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

When \ Where:

  • Grosvenor House  view map
    A JW Marriott Hotel
  • May 9-10, 2013


  • Overview of Shale Reservoirs
  • Key Data for Evaluating Producibility
  • Importance of Core and Pilot Wells
  • Completion and Stimulation Concepts
  • Role of Production Analysis

Who Should Attend

Geologists, petrophysicists and engineers interested in learning the state-of-the-art techniques for characterizing shale reservoirs and the parameters that influence production properties. The course is geared to address both exploration and exploitation of shale reservoirs.


The objective of the course is to provide training in the various aspects of reservoir characterization of shale reservoirs and to increase the knowledge of how these reservoirs may behave based on their key reservoir properties. Participants will learn how to make sure they are "targeting the right shale" and what type of production levels can be expected. By the end of the course participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Know what the important shale reservoir parameters are and how to determine them
  • Understand what makes a good shale reservoir in terms of productivity
  • Have an understanding of the variability in shale reservoirs
  • Be able to identify shale reservoirs from open-hole logs and determine OGIP and OOIP
  • Identify the issues in hydraulic fracturing of shale reservoirs
  • Gain a knowledge of exploration techniques useful for screening potential shale reservoirs


This course is an introductory course in shale reservoir evaluation. It includes reservoir geology in terms of depositional facies, mineralogy, fractures, and rock type delineation. Organic geochemistry of shale reservoirs is presented in terms of organic content, Kerogen types, maturity, hydrocarbon generation, and secondary porosity development. Core analysis methods and interpretation techniques for petrophysical properties are presented and compared among various shales. The core analysis data are correlated and used to calibrate open-hole logs for reservoir properties and calculation of hydrocarbons in place. Several examples are presented and compared. Laboratory measurements in support of completion and stimulation are reviewed and include geomechanical properties, fluid sensitivity, and fracture conductivity. Completion and stimulation techniques will be presented in terms of where to target the horizontal, 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.

Instructor : Randall S. Miller

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 domestically 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 Properties, 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.

Grosvenor House
A JW Marriott Hotel
Park Lane - LONDON, W1K 7TN
Tel: 020 7399 8011
Fax: 020 7399 8129
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May 9-10, 2013

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