Unconventional Resources Completion and Stimulation - URCS

Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering / Unconventional Resources
Level: Foundation
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Mr. Larry K. Britt


Related courses
Production Operations 1 - PO1
Completions and Workovers - CAW
Hydraulic Fracturing Applications - HFU
Evaluating and Developing Shale Resources - SRE
About the course Designed For You will learn Course Content
About the course
Horizontal wells have become the industry standard for unconventional and tight formation gas reservoirs. Because these reservoirs have poorer quality pay, it takes a good, well-planned completion and fracture stimulation(s) to make an economic well. Even in a sweet spot in the unconventional and tight gas reservoir, good completion and stimulation practices are required; otherwise, a marginal or uneconomic well will result. But what are good completion and stimulation practices in horizontal wells in these unconventional reservoirs? What are the objectives of horizontal wells and how do we relate the completion and stimulation(s) to achieving these goals? How many completions/stimulations do we need for best well performance and/or economics? How do we maximize the value from the horizontal wells? When should a horizontal well be drilled longitudinally or transverse? These are just a few questions to be addressed during this course. This course will focus on some of the key elements of well completions and stimulation practices as they apply to horizontal wells in tight and unconventional reservoirs. Optimization studies will be shown and used to highlight the importance of lateral length, number of fractures, inter-fracture distance, fracture half-length, and fracture conductivity. These results will be used to discuss the various completion choices such as cased and cemented, open hole with external casing packers, and open hole pump and pray techniques. This course also will address key risks to horizontal wells and develop risk mitigation strategies so that project economics can be maximized. In addition, tight and unconventional gas field case studies will be used to illustrate the application of these design, optimization, and risk mitigation strategies for horizontal wells in tight and unconventional gas reservoirs.


"I appreciated the problems. This tested the learning that we gained. Great approach to test knowledge learned. Instructor is very well versed and his depth and breadth of knowledge was good." - Reservoir Engineer


"Very thorough overview of the entirety of the completion/stimulation process. Great course!" - Reservoir Engineer


Designed For
Petroleum and production engineers, completion engineers, stimulation engineers, geologists, managers, technical supervisors, service and support personnel.
You will learn
How To:
  • Use key multi-disciplinary tools for successful completions and stimulations in unconventional resources
  • Understand the importance of geo-mechanics and rock mechanics to the success of transverse multiple fractured horizontal wells in unconventional resources
  • Understand unconventional resource play completion options and selection processes
  • Apply principals and design of well stimulation treatments in unconventional resources
  • Employ critical data needs and collection techniques with minimal operational impact
Course Content
  • Geo-mechanics: what makes an unconventional shale reservoir prospective
  • Introduction to the completions and multiple fracture stimulated horizontal wells
  • Horizontal well objectives in Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Basis of fracture design in horizontal wells
  • Horizontal well stimulation objectives
  • Completion planning for horizontal wells
  • Horizontal well risks and risk mitigation strategies
  • Horizontal well case histories