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Reservoir Characterization Fracture Stimulation Optimization for Tight Sands

The Integrated Reservoir Solutions Division of Core Laboratories presents a two day school covering the critical elements of tight sands reservoir characterization and evaluation.

When \ Where:

  • November 14-15, 2013
  • Hilton Brisbane Hotel  view map


This introductory course in tight sand reservoir evaluation includes reservoir geology in terms of deposi- tional facies, mineralogy, fractures, and rock type delineation. Core analysis methods and interpretation techniques for petrophysical properties are presented and compared among various tight sands. The core analysis data are correlated and used to calibrate open-hole logs for reservoir properties and calculation of hydrocarbons in place. Geomechanical properties, fluid sensitivity, and fracture conductivity will be reviewed. Completion and stimulation techniques will be presented in terms of where to target the horizon- tal, lateral length, stages, perf clusters, and proppant-fluid carrier systems. Production analysis techniques to evaluate the stimulation and well performance will be presented using various case histories.


Randall Miller received his B.A. in Chemistry and Geology from the University of California at San Diego and pursued graduate studies at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of Houston. He has 30 years of experience in the analysis and evaluation of reservoirs both domesti- cally and internationally. He has conducted and directed over 50 joint industry projects including; a Regional Study of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Reservoirs, Reservoir Prediction in Deep Shelf Sandstones Gulf of Mexico, Tight Gas Sands of North America - Reservoir Characterization and Fracture Stimulation Optimization, Gas Shales - Reservoir Characterization and Production Proper- ties, Regional Evaluation of the Haynesville & Bossier Shale; the Marcellus Shale; and Eagle Ford Shale. Randy is the President of the Integrated Reservoir Solutions Division of Core Laboratories, a position he has held for the past 12 years. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, SPWLA, the Houston Geological Society and SPE.

Dr. Michael Conway's 30 year career includes 10 years as chief fluids researcher at Halliburton in Duncan, Oklahoma and the last 20 years as co-founder and chief scientist at Stim-Lab. Direct Rhe- ology and Proppant Transport Consortium that includes research program design and construction of experimental equipment to investigate slurry and particle transport in a simulated fracture chan- nel. Developed methods to characterize complex, time dependent, visco-elastic crosslinked fluids. Directed the research efforts in identifying the effects of completion and stimulation fluids on the permeability of coal. Conducted numerous field evaluations on a variety of coalfields in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma and Alabama in the U.S., and in Nova Scotia, China and Australia.Coordinated studies in support of the Gas Research Institute Hydraulic Fracturing of Coal- bed Methane fields. Developed delayed crosslinked fracturing fluids for high temperature applica- tions. Introduced system in the field and has extensive experience in QA/QC on location as well as on-site analysis of stimulation treatments. Conducted laboratory studies to determine the mecha- nism and impact of damage resulting from hydraulic fracturing. Performed laboratory analyses and production analysis and provided consultation for low permeability gas reservoirs in the United States and in Australia. Co-authored a chapter on fluid loss in the "Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing".

Hilton Brisbane Hotel
190 Elizabeth Street Brisbane
Queensland, 4000
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Tel: 61-7-3234-2000

November 14-15, 2013

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