D274 Unconventional Resource Engineering for Geoscientists

Event Facts

  • 20 Jul. 2021
  • 21 Jul. 2021
  • 22 Jul. 2021
  • 27 Jul. 2021
  • 28 Jul. 2021
  • 29 Jul. 2021
Half-day sessions, starting in the mornings for the Americas and afternoons for Europe, Africa and Middle East. Any variation to this will be communicated in advance.
Event Code:
6 sessions
Yucel Akkutlu
Booking Status:
Good Availability
USD $2,790 (Exclusive of tax)

Course Facts

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


This course introduces geoscientists to the terminology and practices of the drilling, completion, and reservoir engineers with whom they interact on multi-disciplinary unconventional resource evaluation teams. It also discusses future directions in unconventional resource engineering.

This course will help you improve business performance by developing a solid understanding of unconventional resource engineering concepts and terminology, as well as improving your technical communication with the engineers in your team.

Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom course divided into 6 webinar sessions, comprising lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises to be completed by participants during and between sessions.

Participants will learn to:
  1. Illustrate the drilling, completion, and stimulation technologies applied to unconventional projects.
  2. Explain the sampling procedures adopted by reservoir engineers.
  3. Demonstrate how resource estimates, production forecasts, and economic evaluations are generated for these plays.
  4. Analyze the water demand and disposal issues associated with stimulation of unconventional reservoirs.
  5. Examine the impact of unconventional projects on air quality.
  6. Illustrate future trends in development of unconventional plays.
  7. Understand and predict the hydrocarbon phase change in reservoirs.
  • Introduction
    • Overview of unconventional resources
    • Geological and geochemical considerations for resource shales
  • Drilling, completion, and stimulation technologies
    • Horizontal well drilling
    • Multi-stage hydraulic fracturing
    • Micro-seismic monitorin
  • Sampling and laboratory measurements for shale
    • Sampling techniques and field measurements of fluid content
    • Porosity and pore size measurements
    • Permeability measurements
    • Storage and flow characteristics of resource shales
    • Pore size considerations for hydrocarbon storage and transport
    • Multi-phase flow in tight formations
  • Reservoir engineering
    • The five reservoir fluids
    • Pressure transient regimes in hydraulically-fractured horizontal wells
    • Hydrocarbon recovery from kerogen pores
    • Volumetric calculations for natural gas reservoiurs
    • Material balance for natural gas reservoirs
    • Fracture Net Present Value (NPV) and Discounted Return on Investment (DROI) calculations
    • Decline curve analysis using Arp's equation
    • Estimated ultimate recovery of production well
  • Future directions in unconventional resource engineering
    • New trends in drilling and completion technologies
    • Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery technologies for shale
    • Environment

Who should attend

The course is intended for non-engineering technical professionals and managers assigned to unconventional resource projects who want to understand the role of the engineer in these projects.

Prerequisites and linking courses

Familiarity with unconventional plays would be an advantage but is not essential.

Additional insight into engineering aspects of unconventional plays at a Basic Application level is presented in N313 (Evaluating Resource Plays: The Geology and engineering of Low Permeability Oil and Gas Reservoirs), which addresses shale oil and gas, tight oil and CBM.  Further details of the extensive

Nautilus Training Alliance coverage of unconventional resource topics may be found on our website.

Yucel Akkutlu

Dr. Yucel Akkutlu is Rob L. Adams ’40 Professor in Petroleum Engineering and William Keeler faculty fellow at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He previously worked as a faculty for the University of Oklahoma, USA, and University of Alberta, Canada. He is a chemical engineer and received Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in petroleum reservoir engineering, petrophysics, and physical sciences.

His research focuses on characterization and exploitation of unconventional oil and gas resources, enhanced oil recovery, and oilfield chemistry. He has written more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, six book chapters, and has four patents. He is the author of “Nano-confined Petroleum Recovery from Source Rocks,” which will be published in 2020. He has received over $3 million in external research funding during the last 10 years from sources such as the US Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the unconventional oil and gas industry.

He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He was the executive editor of the SPE Journal 2013-2016. He was 2014-15 SPE distinguished lecturer. He received 2020 SPE International Lester C. Uren award, 2017 TAMU-Association of Former Students teaching award, 2016 TAMU-Association of Former Students distinguished achievement award, and 2015 AIME Rossiter W. Raymond memorial award. Akkutlu served in various SPE, EAGE, and NSERC committees.

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University of Southern California - Petroleum Engineering
MSc University of Southern California - Petroleum Engineering
BSc Hacettepe University - Chemical Engineering

Courses Taught
N274: Unconventional Resource Engineering for Geoscientists
N279: Geological Characterization and Engineering of Unconventional Oil and Gas Shales: Classroom and Field Seminar (Oklahoma, USA)
N484: Resource Management for Unconventional Oil and Gas Plays
N956: Enhanced Oil Recovery using CO2: Techniques, Practices and Simulation
N973: Reservoir Engineering for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Reservoirs
N989: Rate and Pressure Transient Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs
RM01: Fundamentals of Unconventional Reservoir Engineering for Earth Scientists

Alternative Dates for this Course

I Really enjoyed the distance learning course option. Obviously we are in strange times right now, but I would probably still choose a distance learning option even if it were safe to travel.