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January 27, 2018 / StimPlan User Course: The Woodlands, TX

$500/USD

Led by Michael B. Smith

This two-day course provides a hands-on intensive overview of NSI Technologies’ StimPlan™ fracture design/analysis software with detailed examples and data files provided to participants. This course covers the essential elements of using StimPlan™ effectively including loading logs, defining geologic layering for simulations, input of fluid and proppant data, as well as performing a gridded 3-D simulation. Topics include log analysis for modulus and stress, simulation of multi-frac horizontal wells, and frac-pack simulations. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

StimPlan™ is a complete and integrated software solution for hydraulic fracture design, analysis and optimization. With a comprehensive integrated toolkit and the industry’s most rigorous geometry models, StimPlan™ helps operators worldwide maximize their well performance while lowering expenditure however complex their reservoir or fracture treatment design.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

February 13 – 15, 2018 / DFIT Analysis Course: Houston, TX

$2250/USD

Led by Michael B. Smith

When the term DFIT was coined, it was an acronym for “Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test”. That is now somewhat misleading, as a common DFIT today consists of pumping a small volume of fluid (nearly always water) into the formation at low (but above frac) rates. Given this procedure, the test does not measure any fracture properties (i.e., height, efficiency, etc.). Rather, DFIT should be an acronym for “Diagnostic Formation Injection Test”. The goal of the test is to measure formation parameters of closure pressure, reservoir pressure, formation permeability, and the existence of stress-sensitive permeability (i.e., natural fracture permeability).

This 3-Day seminar will concentrate on the design and analysis of the DFIT injection in a workshop fashion, where every discussion is built around actual case histories. Participants are also invited to bring sharable examples. Data examples include log sections identifying the target, any general formation information (such as expected porosity and permeability), and digital injection/decline data. Well location and post-frac production would not be included in participant examples.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

March 19 – 23, 2018 / 5-day Open Hydraulic Fracturing Course: Calgary Alberta, Canada

$3495 CAD
5% GST will be added to course fees upon registration.

Led by Mr. Carl Montgomery

This 5-day course emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of hydraulic fracturing, covering the “Reservoir Engineering” aspects, integrated with the “Fracture Mechanics” aspects, and coupled with “Operational” considerations. This integration is absolutely necessary in order to present how to recognize opportunities for fracturing from hard rock tight gas, to offshore “frac-pack” completions, to multi-fractured horizontal shale wells. Also covered is how to estimate required data for planning and preparing preliminary job designs, how to design, perform, and analyze pre-frac tests, and finally how to arrive at an “optimum” final design. Along with an Introduction to Fracturing, the course covers Reservoir Response, Rock Stresses, Fracture Geometry, Fracture Pressure Analysis, Fracture Fluid & Proppant Selection, Multi – Fractured Horizontal Wells, and Field Application & Quality Control. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register Today at www.progress-seminars.com

April 2 – 6, 2018 / 5-day Open Hydraulic Fracturing Course: Houston, TX

$3750/USD

Led by Mr. Carl Montgomery

This 5-day course emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of hydraulic fracturing, covering the “Reservoir Engineering” aspects, integrated with the “Fracture Mechanics” aspects, and coupled with “Operational” considerations. This integration is absolutely necessary in order to present how to recognize opportunities for fracturing from hard rock tight gas, to offshore “frac-pack” completions, to multi-fractured horizontal shale wells. Also covered is how to estimate required data for planning and preparing preliminary job designs, how to design, perform, and analyze pre-frac tests, and finally how to arrive at an “optimum” final design. Along with an Introduction to Fracturing, the course covers Reservoir Response, Rock Stresses, Fracture Geometry, Fracture Pressure Analysis, Fracture Fluid & Proppant Selection, Multi – Fractured Horizontal Wells, and Field Application & Quality Control. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

April 9 – 13, 2018 / Applied Fracture Pressure Analysis: Houston, TX

$3750/USD

Led by Dr. Michael B. Smith

This NSI Technologies course is designed for engineers involved in detailed design and analysis of hydraulic fracture treatments. A good understanding of, and familiarity with, fracturing fundamentals, materials selection (fluids/ proppant), and applications is required. Emphasis is placed on analyzing fracturing pressure data during pumping, and during the subsequent pressure decline, and use of this data to recognize common problems.
A wide range of real field problems will be tackled in the practical sessions (which comprise more than 50% of the course)

The “workshop” format for this course uses examples of actual problem wells from various environments. These examples place emphasis on 3-D fracture modeling for analysis/design, and the sessions are conducted using NSI’s fracture simulators StimPlan/E-StimPlan. The course includes NSI’s comprehensive manual, augmented with special material discussing fracturing in complex formations. This also includes multiple, detailed, solved case histories ranging from Australian tight gas wells, to Gulf of Mexico “frac-packs”, to North Sea tip screenout (TSO) treatments.
Practical applications during the week are built on complete, detailed, real field problems. This format, used very successfully in other courses, enables participants to work with many real field examples and thus gain a deeper understanding of the subject in a short time. Participants are encouraged to bring data sets from their own fractured (or fracture candidate) wells for use in the practical sessions.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

April 16 – 20, 2018 / StimPlan User Course: Tulsa, OK

$500/USD (days 1,2 & 3)
$500/USD (days 4 & 5)

Led by Michael B. Smith

This five-day course provides a hands-on intensive overview of NSI Technologies’ StimPlan™ fracture design/analysis software with detailed examples and data files provided to participants. This course covers the essential elements of using StimPlan™ effectively including loading logs, defining geologic layering for simulations, input of fluid and proppant data, as well as performing a gridded 3-D simulation. Topics include log analysis for modulus and stress, simulation of multi-frac horizontal wells, and frac-pack simulations. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

StimPlan™ is a complete and integrated software solution for hydraulic fracture design, analysis and optimization. With a comprehensive integrated toolkit and the industry’s most rigorous geometry models, StimPlan™ helps operators worldwide maximize their well performance while lowering expenditure however complex their reservoir or fracture treatment design.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

April 24 – 27, 2018 / Sand Control Course: Houston, TX

$3750/USD

Led by David Norman

This course will begin with brief introduction to Fracpacking and how it evolved into the standard completion for cased hole sand control.

Participants will review the fundamentals of fracturing with a detailed discussion of defined terms that are used in both hard rock and soft rock fracturing; these terms have specific meaning in the context of fracpack environments but are different within the hard rock fracturing community.

A workflow will be presented that should aid the participant in being able to generate a design and procedure for executing fracpack completions. Class problems are used to reinforce the workflow, assure understanding of specific topics, and generate procedural elements to address known and probable issues.

After covering a high level summary of the entire installation scenario, participants will begin to formulate process stages and procedural elements to make the measurements necessary to calibrate the model, re- design the schedule, and monitor the installation. How to utilize the data collected to identify possible issues will be discussed.

Finally participants will walk through a review of the planning, design, execution, and evaluation process putting key indicators that the progress is addressing the appropriate goals and normalized in a Score card.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

June 12 – 14, 2018 / Productive Shale: Pittsburg, PA

$2250/USD

Led by Dr. Michael B. Smith

The course emphasizes the unique properties of productive shale formations starting with “What is a productive shale?” Starting there, how do we recognize differences between various shale formations and how do these differences impact selecting appropriate well completion/stimulation procedures.

The course emphasizes how fracturing of horizontal wells has raised geomechanical questions that have never before been of any significant importance to oil & gas production, and will look at how we can answer these questions. These questions include such things as well azimuth, optimum perforation cluster length/separation, optimum number of clusters per stage, vertical position of horizontal well within the formation, …. Finally, how do in situ geomechanical factors affect the risks and what can be done to mitigate these risks.

The course is based on visual aids keyed to NSI’s comprehensive manual. The manual contains the most up-to-date collection of state-of-the-art shale fracturing concepts/practices, and provides an excellent reference for later applications.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

July 16 – 20, 2018 / StimPlan User Course: Houston, TX

$500/USD (days 1,2 & 3)
$500/USD (days 4 & 5)

Led by Michael B. Smith

This five-day course provides a hands-on intensive overview of NSI Technologies’ StimPlan™ fracture design/analysis software with detailed examples and data files provided to participants. This course covers the essential elements of using StimPlan™ effectively including loading logs, defining geologic layering for simulations, input of fluid and proppant data, as well as performing a gridded 3-D simulation. Topics include log analysis for modulus and stress, simulation of multi-frac horizontal wells, and frac-pack simulations. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

StimPlan™ is a complete and integrated software solution for hydraulic fracture design, analysis and optimization. With a comprehensive integrated toolkit and the industry’s most rigorous geometry models, StimPlan™ helps operators worldwide maximize their well performance while lowering expenditure however complex their reservoir or fracture treatment design.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

August 7 – 9, 2018 / Acid Fracturing Course: Houston, TX

$2250/USD

Led by Carl T. Montgomery

This course provides the physics and design methodology for carbonate acid fracturing. In addition, methods for removing various types of formation and drilling damage will be discussed.

DAY 1

Brief History of Acid Fracturing
Acid Fracturing vs Propped Fracturing
Setting up the Geologic Model
Hydraulic Fracturing Models
Stoichiometry, Carbonate Acid Chemistry and Acid Concentrations
Acid Reaction Kinetics with Reservoir Minerals and how to measure them.
Acid Transport Mechanisms
Fluid Loss (PVbt, Wormholing)
Determining PVbt and Wormholing values

DAY 2

Convection Mass Transfer, Diffusion and Parallel Plate Reactions
Acid Etched Conductivity (kfw) – Nierode Kruk vs University of Texas Models
Computer modeling to emphasize important variables and the importance of Acid Fracture “models”
Discussion of computer exercise
Acid Placement Model
Chalk Case History

DAY 3

Retarded/Gelled Acids
Rheology Problem
Acidizing Materials
Treatment Execution/Quality Control and Placement Options
StimPlan exercise (maximizing conductivity)
Discussion of exercise

*The attendees of this school should have attended NSI’s 5-day Propped Hydraulic Fracture School or an equivalent school. This Acid Fracturing School assumes that the attendee is well versed in the principles of rock stresses, fracture geometry modeling, evaluating fracture performance and treatment scheduling of hydraulic fracturing.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

October 15 – 19, 2018 / Sand Control Course: Houston, TX

$3750/USD

Led by David Norman

This course will begin with brief introduction to Fracpacking and how it evolved into the standard completion for cased hole sand control.

Participants will review the fundamentals of fracturing with a detailed discussion of defined terms that are used in both hard rock and soft rock fracturing; these terms have specific meaning in the context of fracpack environments but are different within the hard rock fracturing community.

A workflow will be presented that should aid the participant in being able to generate a design and procedure for executing fracpack completions. Class problems are used to reinforce the workflow, assure understanding of specific topics, and generate procedural elements to address known and probable issues.

After covering a high level summary of the entire installation scenario, participants will begin to formulate process stages and procedural elements to make the measurements necessary to calibrate the model, re- design the schedule, and monitor the installation. How to utilize the data collected to identify possible issues will be discussed.

Finally participants will walk through a review of the planning, design, execution, and evaluation process putting key indicators that the progress is addressing the appropriate goals and normalized in a Score card.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

October 22 – 26, 2018 / StimPlan User Course: Houston, TX

$500/USD (days 1,2 & 3)
$500/USD (days 4 & 5)

Led by Michael B. Smith

This five-day course provides a hands-on intensive overview of NSI Technologies’ StimPlan™ fracture design/analysis software with detailed examples and data files provided to participants. This course covers the essential elements of using StimPlan™ effectively including loading logs, defining geologic layering for simulations, input of fluid and proppant data, as well as performing a gridded 3-D simulation. Topics include log analysis for modulus and stress, simulation of multi-frac horizontal wells, and frac-pack simulations. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

StimPlan™ is a complete and integrated software solution for hydraulic fracture design, analysis and optimization. With a comprehensive integrated toolkit and the industry’s most rigorous geometry models, StimPlan™ helps operators worldwide maximize their well performance while lowering expenditure however complex their reservoir or fracture treatment design.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

October 29 – November 2, 2018 / 5-day Open Hydraulic Fracturing Course: Houston, TX

$3750/USD

Led by Mr. Carl Montgomery

This 5-day course emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of hydraulic fracturing, covering the “Reservoir Engineering” aspects, integrated with the “Fracture Mechanics” aspects, and coupled with “Operational” considerations. This integration is absolutely necessary in order to present how to recognize opportunities for fracturing from hard rock tight gas, to offshore “frac-pack” completions, to multi-fractured horizontal shale wells. Also covered is how to estimate required data for planning and preparing preliminary job designs, how to design, perform, and analyze pre-frac tests, and finally how to arrive at an “optimum” final design. Along with an Introduction to Fracturing, the course covers Reservoir Response, Rock Stresses, Fracture Geometry, Fracture Pressure Analysis, Fracture Fluid & Proppant Selection, Multi – Fractured Horizontal Wells, and Field Application & Quality Control. A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

November 5 – 9, 2018 / Applied Fracture Pressure Analysis: Houston, TX

$3750/USD

Led by Dr. Michael B. Smith

This NSI Technologies course is designed for engineers involved in detailed design and analysis of hydraulic fracture treatments. A good understanding of, and familiarity with, fracturing fundamentals, materials selection (fluids/ proppant), and applications is required. Emphasis is placed on analyzing fracturing pressure data during pumping, and during the subsequent pressure decline, and use of this data to recognize common problems.
A wide range of real field problems will be tackled in the practical sessions (which comprise more than 50% of the course)

The “workshop” format for this course uses examples of actual problem wells from various environments. These examples place emphasis on 3-D fracture modeling for analysis/design, and the sessions are conducted using NSI’s fracture simulators StimPlan/E-StimPlan. The course includes NSI’s comprehensive manual, augmented with special material discussing fracturing in complex formations. This also includes multiple, detailed, solved case histories ranging from Australian tight gas wells, to Gulf of Mexico “frac-packs”, to North Sea tip screenout (TSO) treatments.
Practical applications during the week are built on complete, detailed, real field problems. This format, used very successfully in other courses, enables participants to work with many real field examples and thus gain a deeper understanding of the subject in a short time. Participants are encouraged to bring data sets from their own fractured (or fracture candidate) wells for use in the practical sessions.

*Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*

Register By Phone: 1 918 496 2071

Recent Events

September, 2017 / StimPlan User Course: Houston, TX
May, 2017 / StimPlan User Course: Houston, TX
January, 2017 / StimPlan User Course: The Woodlands, TX
October, 2016 / StimPlan User Course: Houston, TX
May, 2016 / StimPlan User Course: Houston, TX
May, 2016 / StimPlan User Course: Tulsa, OK
May, 2016 / 5-day Open Hydraulic Fracturing Course: Houston, TX
April, 2016 / 3-day Acid Fracturing/Matrix Acidizing Course / Tulsa, OK
February, 2016 / 1-day StimPlan User Course / The Woodlands, Texas