Unconventional Stimulation and Well Placement

Production and Operations >•	Drilling and Completions Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


  1. Introduction: What is the current status of the Unconventional Resources Development
  2. Background: How is the various Unconventional Resources differing? The difference between shale, tight formations, and coal seam gas (CSG)
  3. Shale Sweet Spots: How are they different from Conventional Sweet Spot analysis and identification for Wells and Frac stages
  4. Current Common Practices
    1. Well Placement and Geometric Frac Placement
    2. Formation Evaluation and Lateral Characterization Practices
    3. Drilling Practices
    4. Hydraulic Fracturing Practices
    5. Mechanical Completion Practices
  5. Optimizing Well Placement and Hydraulic Fracturing
    1. An Asset Life Cycle approach for an integrated solution
    2. Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Characterization
    3. Drilling
    4. Hydraulic Fracturing
    5. Mechanical Completion
    6. Rejuvenation considerations as part of the life cycle approach
  6. Examples of Application of this Optimization Methodology
    1. Shale Formation Evaluation Case History, Woodford Shale, Oklahoma, US
    2. Drilling in the Eagle Ford Formation, South Texas, US
    3. Pilot well design, drilling, completion, and evaluation in Middle East
    4. Drilling in the Utica, Ohio, US
    5. LWD High Resolution Resistivity Imaging Tool evaluation to boost 25+% production
    6. Drilling, evaluation, and frac treatment of Tarim Basin wells in China
    7. Concluding remarks and discussion on application of technology in Australia

Learning Level

Intermediate, Advanced

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

  • Understand the fundamentals associated with unconventional resource development
  • Familiarise with the associated technologies needed to develop unconventional resource

Who Should Attend

  • All drilling, completion, reservoir engineers, supervisors and managers
  • All Executives making technical, commercial, and logistic decisions


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Usman Ahmed

With more than three decades of petroleum engineering experience, Usman Ahmed is Baker Hughes’ Vice President and Chief Reservoir Engineer. He leads Baker Hughes’ reservoir-driven and integrated solution approach to Unconventional Resources Business Unit (URBU) Globally. Ahmed joined Baker Hughes in 2010 and has previously worked for Schlumberger, TerraTek, and ran his own reservoir and production engineering consulting firm— Energy Resources International. He holds a B. Sc. and M. Sc. (both in Petroleum Engineering) from Texas A&M University. He is the SPE 2013-2014 Distinguished Speaker on “Unconventional Resources Development”. Looked to as a technical and professional industry leader, Ahmed has two patents and is the author and co-author of more than 100 industry papers and textbooks and has been invited to numerous events as key note speakers and panelist.