Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing - AHF
Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Steve Metcalf
This advanced course is designed for those who have a practical understanding of the applications of hydraulic fracturing and want to expand their knowledge. The course provides the details and discussion of fracturing concepts usually accepted or assumed in fracturing applications. The strengths and limitations of various approaches to fracturing treatment design are also covered. Attendees should leave the advanced course with a better understanding of the hydraulic fracturing process and how it relates to post-frac well performance, after working on real fracturing cases design and analysis throughout the course.
For the virtual session, course hours will be 08:00-12:00 Central US time (GMT-5:00) Monday through Friday over the two weeks.
"The instructor has a great enthusiasm for teaching. He has a lot of knowledge, and is very willing to pass it on." - Production Engineer
"I think time was devoted well to all subjects. Practical applications, examples, knowledge of instructor. This class was great, I can't think of any improvements." - Operations Engineer
Production, operations, and completions engineers who are actively involved in hydraulic fracturing applications and desire a more in-depth understanding of hydraulic fracturing theory and applied concepts. It is designed for engineers that have some fracturing experience or those who have already attended the PetroSkills Intermediate level Hydraulic Fracturing Applications course.
You Will Learn:
- Better understand rock properties and rock mechanics related to fracturing applications
- Better understand fracturing fluid mechanics and proppant transport
- More effectively design fracturing treatments through better understanding of factors influencing hydraulic fracturing applications
- Use pre-frac injection test data and real-time fracturing treatment data in fracturing applications to define fracture parameters and improve frac treatment design
- Consider factors influencing post-frac fracture conductivity and well cleanup
- Realize the strengths and limitations of existing hydraulic fracturing technology and fracture models
- Expand fracturing applications to fit a wider range of reservoir types and conditions
- Rock properties and fracture mechanics related to the fracturing process
- Fracturing fluid mechanics
- Proppant transport
- Pre-frac injection test analysis
- Fracture closure
- Fracture monitoring and fracture measurement
- Fluid leak-off
- Re-fracturing considerations
- Review of existing fracture modeling software
- Evaluation of post-frac well performance
MR. STEVE METCALF has worked in the petroleum industry for approximately 40 years in both service and operating companies in Texas and Oklahoma. Within his career, he held various research and engineering positions, including 11 years in Acid Research. With Baker Hughes, he held the position of Senior Engineering Advisor with a primary focus in Production Enhancement. He also spent nearly seven years as the Technical Manager in the Permian Basin area for Baker Hughes US Land Pressure Pumping in Midland, TX. In addition to facilitating a variety of top tier, engaging learning events for PetroSkills, Steve owns an independent consulting company, Dead Branch Consulting LLC. Mr. Metcalf has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, with a double minor in Mathematics and Physics from Emporia State University. He also has a Master's of Science Degree in Physical Chemistry from Kansas State University. Steve is a Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer in Oklahoma since 1988, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1977, and has co-authored over 60 papers in the areas of cementing, acidizing, and fracturing. In addition, Mr. Metcalf is an inventor and co-inventor on six US patents.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the
numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
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Address P.O. Box 35448, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74153-0448, U.S.A