank-order key reservoir properties for successful shale development.
  2. Define how production correlates to completion and hydraulic fracturing options.
  3. Assess the geologic features that create sweet spots and development tiers.
  4. Review the degree of certainty in the most common evaluation techniques.
  5. Quantify and characterize hydrocarbon volumes in various shale plays using pyrolysis, maturity, absorption, adsorption and source rock kinetic concepts.
  6. Identify factors altering hydraulic fracturing objectives and effectiveness.
  7. Define unique and misunderstood concepts applied in unconventional analysis.
  8. Understand how to define the appropriate fracture spacing and well spacing.
  9. Analyze and quality-check pyrograms, isotherms, desorption data, and log data.
  10. Review methods for properly forecasting rates and recoveries for shale. 
  11. List the recent and emerging technologies and their potential benefits.
  12. Evaluate case studies to define the unique attributes of selected shale plays.

Module One

  • Introduction
  • Source Rock Essentials
    • Source Rock Types       
    • Textbook Shale
    • TOC Analysis
  • Depositional Settings
    • Organic Variability       
    • Anoxia and Turbidites
  • Storage and Flow Potential      
    • Porosity Cut-offs  
    • Phi-K Relationships       
    • Recovery Factors
  • Terminology Review
  • Wet Gas Concepts    
    • Barrels Oil Equivalent   
    • Revenue Analysis
  • Key Shale Concepts
  • Case Study

Module Two

  • Organic Maturity 
    • Hydrocarbon Windows 
    • Maturity Indicators
  • Organic Transformation      
    • Type III Gas Generation 
    • Transformation Indicators
  • Terminology Review
  • Geochemistry
    • Source Rock Kinetics 
    • Isotopic Analysis
  • Illitization
  • Electric Log Considerations
    • Core Calibration
    • Spectral GR
    • Analysis Limitations
  • Gas Content Testing
  • Gas Adsorption and Absorption
    • Isotherms
    • Recoverable GIP
  • Case Study

Module Three

  • S1 Core Analysis
  • S2 & Tmax
    • Shortcomings
  • Advance Pyrolysis
    • Test Analysis
    • Quality Control
  • Over-Pressure
  • Seismic Attributes
  • Development Process
    • Reservoir Target Quality
    • Sweet Spots
    • Quick-look Economics
  • Production Forecasting
    • Forecasting Options
    • Decline Curve Options
  • Shale Oil vs. Shale Gas Review
  • Case Study

Module Four

  • Hydraulic Fracturing Objectives
  • Fracture Mechanics
    • Brittleness Indexes
    • Fracture Growth
  • Fracturing Equipment
    • Step Rate Analysis
  • Treatment Monitoring
  • Treatment Stages
    • Stage Construction
  • Quick-look Frac Design
    • Proppant Number Analysis
  • Insitu Stress
    • Terzaghi Analysis
  • Case Study


Module Five

  • Natural Fractures
    • Flexure and Corridor Analysis
    • Fracture Rotation
  • Completion Factors
    • Production Correlations
    • Bakken and EF Analysis
  • Frac Fluid Additives
  • Frac Evolution in Horizontals
  • Multi-Stage Technology
    • Selecting Frac Spacing
    • Treatment Types
  • Completion Options
  • Re-Fracs
  • Course Review



Who should attend

Why You Should Attend?

The course will provide participants a solid technical foundation for evaluating and developing shale and tight oil & gas reservoirs. Emphasis will be placed on geoscientific and engineering concepts that are unique to these plays.


Who Should Attend?

The course is intended for those working in the oil & gas industry who are interested in learning more about the technology and challenges for unconventional reservoir evaluation and development. This includes engineers, geoscientists, technical support staff, academics, supervisors, and service industry representatives.

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Steve Hennings