Webinar: Shale Fracturing: The Geology And Technology That Sustained The Boom

Thank you to Drs Olson, Sharma & Heidari for a great webinar!   

Listen to the webinar from February 19, 2016     Download the 2/19/16 Presentation slides

Horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas production in the United States over the past decade.  We give an overview of some of the geologic and geo-mechanical aspects of fracturing in shales.  In particular we look at hydraulic fracture / natural fracture interaction, stress shadow effects that impact simultaneous fracture propagation from adjacent perforation clusters in horizontal wells, and the advances in proppants and novel frac fluid formulations. We conclude by weighing the environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing with the benefits society has derived from the application of the technology.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the modes of rock failure pertinent to hydraulic fracturing
  • Gain perspective on the range of possible hydraulic fracture geometry by looking at natural fracture patterns and scaled hydraulic fracture lab experiments
  • Optimizing pad fracturing: Selecting well spacing and stage spacing
  • Fracture design in pad fracturing applications
  • Other advances in fracturing: fluids and proppants
  • The risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing



When: Friday, February 19, Noon - 1pm   Click here to register

Where: https://meeting.austin.utexas.edu/shale_021916/

Cost: Free

.1 CEU available ($25 fee applies for CEU award)

Jon Olson Jon E. Olson, presenter, is a Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been on the faculty since 1995.  Olson’s research interests include propagation modeling of hydraulic fractures, the interaction of hydraulic and natural fractures, natural fracture characterization, and other reservoir geomechanics topics.  Olson has authored or co-authored more than 80 technical papers and holds 1 patent.  He holds BS degrees in civil engineering and earth sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in geomechanics from Stanford University.  Olson is a member of SPE and was a 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecturer.
Mukul Sharma Mukul M. Sharma, presenter, is Professor and holds the “Tex” Moncrief Chair in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he has been for the past 30 years. He served as Chairman of the Department from 2001 to 2005. His current research interests include hydraulic fracturing, oilfield water management, formation damage and improved oil recovery. He has published more than 300 journal articles and conference proceedings and has 15 patents. He founded Austin Geotech Services an E&P consulting company in 1996 and co-founded Layline Petroleum and Karsu Petroleum private E&P companies in 2006. Sharma has a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MS and PhD in chemical and petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.



Among his many awards, Dr. Sharma is the recipient of the 2009 Lucas Gold Medal, SPE’s highest technical award. He is also the recipient of the 2004 SPE Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2002 Lester C. Uren Award and the 1998 SPE Formation Evaluation Award. He served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2002, has served on the Editorial Boards of many journals, and taught and consulted for industry worldwide.
Zoya Heidari Zoya Heidari, host, is an assistant professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining The University of Texas at Austin, she was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University in College Station and the Chevron Corporation faculty fellow in Petroleum Engineering from September 2011 to August 2015.  Zoya has been the founder and the director of the Texas A&M Joint Industry Research Program on “Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation of Unconventional and Carbonate Reservoirs” from 2012 to 2015, sponsored by Aramco Services Company, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Devon Energy.



She received a Ph.D. (2011) in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Zoya is one of the recipients of the 2014 TEES (Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station) Select Young Faculty Fellows award from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and the 2012 SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award. She was also one of the recipients of the 2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award. Zoya has supervised fifteen graduate students since 2011 and published more than 75 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests include Petrophysics, Borehole Geophysics, Well Logging, Formation Evaluation, Rock Physics, Inverse Problems, Integrated Reservoir Characterization of Carbonates and Unconventional Resources, Statistical Inference in Geosciences, and Completion Petrophysics.