Register Today - Upcoming Course December 8-11, 2018

Frac School


About the Event

Frac School is renowned for its balanced presentation of both the theoretical and the practical. This class introduces hydraulic fracturing in a truly unique learning environment. The focus of the course is, perceptibly, on fracturing: the universal process for Shale and Conventional plays, rock properties/log analysis, regulatory issues, and specifics of propping agents, frac fluids, and forced closure. This course is ideal for Financial Advisors, Sales Professionals (propants, frac fluids, safety equipment), and Reservoir, Production, or Operations Engineers serving on multidisciplinary asset teams. Registration to Frac School 2018 includes lunch as well as the course materials loaded onto an electronic tablet for attendees to keep.

Unconventional Thinking or Myths about hydraulic fracturing:

Myth: "Hydraulic Fracturing with proppant will not work in Carbonate Reservoirs"; "Fracture volume and amount of proppant should be a function of net pay"?
Unconventional Thinking but True: Due to the lack of significant barriers to frac height growth, optimization of propped length has very little to do with net pay. If a zone is low permeability and is very thin it may not be economically feasible to design a treatment to properly drain the reservoir.  Myths about "Fracking" will be challenged and put to rest by the experts in petroleum engineering and hydraulic fracturing. Thousands of successful treatments have been conducted in carbonate reservoirs. Many of the problems in stimulating carbonate reservoirs, particularly deep reservoirs, are due to near well bore tortuosity which can be diagnosed and cured with modern technology. Better understanding of well spacing, fracture modeling, flowback and how interfaces in rock layers impact landing points and fracture design is key to reaching that next level of recovery in unconventional  and conventional reservoirs. We have the experts to teach innovation and the facts behind how it works.

Overview from the class material:

• Motivation for Fracturing
• Physical Model of Fracturing and Rock Mechanics
• Field Implementation Calculations
• Proppants Testing
• Fluid Testing
• Well Design
• Zonal Isolation for Fracturing


About the Instructors

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Dr. Stuart Scott

Dr. Scott is currently the Director of Technology for Petroleum Emerging Technology Corporation (Petroleum ETC).  From 2008-2016, he managed the Shell Deepwater Artificial Lift Technology Program and served several years as the Artificial Lift / Pumping Principal Technical Expert (PTE) for Shell globally.  Before coming to Shell, Scott held the Bethancourt Professorship of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, was a faculty member at Louisiana State University (LSU) and worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in a variety of roles.  He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering and a M.S. degree in Computer Science all from The University of Tulsa.



Steve Wolhart

Steve Wolhart is the Southern Region Business Development Manager for Liberty Oilfield Services (LOS).  Prior to joining LOS, he worked at Liberty Resources (LR) which is a Denver based operator with properties in the Williston and Powder River basins.  Before that he led Pinnacle (a Halliburton service) and was Director of the Hydraulic Fracture Engineering Center of Excellence at Halliburton.  Responsibilities included the application of advanced fracture diagnostics for optimizing fracture completion, well placement and infill drilling strategies, the design and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing treatments, reservoir engineering, and integrated field studies.  Steve has also worked for the Gas Research Institute and Exxon.  Steve is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and was a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE in 2001-2002.  He has authored or co-authored more than thirty-five papers on hydraulic fracturing, advanced hydraulic fracture diagnostics, restimulation and reservoir monitoring.  Steve is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in mechanical engineering and a MBA from Southern Methodist University.  Learn more


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John Ely

John with three partners founded Ely & Associates, Inc. This company is dedicated to providing a blend of practical and technical expertise on well completion, stimulation fluids and equipment, and reservoir analysis. John holds several patents and has numerous publications, including a book titled “Stimulation Treatment Handbook / An Engineer’s Guide to Quality Control”.  He is also a contributing author to the S.P.E. monograph on hydraulic fracturing, writing the chapter on hydraulic fracturing fluids and fracture fluid selection. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, The Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemistry. Learn more



Nicholas N. Deutsch

Nick’s client-driven, results-focused approach has allowed him to successfully represent clients of all sizes, from individuals and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  He has more than a decade of experience in a wide range of practice areas including complex commercial litigation, eminent domain, and product liability litigation.  His clients come from an array of industries, including Real Estate, Oil & Gas, and Medical Devices.  Nick is licensed in all state and federal courts in Texas as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he has practiced in courts throughout the nation.  Prior to opening Crump & Deutsch, PLLC, Nick was a Partner at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon, L.L.P.  

Nick received his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review and Justice (President) of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.  He also holds a B.A., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as several other honor societies.

In addition to practicing law, Nick is a real estate investor and developer, giving him a unique business perspective on legal matters.  Nick also enjoys classic cars and spending time with his wife, Jen, and their three children.

 Publication: Michael Gray, Nicholas Deutsch & Melissa Marrero, Current Regulatory Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, Society of Petroleum Engineers Paper SPE-184859-MS, January 25, 2017.  Learn more



Dr. Jerry Jensen

Dr. Jerry Jensen joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 2007 after 10 years in industry (Schlumberger and Gearhart Ind.)  and 20 years at academic institutions (Texas A&M and Heriot-Watt Universities). He is coauthor of more than 100 publications, including the books Statistics for Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists (Elsevier 2nd Edition, 2000, and reprinted 2003) and Practical Reservoir Engineering and Characterization (Elsevier, 2015).


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