Advanced Practices in Exploration and Development of Unconventional Resources - EDUR

Discipline: Geophysics / Unconventional Resources
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Mr. Peter Bartok


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
In this course, participants will learn and practice the techniques used by various disciplines to evaluate unconventional resources. The objective is to understand the significance and limits of the various tools in order to optimize integration, improve communication, and allow for greater efficiency in follow-up projects. In addition to covering the techniques, many of the exercises and problems use data from active producing unconventional basins. Several spreadsheets are provided to allow for quick look reviews.
Geoscientists, engineers, and managers who need an enhanced understanding of assessment techniques for unconventional resources and how to integrate them.
  • How to use engineering and geoscience methods to analyze unconventional well data
  • To reduce risk by understanding the strengths and limitations of various assessment tools
  • How to effectively collect and integrate data from multiple sources
  • The essential functions of each key discipline in order to become a valuable member of the integrated team, contributing and communicating effectively
  • Introduction to shale classification, mineralogy, physical and chemical attributes
  • Determining porosity, permeability, and water saturation in unconventional reservoirs
  • Biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, and anoxia in unconventional reservoirs
  • Petrophysical and geophysical techniques in unconventional reservoirs; rock physics and brittleness
  • Geochemistry, kerogen typing, thermal effects, and reserve estimation
  • Physical parameters affecting unconventional resources: capillary properties, pressure, seal capacity, etc.
  • Using global and regional stress maps
  • Application of the Mohr circle
  • Determination of frac gradients
  • Leak-Off Test (Minifrac) and microseismic
  • Water disposal and aquifer contamination
  • Economic evaluation of unconventional reservoirs
  • Volumetric assessment considering free and adsorbed gas
  • Risk assessment, common risk segment (CRS) analysis