2010-2011 Meeting Archive



September 14, 2010


This month's speaker was SPE Distinguished Lecturer Roberto Suarez Rivera, and the topic was "The Potential of Unconventional Shale Gas Resources: Principle Drivers of Successful Production".


Bio & Abstract



October 2010 – Fall Kick-Off


This month is the annual Fall Kick-Off Panel Discussion and the topic is Deliquifying Horizontal Gas Wells.





November 18, 2010


This month's speaker was Ed Ireland, an executive at Energy Education, and the topic was "Combating the Negative Image of Drilling and Fracturing".


Energy Education executive Ed Ireland was selected as executive director to lead the Barnett Shale Energy Council, a consortium of seven of the leading energy companies operating in the Barnett Shale that are dedicated to promoting energy education and best practices as they relate to oil and gas leasing, drilling, production, transportation and marketing in the Barnett Shale.

Ireland’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the BSEEC, a Texas non-profit organization. These activities include implementing educational and outreach programs in Tarrant County, as well as other counties in the Barnett Shale. He also acts as an industry expert and spokesperson for the Barnett Shale, as well as a community and media representative on behalf of its members.

He brings to the BSEEC a unique combination of executive management, operational expertise and a deep knowledge of economic analyses in the oil and gas and real estate industries. Ireland has held several executive management positions including president of GeoSource and chief financial officer of NeoSoft, Inc. He has also served as president and founder of GasMark, Inc, a natural gas supplier, and Energy and Planning Associates, a consulting company that provided economic analysis and strategic planning services for the natural gas industry. Prior to his corporate work, Ireland served as assistant professor and head of the Economics Department at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Ireland holds a B.S. in Economics from Midwestern State University, a Ph.D. in Economics and Statistics from Texas Tech University and post doctoral work at the University of Chicago.




December 15, 2010


This month's speaker was SPE Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer L. Miskimins, and the topic was "Unconventional Frac Jobs for Unconventional Reservoirs - What Should You Be Concerned About?"



January 20, 2011


This month's speaker was Danny Durham, Vice President of Technology with Multi-Chem Production Chemicals, and the topic was "The Evolution of Green Chemistries for Fracs and Production".

Bio & Abstract




February 17, 2011

This month's speaker was David Cramer, Research and Development Manager with Phoenix Techonology Services USA Inc, and the topic was "Advancements in Horizontal Drilling Techonology: Advantages of At-Bit Measurement Systems".

David Cramer is currently the Research and Development Manager at Phoenix Technology Services. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Program at the University of Alberta in 1997 while operating MWD systems for Halliburton/Sperry Sun. During his 11 years at Phoenix Technology, he has been involved in the development of mud pulse MWD systems, an EM MWD system, several rotary steerable drilling systems, logging software packages, and an inclination/gamma at the bit system for MWD.


March 9, 2011

This month's speaker was Dr. Gier Harland with the University of Calgary and the topic was "Drilling Optimization Simulation Reduces Drilling Cost".

Bio & Abstract



May 26, 2011

This month's speaker was Norm Warpinski with Pinnacle and the topic was "Microseismic monitoring for evaluation of fracture and completion effectiveness in gas shales ".

Norm Warpinski is the director of technology development for Pinnacle – A Halliburton Service in Houston, Texas, where he is in charge of developing new tools and analyses for hydraulic fracture mapping, reservoir monitoring, hydraulic fracture design and analysis, and integrated solutions for reservoir development. He received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1973 and 1977, respectively, after receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1971. He worked for 28 years for Sandia National Laboratories performing oil, gas, geothermal, waste repository, and carbon sequestration research before joining Pinnacle in 2005. He served as Executive Editor of SPE Production and Operations from 2006 to 2008, as Review Chair of JPT from 1990 to 1992, on the SPE R&D committee from 2002 to 2005, as an SPE distinguished lecturer in 1998-1999, and on various conference and forum committees.

Abstract: Microseismic monitoring for evaluation of fracture and completion effectiveness in gas shales

Economic development of gas shale resources requires continual optimization of field layouts, well spacings, completion designs, and fracture treatment schedules. The primary source of information for performing this optimization in these shale reservoirs has been downhole microseismic monitoring from offset wells, although other diagnostics such as DTS, RA tracers, chemical frac tracers, production modeling, and pressure analyses certainly have their applications. The objective of this talk is (1) to briefly discuss microseismic technology, particularly with respect to uncertainty, bias, and interpretation of microseismic event-location data, but (2) primarily to review available information from mapping projects and infer mechanisms and processes that may be important for developing these reservoirs. The examples will concentrate on issues such as the stimulated reservoir volume generated under various conditions, height growth, which is considerable in reservoirs such as the Marcellus and Haynesville, completion design and its effect on the fracture “complexity”, the possible benefits of zipper fracs and simul-fracs, the common interaction with faults and its effect on the treatments, and various other factors that may be important for developing these fields.