Appraising and Developing Shale Gas Reservoirs

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course will help you understand the controls on gas-in-place, resource distribution, and productivity. You’ll learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret critical data from multiple disciplines and why reservoir characterization and drilling/completion practices play key roles. It will help you understand why various shale gas (and shale oil) reservoirs perform differently, know the key questions to ask, steps to take in assessing a shale accumulation, and be able to apply appraisal and development strategies that are most cost-effective.

Topics include:

  • Review the origin of shales and shale gas
  • Discuss the various core, log, and seismic datasets needed to characterize them
  • Review the mechanisms of shale gas production and key drilling/completion practices
  • Discuss how to estimate resources and reserves
  • Review of factors controlling commercial success
  • Apply what’s been learned to case studies including the Antrim, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Horn River, Lewis, Marcellus, Montney, and Woodford shales

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should Attend

This course provides practical insights and tools for use in appraising and developing shale gas reservoirs.

Who Should Attend

Geoscientists, engineers, and managers who want to learn more about how to evaluate these accumulations, what controls their productivity, which techniques should be used for forecasting well performance, and how to estimate resources and reserves.


.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.

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Creties Jenkins, P.E., P.G., is a partner with Rose and Associates where he specializes in the characterization of unconventional reservoirs. He has conducted integrated studies, peer reviews, and resource assessment work for 50+ companies around the world. He has also conducted 100+ industry courses and workshops over the past decade focused on unconventionals. His 28-year career has included stints at Tenneco Oil, ARCO, and DeGolyer and MacNaughton.

Jenkins has served as a technical editor, distinguished lecturer, and distinguished author for SPE and is also a past president of the Energy Minerals Divison of AAPG.

Jenkins holds a MS degree in geology and a BS degree in geological engineering both from the South Dakota School of Mines.

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