Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Courses Offered

Registration for Short Courses ends March 22, 2017


Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production

Instructor:  George E. King, PE

March 30-31, 2017 - 2 Day Course, Introductory

Room 8


This course acquaints participants with the basics of oil and gas shale evaluation and current shale selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments. Technologies include logging, frac interval selection, multistage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.

Topics Include:

• Candidate selection criteria to identify shale “sweet spots”

• Complex fractures and role of geomechanics

• Well orientation, optimum length and perf cluster design

• Optimizing well completions and stimulations

• Fracturing risk estimation: strengths and areas to improve

• Water sources, treatment, reuse and disposal

• Predicting production, estimating decline and well start-up suggestions

• Surface equipment and production operations


George E. King is a registered professional engineer with over 43 years of experience since starting with Amoco Production Research in 1971. His technical work has provided advances in foam fracturing, production from unstable chalk, underbalanced perforating, sand control reliability, gas shale completions and fracturing. Currently, he is working with new technologies for the oil and gas industry.

King has written 71 technical papers and was awarded the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Engineer of the Year Award from the Houston Region of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is Apache Corporation’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor.

King holds a BS  in chemistry from Oklahoma State (1972), a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Tulsa (1976) and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa (1982), where he also taught completions and workovers for 11 years as an adjunct professor.


Unconventional Reservoir Production (Rate-Transient) Analysis

Instructor:  Dr. Christopher Clarkson

March 30, 2017 - 1 Day Course, Intermediate

Room 7


This course provides an overview of the state-of-the-art in unconventional gas (shale gas, tight gas, and coalbed methane) and light oil (shale oil, tight oil, and “halo” oil) well production analysis. Unconventional reservoir properties are first reviewed, followed by a discussion of production analysis in the context of a field development optimisation workflow. The concept of rate-transient analysis (RTA) is introduced, and example theoretical rate-transient signatures for fractured vertical and multi-fractured horizontal wells are reviewed.

An overview of analytical methods for RTA is then provided, including a discussion of how these techniques can be modified to account for unconventional reservoir properties such as multi-phase flow, non-static permeability, non-Darcy flow, and desorption. Empirical methods for production analysis are also briefly reviewed. Tight gas, shale gas, tight oil, shale oil, and coalbed methane field examples are provided to illustrate application of the techniques.


Christopher R. Clarkson is a professor and the AITF Shell/EnCana chair in Unconventional Gas and Light Oil Research in the Department of Geoscience and an adjunct professor with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. His work focus in industry was on exploration for and development of unconventional gas (UG) and light oil (ULO) reservoirs. His research focus since coming to University of Calgary in 2009 has been on advanced reservoir characterisation methods for UG-ULO, such as rate- and pressure-transient analysis, flowback analysis, and core analysis.  He is also interested in simulation of enhanced recovery processes in UG-ULO, and how these processes can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Clarkson leads an industry-sponsored consortium called “Tight Oil Consortium”, focused on these research topics for unconventional light oil reservoirs in Western Canada.

The author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific and engineering journals, Clarkson received the Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award from AIME and the Alfred Noble Prize from ASCE for his paper “Application of a New Multicomponent Adsorption Model to Coal Gas Adsorption Systems” published in the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal (September, 2003). Clarkson was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2009/2010 lecture season.

Clarkson holds a PhD in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada.


Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions CANCELLED

Instructor:  Dr. Rajan Chokshi

March 30-31, 2017 - 2 Day Course, Intermediate


This course is designed to give trainees an overview of various artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. After introducing participants to the need for an artificial lift system, training will focus on each of the following lift methods: Gas lift, Reciprocating Rod Lift, Progressing Cavity Pumping, Hydraulic Pumping, Electrical Submersible Pumping, Plunger and Capillary System. For each lift type, the course covers main components, application envelope, relative strengths and weaknesses. Animations, field cases, and example-calculations are used to reinforce concepts. A unique feature of this course is discussion on digital oil field as applicable to lift optimization. The course will close with a discussion session wherein trainees would discuss their challenges and plans for lift systems with a view to understand applicability of the concepts learned during the training.


Dr. Rajan Chokshi works as Optimizer for Accutant Solutions of Houston – A training and consulting services provider for production optimization.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Chokshi has worked on petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design, and production optimization in oil and gas industries for national oil company and service providers. He continues to consult and teach professional courses in these areas. His interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally, technology integration and commercialization. 

Dr. Chokshi is a Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 year. He also serves on the SPE global committees for training and production awards. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT-Kanpur, India respectively; and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.


1-day course:    

SPE member  $750

Nonmember $950


2-day course:    

SPE member  $1400

Nonmember $1800


Registrants who sign up for the Symposium and a Short Course receive a $100 discount for the Symposium.

Registration for Short Courses ends March 22, 2017.