Training: Exploitation of Tight and Unconventional Reservoirs

Saad Ibrahim, P. Engineer
March 25-18, 2024 & Sept. 9-12

Course Objective:

This course offers detailed coverage of the techniques used in the exploitation of tight and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Since massive resources are present in the unconventional oil and gas fields including Shale gas/oil, Coal Bed Methane (CBM), and tight sands, the oil industry is paving the way to exploit these resources; including bringing new technology and training its staff. Background information about the main differences between conventional and unconventional reservoirs is covered. In order to successfully evaluate the potential of these resources, the integration of the various techniques such as; engineering, petrophysical, geological, and geo-mechanical properties are utilized to determine their commerciality. Further, the technology of Multistage Fracing of Horizontal Wells (MFHW’s) should be carefully optimized to enhance the economics of the Unconventional. Methods of evaluating performance and reserves of the tight/unconventional reservoirs will be discussed including Mini frac testing (DFIT), the flowing material balance, advanced type curve matching (Blasingame, Fetkovich), well testing (PTA) and Rate Transient Analysis (RTA). Interesting class studies using actual field data will be reviewed. A review of EOR for the Unconventional will also be discussed. A course hand-out which is an excellent reference will be provided.

Live Online:
Cost: $2,500 (+ 5% GST)

Cost: $3,100 (+ 5% GST)

On-demand (Recorded):
Cost: Full Course $1500 (+ 5% GST)
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Who Should Attend:

This course is aimed at reservoir, petroleum and exploitation engineers/technologists, geophysicists, and geologists who are involved in tight sand and unconventional field development and exploitation.

Course Instructor:

Mr. Saad Ibrahim, P. Eng,


president of Petro Management Group Ltd. Mr. Ibrahim has over 35 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas industry as a worldwide highly recognized engineering consultant and a distinguished instructor. He also completed a post-graduate program with the University of Calgary in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The focus of Mr. Ibrahim’s experience lies in the area of Reservoir management, EOR, and well test planning/analysis. Mr. Ibrahim is a member of APEGA and SPE.

Live Online:
Cost: $2200 (+ 5% GST)

On-demand (Recorded):
Cost: Full Course $1500 (+ 5% GST)
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Course Agenda:

Exploitation of Tight and Unconventional Reservoirs

Online course agenda:

Section 1: Introduction to Tight/unconventional Reservoirs

(Duration 1 hr.) Fee: $115.0

  1. The need of exploiting the unconventional
  2. The main differences between conventional and unconventional
  3. Hydraulic fracturing and impact on environment
  4. Impact of new pipelines

Section 2: Physical Properties of Various Unconventional Reservoirs

(Duration: 4 hrs. 6 minutes) Fee: $420.0

  1. Review of unconventional reservoir physical characteristics
  1. Estimate of gas content
  2. Thermal maturity and recognition of hydrocarbon potential
  3. Factors to determine the commerciality of the unconventional
  1. Statistical review of frac and completion techniques of different basins.

Section 3: Evaluation tools of Tight Sands and Unconventional reservoirs

(Duration: 3 hrs. & 7 minutes) Fee: $315.0

  1. Review basic concepts of fluid flow, flow geometry and boundary conditions and well productivity.
  1. Review of the principles and applications of the well test analysis techniques for conventional and tight formations
  1. Rate transient analysis (RTA)
  2. Case study

Section 4: Mini Frac Analysis/Applications

(Duration: 1 hr & 12 minutes) Fee: $120.0

  1. Applications/benefits
  1. Types of analysis
    1. Pre-Frac Closure
    2. After-Closure Analysis (ACA)
    3. Flow-back analysis
  1. Case studies

Section 5: Multi-stage Fracture of Horizontal Wells (MFHW’s)

(Duration 2 hr & 25 minutes) Fee: $255.0

  1. Benefits/applications of horizontal wells
  1. Fracturing techniques
  2. Determine optimum spacing of Hz wells
  3. Design optimization of MFHW’s
  1. What is New in Performance Evaluation of MFHW’s?
  2. Case study

Section 6: Tips on Hydraulic Fracturing

(Duration: 2 hrs 19 minutes) Fee: $253.0

  1. Well Fracability
  1. Frac stages: spearhead, frac pad, proppant, frac flush
  2. Well flow-back and frac hydration
  3. Hybrid frac and zipper frac
  1. Frac diverters and frac hits

Section 7: Reserves Determination of the Unconventional

(Duration: 1 hrs 32 minutes) Fee: $170.0

  1. Volumetric calculations
  1. “Static” vs. “flowing” material balance
  2. Empirical method
  1. Decline curve analysis (DCA) – old and new methods
  2. Well typing
  3. Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) – analytical and numerical methods

Section 8: EOR for Tight and Unconventional

(Duration: 1 hr 52 minutes) Fee: $227.0

  1. EOR current studies and activities
  2. Methods of controlling water/gas breakthrough
  3. Optimization study of optimizing MFHW for waterflooding
  4. Gas and WAG* EOR Techniques
  5. Frac diverters and frac hits
  6. CO2 Huff-n-Puff evaluation