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Shale Fracturing: The Geology and Technology that Sustained the Boom

February 19, 2016

Hear perspectives on the geology and technology that sustained the boom in shale fracturing from Dr. Jon Olson, Dr. Mukul Sharma, and Dr. Zoya Heidari with the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

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Course # EN16093
Date(s) February 19, 2016
Time(s) 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Central Standard Time
Instructor(s) Dr. Jon Olson, Dr. Mukul Sharma, Dr. Zoya Heidari
Fee(s)

Registration Fee (with CEU verification): $25.00
Registration Fee (without CEU verification): Free

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Webinar Overview

Join CPGE on Friday, February 19, at noon for a free webinar to hear perspectives on the geology and technology that sustained the boom in shale fracturing from Dr. Jon Olson, Dr. Mukul Sharma, and Dr. Zoya Heidari with the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

Horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas production in the United States over the past decade. We give an overview of some of the geologic and geo-mechanical aspects of fracturing in shales. In particular we look at hydraulic fracture / natural fracture interaction, stress shadow effects that impact simultaneous fracture propagation from adjacent perforation clusters in horizontal wells, and the advances in proppants and novel frac fluid formulations. We conclude by weighing the environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing with the benefits society has derived from the application of the technology.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the modes of rock failure pertinent to hydraulic fracturing
  • Gain perspective on the range of possible hydraulic fracture geometry by looking at natural fracture patterns and scaled hydraulic fracture lab experiments
  • Optimizing pad fracturing: Selecting well spacing and stage spacing
  • Fracture design in pad fracturing applications
  • Other advances in fracturing: fluids and proppants
  • The risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing

Prerequisites: No prerequisites needed

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