2019 Short Course

AM & PM Sessions

2nd Draft Outline for a One-day Fracturing Short Course – CO2 & ROZ Conference

Dec 11th, 2019

(as of October 18, 2019)

 Short Description of Course:  Are you wondering or frustrated with sour oil and gas production where it should be sweet?  Are your wells making poorer oil cuts than your neighbor’s wells?  This one-day short course is the culmination of years of work on understanding the critical roles that fractures play in oil and gas extraction and flooding.  The understandings have accelerated rapidly with the insights coming to industry from the horizontal well revolution. Combining those with the biochemical process awareness from residual oil zone studies makes this the perfect time for this multi-discipline short course subject.

An outstanding lineup of speakers has been recruited to lay out the important science and engineering principles involved in commercial effects* of transmissive fractures.  Those topics will be followed by several actual case histories from the Permian & San Juan Basins, the Gulf Coast and Eagle Ford plays.  Parallels to other basins and oil and gas plays will be addressed in the panel discussion at the end of the day.

Effects such as sour oil in sweet oil plays, anomalously high water cuts, inability to pump off laterals, abnormally low methane gas concentrations, fracture architecture, induced seismicity, and others will be addressed…


I. Introduction to the Course and the New Age of Horizontal Wells & Resource Plays Melzer
II. Fracture Keynoter: Relationships Between Fractures/Faults and Production View the Abstract for this Presentation Here John Lorenz*
III. Studies of Fractures & Faults; Induced and Natural and their Implications
for Primary Production, Waterflooding and EOR
Richard Baker**
IV. Detection Tools (1) pre-drill, 2) drilling and 3) production
a. Outcrop Studies, Tectonic Reconstruction Subsurface Mapping, Seismic Surveys
b. Mud logs, Thru Pipe Logging, Logging While Tripping, Cased Hole Logging, Pason Totco Data, Core Analyses
c. Produced Oil and Water Property Data, Tracer Data
Catered Lunch and Guest Speaker To Be Announced
V. Tectonics, Mapping Trends/Fault/Fracture Zones (PB Example) Trentham (UTPB) /Melzer
VI. Case History #1: Carbonate ROZ (San Andres #1) – Central Basin Platform Melzer
VII. Case History #2: Gulf Coast Offshore Tip Meckle (UT BEG)
VIII. Case History #3: Fault-Controlled Production in the San Juan Basin View the Abstract for this Presentation Here Scott Cooper*** & Bruce S. Hart (Equinor)
IX. Case History #4: Shale Wells (Delaware Basin) Jetta Operating
X. Miscellaneous Observations and Where Studies Should Go from Here? A Panel (all Speakers)
XI. Wrap-up and Adjourn to the Petroleum Museum for Reception
* FractureStudies.com and former President, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
** Worldwide Reservoir Engineering Consultant, Calgary, Alberta
*** FractureStudies.com, Edgewood, NM

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