Oil & Gas Training
and Competency Development

Discipline Production Engineering
Duration5 Days
Delivery Mechanism Classroom
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Course Progression Map - Hydraulic Fracturing

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Course Progression Map - Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracturing

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This 5-day classroom course is an introduction to fracturing completions. The course overviews the complete hydraulic fracturing process; discussing the type of reservoirse, formations and well candidate for fracturing; describing the modeling of hydraulic fractures; detailing the design and intepretation of calibration treatments (step-rate-test and mini-frac); and, explaining the types of fracturing fluids and proppants used in the industry. The course is focused in fracturing of low permeability formations, however the techniques used for fracturing high permeabilities are also discussed (tip-screen-out), as well as the techniques recommended for perforating. The preparation, execution and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing operations is discussed. Fracturing in unconventional reservoirs (shales) is also discussed.

At the end of the course, Participants will understand the purpose of this type of well completion, the specifics of its design and evaluation and will be able to discuss with Service Companies the details of these operations.


  • Agenda
  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Prerequisites
  • Agenda

    Day 1

    • Introduction
    • Candidates Selection
    • Fracture initiation
    • Near Wellbore geometry
    • Fracture containment
    • PIIR
    • Frac growth analysis
    • 2D models
    • 3D models

    Day 2

    • Data Acquisition
    • Log Data
    • Fracture mapping
    • Microfracture testing
    • Minifrac testing
    • Core testing

    Day 3

    • Rheology of frac fluids
    • Types of frac fluids
    • Frac fluids additives
    • Frac fluids leak-off
    • Ideal frac proppant
    • Propped pack conductivity 

    Day 4

    • Proppants
    • Resin-coated proppants
    • Proppant flow back
    • Fracturing high permeabilities
    • Tip screen out 
    • Steps in frac design
    • Perforating for fracturing
    • Preparing and executing fracs

    Day 5

    • Post-frac treatments
    • Post-frac evaluation
    • Fracturing unconventional  
  • Topics

    The course discusses candidate selection for fracturing, geomechanics associated to fracturing, microfracture testing, minifrac testing & core testing, properties of frac fluids and proppants, fracturing design, perforating for fracturing, fracturing preparation and execution, post-frac treatments & evaluation, and fracturing unconventional reservoirs.

  • Audience

    Production Technologist / Surveillance Engineers / Reservoir Engineers and other professionals dealing with hydraulic fracturing concepts and operations.

  • Prerequisites

    Basic understanding of production operations and reservoir engineering, and basic knowledge of well completions.

  • Prerequisites

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