Hydraulic Fracturing - A Concise Overview

Production and OperationsReservoir Description and Dynamics


This course includes the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing along with addressing the general process, the terminology, and many of the real-world problems—in a concise format. The overall emphasis is how hydraulic fracturing fits-in with, is impacted by, or impacts geologic concerns, reservoir engineering, and operations. It will provide a general familiarity with fundamentals of the complete hydraulic fracturing process. That is, why it works (or doesn’t), where is it applicable, and what to consider in order to improve.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction—What is fracturing?
  • Reservoir engineering aspects of fracturing
  • What fracturing can do
  • What type of fracture you want
  • Fracturing

At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand:

  • Impact of geologic environment
  • Major fracture variables such as creating the fracture you want
  • Candidate Selection with discrete “candidate recognition” examples
  • Fracturing Materials
  • Diagnostics—How you know you’ve achieved your goal

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

The course will introduce the basic concepts and terminology of hydraulic fracturing, enabling you to intelligently discuss the potential applications to your well. For geologists and geophysicists, it will provide an ability to recognize very early in the evaluation process the potential for fracturing to improve potential target formations, as well as learning what types of formations make the best targets for fracture stimulation.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for engineering managers, geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers desiring general information about the process, and what it can do for them. It is also intended as a general review for petroleum engineers with knowledge or experience in fracturing, but no current active involvement.

Special Requirements

Laptops are required for this course. The instructors text, Hydraulic Fracturing, will serve as course material. Electronic PDF of presentation will also be given; participants must have Adobe read/write in order to take notes in electronic files.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/8 hours) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

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Carl T. Montgomery is an engineering consultant for NSI Technologies where his main responsibilities are technical service, engineering development and research in well stimulation and completions. He is recognized within the industry as one of the leaders in all areas of stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, matrix stimulation, cavity completions, waste/cuttings injection, rock mechanics and scale prevention/removal. He also has considerable experience in cementing, sand management, conformance control, perforating strategy and formation damage. Formerly, Montgomery was with ConocoPhillips, Arco and Dowell Schlumberger.

Over the course of his career, Montgomery has published more than 30 technical papers and holds numerous US patents. Montgomery served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1998–1999 and has been presented with awards from private industry and SPE, including SPE Engineer of the Year Award for Drilling and Completions in 2006 and ConocoPhillips Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Montgomery received BS and MS degrees in biochemistry from Colorado State University and Ball State University, and petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Wm. David Norman is an industry recognized subject matter expert in the area of sandstone acidizing, fracturing, sand control, productivity enhancement, and completion evaluation. He was a longtime employee of both Schlumberger & Chevron. Norman has worked in open hole and cased hole environments assisting with matrix, fracturing, and sand control efforts. He has authored more than 60 technical papers and articles, several texts, and training materials in the areas of cementing practices; matrix acidizing; sand control completions; on-site completion brine management; on-location pumping safety; fracturing in high permeability formations; fracturing for sand control and frac-packing. Norman is an SPE Distinguished Member, and has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and is one of the co-authors/editors of the SPE Frac Packing Handbook.

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