Hydraulic Fracturing Applications - HFU
Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Steve Metcalf, Subhash Shah
The course reviews the basic concepts of hydraulic fracturing and the broad applications of the technique. Fracturing technology benefits and limitations in all types of sandstone and carbonate reservoirs are explained. It considers the critical components of the fracturing process, and it expands on the steps and data input requirements to effectively select stimulation candidates, plan, design, and implement hydraulic fracturing treatments. The use of modeling as an important tool to design and analyze treatments, how it can be effectively used in practical applications, and its limitations are explained. In addition to the technical presentation, the course contains many practical exercises and class problems based on case histories.
"Enjoyed coverage of current events and trends - slickwater fracs, shales, etc." - Engineering Manager, United States
"I liked that we learned in detail about surface treating pressure and all 5 of its components. It will now be easier to interrupt frac post job reports." - Completions Engineer
Production, reservoir, and drilling engineers, and others who have a basic understanding of hydraulic fracturing and need to enhance their knowledge about fracturing concepts and applications.
You Will Learn:
- Identify what are the data requirements and steps to implement to properly design hydraulic fracturing treatments
- Evaluate and select stimulation candidates, and apply hydraulic fracturing concepts to various types of reservoir conditions to optimize well productivity
- Recognize opportunities for substantial production improvements by application of effective hydraulic fracturing treatments
- Collect pertinent well data and information to plan, design, implement, and evaluate fracturing treatments for the most common types of reservoirs
- Realize the strengths and limitations of hydraulic fracturing theory as it relates to field applications
- Become an active participant in the different phases of typical hydraulic fracturing treatments
- Introduction to the fracturing process and mechanics
- Fracture design concepts and methodologies
- Fracturing fluid additives and proppant
- Strengths and limitations of fracturing applications
- Production increase
- Factors involved in field implementation
- Acid vs. proppant fracturing
- Frac packing concepts
- Waterfracing concepts
- Horizontal well fracturing
- QA/QC of fracturing treatments
- Methods to evaluate fracturing treatment success
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.
DR. SUBHASH N. SHAH is the Stephenson Chair Professor and Director of the Well Construction Technology Center at the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He has a distinguished career in the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry for over 35 years 18 years in industry predominantly with Halliburton Energy Services and 17 years in academia. He enjoys teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises students' research leading to masters and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering (PE). He directs a well-established center to conduct PE research and collaborates with several industry partners. He travels world-wide to deliver lectures and to provide consulting services to the O&G industry. He has authored over 250 technical papers in more than 20 international journals. His areas of expertise include onshore/offshore drilling, stimulation, well completions, and the emerging technologies of horizontal wells and coiled tubing. He is a Chairman of ISO 13503 Procedure for Friction Pressure Measurements, and serves on the Editorial Boards of SPE since 1984, Petroleum Science since 2006 and International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology since 2006. He has been well-recognized by his peers and is a recipient of numerous industry and academic awards. He has a BS from the MS University of Baroda as well as an MS and PhD from the University of New Mexico, all in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered licensed professional engineer.
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.
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