SPEI: Hydraulic Fracturing - A Concise Overview

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This course includes the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing along with addressing the general process, the terminology, and many of the real-world problems—in a concise format. The overall emphasis is how hydraulic fracturing fits-in with, is impacted by, or impacts geologic concerns, reservoir engineering, and operations. It will provide a general familiarity with fundamentals of the complete hydraulic fracturing process. That is, why it works (or doesn’t), where is it applicable, and what to consider in order to improve.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction—What is fracturing?
  • Reservoir engineering aspects of fracturing
  • What fracturing can do
  • What type of fracture you want
  • Fracturing

At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand:

  • Impact of geologic environment
  • Major fracture variables such as creating the fracture you want
  • Candidate Selection with discrete “candidate recognition” examples
  • Fracturing Materials
  • Diagnostics—How you know you’ve achieved your goal

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should Attend

The course will introduce the basic concepts and terminology of hydraulic fracturing, enabling you to intelligently discuss the potential applications to your well. For geologists and geophysicists, it will provide an ability to recognize very early in the evaluation process the potential for fracturing to improve potential target formations, as well as learning what types of formations make the best targets for fracture stimulation.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for engineering managers, geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers desiring general information about the process, and what it can do for them. It is also intended as a general review for petroleum engineers with knowledge or experience in fracturing, but no current active involvement.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/8 hours) awarded for this 1-day course.

Location: SPEI Houston Training Center
10777 Westheimer Rd., Suite 1075
Houston , TX 77042

Date: Sept. 4, 2014, 8 a.m. - Sept. 4, 2014, 5 p.m.