Integrated Production Optimization in Shale – Well Performance Evaluation and Optimization

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The Integrated Production Optimization in shale (IPO-Shale) course is designed to demonstrate an integrated approach to the development, production, and evaluation of both dry gas and liquid-rich shale formations. This course will emphasize applying well performance evaluation to optimizing well and hydraulic fracturing spacing and well production management considering short term economics and long term hydrocarbon recovery.


Introduction to IPO in Shale, Integrated Shale Characterization

IPO in Shale

  • Integrated Shale Characterization
  • Analog Approach
  • Phased shale development from appraisal to pilot pad wells to full field development

Conceptual Hydraulic Fracture Design

  • Rationale for hydraulic fractures—the Stimulated Rock Volume
  • Fracture Height Containment Prediction
  • Conceptual Design
  • Fracture Calibration Test
  • Unified Fracture Design

Well Performance Evaluation and Optimization

  • Critical drawdown management
  • Quantifying well and formation parameters
  • Well design optimization

Learning Level

Intermediate – Advanced

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Attendees will experience how observations in actual shale wells are used to optimize well designs for full field development.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for oil and gas professionals interested in knowing more about current practices and how they might be improved for future wells.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.



Christine Ehlig-Economides is a professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University where she has held the Albert B. Stevens endowed chair since 2004. Before that, she worked for Schlumberger for 20 years in well test design and interpretation, integrated reservoir characterization, modern well construction design, and well stimulation. She has worked in more than 30 countries and authored more than 60 papers.

Ehlig-Economides is internationally recognized for her expertise in reservoir engineering, pressure transient analysis, integrated reservoir characterization, complex well design, and production enhancement. Her recent research focuses on shale well design.

Ehlig-Economides has received a number of technical awards including the SPE Formation Evaluation and Lester C. Uren Awards and the Anthony Lucas Gold Medal, and she was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2003. She is currently a member of the National Academy Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) and one of the Thousand Talents specialists in China.

Awards & Honors

· Phi Kappa Phi ( University of Kansas)
· Standard Oil of California Fellowship ( Stanford University)
· Sigma Xi (National Honor Research Society)
· Outstanding Faculty Award ( University of Alaska, Fairbanks; School of Mineral Industry)
· SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, 1982
· Alaska SPE Engineer of the Year, 1982
· SPE Formation Evaluation Award, 1995
· SPE Distinguished Member in 1996
· Lester C. Uren Award in 1997
· SPE Distinguished Lecturer, 1997-98
· National Academy of Engineering, 2003


· Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, 1979
· M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1976
· M.A.T., Mathematics Education, University of Kansas, 1974
· B.A., Math-Science, Rice University, 1971