Pre-Conference Workshops

15 Aug 2017
8:30am-12:30pm

WORKSHOP 1 – Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing

Scott Thomson, CSG & Shale Specialist

Receive an executive overview of hydraulic fracking for unconventional reservoirs: what it is, key terminology, how it’s designed, what it does, what are its benefits, costs, impacts & risks: all to help you understand fracking & discuss it more confidently with stakeholders

Receive an executive overview of hydraulic fracking for unconventional reservoirs: what it is, key terminology, how it’s designed, what it does, what are its benefits, costs, impacts & risks: all to help you understand fracking & discuss it more confidently with stakeholders

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the objectives and applications for hydraulic fracturing
  • Understand what type of equipment and services are needed
  • Gain insights into what determines the type and size of a treatment
  • List the types of fluids and additives and their basic purpose
  • Review the basic process of selecting the appropriate proppant and additives
  • Understand how treatments are monitored and evaluated
  • Review the most significant environmental risks and how they can be minimised
  • Understand why hydraulic fracturing has continued to grow and spread
  • Gain insights on future trends and the latest advancements in fracking

About the Workshop

This unique course provides an overview of the hydraulic fracture treatments that are vital to the commercial success of most CSG, shale gas, shale oil and tight rock reservoirs.

The vast majority of all wells in the world receive injection treatments to improve the flow of oil or gas but hydraulic fracture treatments are one of the most effective, and most controversial.
The reasons for these treatments, how they are designed, the wide variety of treatment options, the key terminology, and the controversial aspects will all be covered. The information will be presented at a level appropriate for those familiar with the oil and gas industry who want a basic review of the process. The technical segments of the course will be presented at a level appropriate for those not experienced with well operations or frac design.

The presentation material will rely heavily on actual field results and on published studies to present a broad, fundamentals-based analysis of hydraulic fracturing for unconventional reservoirs.

About the Expert Facilitator

Scott Thomson

Scott has an extensive background of over 37 years in the coal mining and energy industries. He has held leadership roles in industry and has worked as a consultant to the unconventional gas and coal mining industry for the past 17 years.

He has been a managing director of a leading directional drilling service and a technology supply company, and a coal seam gas CRC research leader.

Scott has worked in most of the major unconventional gas basins throughout the world, and assisted with technology transfer of advanced directional drilling technology into emerging markets.

He holds a BSc in Geology, an MSc in Geology and an MBA, and is a member of the Geological Society of Australia and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.