Short Courses

Short Courses Offered

Preregistration for the short courses is required.

Short Course Registrants receive a US $100 discount towards the Symposium registration.

1)  Multistage Completions, Fracturing and Refracturing in Shales

Course Description

This course gives an overview for completing, fracturing, and refracturing shales and other low-permeability formations that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Participants will learn the primary types of wellbore completion options, plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems, and coiled tubing-activated systems, and how they compare in different applications. Participants will also learn hydraulic fracturing and refracturing theory and design, including slick-water fracturing, cross-linked gels, fluids, proppants, additives, refracturing options, and identifying refracturing candidates.


  • Multistage completion options
    • Plug-and-perf completions
    • Ball-activated completion systems
    • Coiled-tubing-activated completion systems
  • Benefits and considerations for each completion option
  • Application comparison of completion options
  • General fracturing theory and design
  • Selection of fracturing components – fluids, proppants, etc.
  • Fracturing challenges – proppant transport, conductivity, fracture geometry, etc.
  • Stimulation Design Optimization – stage placement, risk mitigation
  • Refracturing theory and challenges
  • Identifying refracturing candidates
  • Refracturing options and design considerations

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of multistage completions
  • Recognize the benefits and considerations for each type of completion system
  • Use knowledge gained to select completion based on their specific application
  • Understand theory and design of fracturing and refracturing wells
  • Compare the application specific challenges for a fracturing and refracturing job
  • Apply knowledge gained to their fracturing and refracturing application 

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day - April 11

Instructors:  W. Aaron Burton and Sergey Kotov

2)  Production Forecasts and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Resources

Course Description

This course will provide training in production forecasting and reserves estimation for low-permeability resource plays (such as shales) using simple, rapidly applied decline models favored by the industry for routine forecasting. Recommended methodology will be based on fundamental fluid flow theory rather than only on experience with different modeling techniques. The course will conclude with a comparison of decline models and a suggested workflow applicable to a wide variety of models and soundly grounded in fundamentals.


  • Fluid flow fundamentals
  • Empirical and semi-theoretical decline models including Arps, Fetkovich, Stretched Exponential, Power-Law, Transient Linear Flow, and Duong
  • Diagnostic plots for flow regime identification, pressure normalization of rate data, recommended workflow for pressure-rate-time production data analysis
  • Typical Well Production Profile (Type Well, aka Type Curve) construction

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days - April 11-12

Instructor:  W. John Lee

3)  Effective Planning and Execution of Oil and Gas Projects


Statistics indicate that two out of three projects have difficulties meeting the three successful criteria: delivered on time, with a final actual cost on or below budget, and in full compliance with the requirements.

In this course, you will learn an effective integrated project planning and execution methodology based on projects results (deliverables and events). In the first day, participants will review the current practices of six project management principles, trends, and effective techniques to facilitate the definition of the work scope and to better control the execution of oil and gas projects. On the second day, participants will simulate in a workshop, two case study projects using the trial version of a software application called IPM-Pro (Integrated Project Management Professional), which is provided on a CD to each attendee. Participants may bring their own project to the workshop simulation.

Topics Include:

  • Project management review
  • Enhancement of project performance (effective integrated approach)
  • Scope definition (work breakdown structure – results-based technique)
  • Baseline plan (performance measurement baseline – project work plan)
  • Project performance (earned value –earned schedule)
  • Performance measurement (EVM techniques – reporting)
  • Change management (the triple constraint – re-baseline development)

Learning Level

Introductory to intermediate

Course Length

2 Days - April 11-12

Special Requirements

Participants must bring a laptop to this training.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Instructor:  Williams Chirinos, M.Sc., P.Eng., PMP