Coalbed Methane Evaluation and Development

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course focuses on the geologic and engineering aspects of defining gas-in-place, reserves, appropriate completion methods, and forecasting production for coalbed methane (CBM) reservoirs. Special focus is on due diligence and data quality screening techniques for preparing reliable forecasts and property valuations.

You will understand how to collect, quality-check, and interpret critical data, and determine how to select the optimum well completion and stimulation methods.

Topics include:

  • Variability of the commercially successful CBM plays in the US, Canada and Australia
  • The urgency and activities for developing CBM outside North America
  • Key geologic characteristics and evaluation issues
  • Reasons the CBM projects in China, Indonesia and South Africa are slow to develop
  • Steps and class examples for calculating reserve volumes and forecasting production
  • Common mistakes by operators and evaluators

At the end of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • Reasons why the appropriate drilling and completion method must be refined for each play
  • Examples of the steps, costs and timelines for the overall development process
  • Common major mistakes made in the field and in the lab
  • Actual correlations between production rates and geologic or completion parameters
  • Application and limitations of various production forecasting and simulation methods
  • Emerging technology and potential applications

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

4 Days

Why Attend?

Those familiar with oil and gas development who are interested in a thorough review of the concepts, techniques and strategies needed for evaluating and developing commercial coalbed methane projects.

Who Should Attend

This course is for engineers, geo-science professionals, researchers, managers, business development specialists, and technical support staff.

Special Requirements

Participants need to bring a laptop or calculator to solve example problems.  Participants are assumed to have an understanding of general engineering and geologic terms.


3.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 4-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

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Steve Hennings is the owner and principal engineer for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He has 20 years industry experience working for a mid-size oil & gas company where he was assigned a wide variety of technical and development roles ranging from production superintendent to simulation engineer to regional technology coordinator.

Ten years ago he left the company to form his own consulting firm, providing technical guidance and onsite supervision for oil & gas development projects in over a dozen different countries. This included individual long-term assignments leading the engineering and geoscience teams at the largest oil field in the United States, the largest underground coal mine in Australia, a major oil & gas research center, and an international evaluation team for unconventional gas reservoirs. Occasionally he conducts technical workshops, including several different courses for the SPE, to share lessons learned from ongoing evaluations.

In 2008, Hennings was awarded the prestigious annual Stefanko Award from the Society of Mining Engineers for his technical contributions. Hennings is a registered professional engineer and holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS in finance.

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