Surface Water Management in Unconventional Resource Plays - SWM

Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering / Unconventional Resources
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Mr. Aaron Horn


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
Water management in unconventional resource plays has become a critical topic to the oil and gas industry in the last decade. In order to establish and implement an optimized water management plan for hydraulic fracturing operations, operators and service companies need an understanding of a broad array of subjects, including water chemistry, systems modeling, water treatment technology, the regulatory landscape, and best practices for field operations. This course first establishes a foundation of knowledge regarding water awareness, water chemistry, fluid dynamics, and water analysis tools. Upon this foundation the course will build a model for optimizing water management in support of hydraulic fracturing operations, providing reviews of best practices and the latest industry technology, while always considering key stakeholders. This course is designed for the practitioner; for the people who will design and implement all or part of a water management plan in unconventional resource plays.
Production, completion, operations, and surface facilities engineers; operations managers, logistics coordinators, field superintendents; any personnel involved in establishing, improving, or supervising the implementation of an organization's water management plan; personnel in service organizations seeking a more thorough understanding of the water system in unconventional resource plays.
How To:
  • Design and implement a water management plan for an unconventional resource play
  • Assess the regional hydrological cycle in the operational area
  • Adopt emerging best practices regarding water management?
  • Establish a water sampling and analysis program
  • Design and run a water treatment technology pilot test
  • Find the lowest cost solution for sourcing fluid for hydraulic fracturing operations
  • Select a water treatment technology for a project
  • Manage the primary service/equipment providers critical to water management
  • Establish basic water quality requirements necessary for frac fluid
  • Build a water management plan that complies with regulations
  • Build a water management cost model to use as a tool to optimize a water management plan
  • Global water awareness and the oil and gas industry's impact
  • Flowback and produced fluid
  • Basic water chemistry focused on oilfield concerns
  • Water quality considerations for hydraulic fracturing operations
  • Water sampling and analysis, in the field and in the lab
  • Water treatment for reuse and recycling programs
  • Acquisition, storage, transportation, disposal, and treatment of water
  • Holistic field water management
  • Regulations applicable to water management
  • Water management system cost modeling