20 Jan 2020 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Spring 2020 Jack England Pass

When: Denver Atheltic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO

Denver SPE members who would like to pre-pay for the Spring 2020 General Meeting lineup may now do so through the purchase of a Jack England Pass. This $130 pass represents a discount below normal admission rate and provides access to the January, February, March and May General Meetings including the Joint Session meeting on April 2020 . If a pass holder is unable to attend a pre-paid meeting, they can transfer the pass to another member by contacting denversection@spemail.org

22 Jan 2020 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | 2020 Industry Trends/Update

When: Wednesday January 22, 2020 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO

Speaker: Bernadette Johnson,Vice President of Strategic Analytics, Enverus (DrillingInfo)


This presentation will explore the Trends to Watch in 2020 that will drive prices natural gas, crude, and natural gas liquids.  Specific topics will include: sanctions, trade wars, global economic concerns, US production growth and exports, changing technologies, the growth of renewables, spacing dynamics, and the push towards capital discipline.   


Bernadette Johnson serves as Vice President, Strategic Analytics for Enverus (DrillingInfo) and is responsible for helping to grow and expand Enverus’ analytics offerings.  She joined the company through the acquisition of products and services from Ponderosa Advisors.  With over 11 years’ experience in the energy industry, Bernadette has earned the reputation of industry expert with extensive experience providing crude, natural gas, and NGL fundamentals analysis and advisory services to various players in the North American and Global energy markets.  A regular commentator for and speaker to the energy industry, her specific market expertise spans: financial trading, production forecasts, demand forecasts by sector, infrastructure analysis, midstream analysis, storage value analysis, and price forecasts. Prior to joining Ponderosa, and now DI, Bernadette was Senior Research Analyst for Sasco Energy Partners in Westport, CT where she provided analytics and research support for a team of financial traders active in natural gas, power and oil futures markets. Bernadette began her career with BENTEK Energy, LLC as a Senior Energy Analyst, Natural Gas Market Fundamentals and consulting project team lead.  In addition to her current role at Drilling Info, Bernadette remains a partner and shareholder in Ponderosa Advisors' remaining businesses.   Bernadette holds a MS Degree in International Political Economy of Resources and a BS Degree in Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines.


19 Feb 2020 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) for Unconventional Reservoirs: The Next Big Thing?

When: Wednesday February 19, 2020 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO

Speaker: Dr. Todd Hoffman, Associate Professor, Montana Tech 


Unconventional reservoirs have had tremendous success over the last decade due to technical advances including long horizontal wells and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing; however, their potential may be even higher.  There are trillions of barrels of oil in these resources, and while wells start out at high rates, they decline quickly and primary recovery factors are low, often in the single digits. This clearly indicates a need for some form of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) for these types of reservoirs.In this presentation, the efforts to implement EOR in unconventional reservoirs will be examined in full detail. A number of different injection fluids have been proposed including miscible gas, water and surfactants. Early work focused on modeling and lab studies, and this provided a base of knowledge that was leveraged to carry out pilot field studies. Pilots have been implemented in at least four basins, and the Bakken and Eagle Ford have both had multiple field trials. Huff-n-puff natural gas injection has been shown to be very successful in the Eagle Ford, and today, large-scale field development is occurring there.

Because most of the field trials have been completed in North America, the examples presented are mainly from there; however, as these techniques are reproduced in other basins, the worldwide potential is enormous, and that potential also is discussed in the presentation.

While much has been achieved over the last decade in unconventional reservoirs, implementing EOR in these types of reservoirs will likely bring about even greater success.


Todd Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech. He teaches classes on Reservoir Simulation, Enhanced Oil Recovery, and Unconventional Reservoirs. Prior to that, he was a reservoir engineering consultant to the oil and gas industry. Todd has worked on reservoir models for more than 30 fields on six continents, and has published over 50 technical papers. His research involves improved recovery for conventional and unconventional reservoirs, fractured reservoir modeling and history matching. Todd received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

21 Feb 2020

SPE | 40th Annual Winter Racquetball/Handball Tournament

When: Friday February 21, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO

Register here

All skill levels, prizes in each level

Cost $35 ($20 students) includes banquet with driks, food, awards, door prizes.

Sponsorship available

6 Mar 2020

YP SPE | Annual SPE Ski Fast Energy Bash 2020

When: March 6 - 8, 2020 | 6:00 a.m.

Where: Keystone Resort, Colorado

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Welcome to the annual Energy Industry Ski Trip! This year, SPE, DAPL, AND YPE are partnering up to make a true Energy Industry Ski Bash! We're electrifying the slopes this year with a level of energy and enthusiasm that's more rigorous than a surface use agreement, hotter than 1,700 MMBTU clean, Colorado natural gas, and (you'd better believe it) much more exciting than watching solar panels track the sun on a single axis!

We'll have a ski bus traveling up on Friday, après ski party Friday, and other networking opportunities for the remainder of the weekend (including the now famous shirtless closing run on Saturday - Snow or Shine).

Registration this year is a-la-carte. You can have a fun ski day on Friday OR stay for the entire weekend! If you plan to ski for all 3 days, make sure to buy 3 lift tickets. The over 30 year tradition of the après ski party on Friday will be hosted at the base of Keystone in Warren Station. Feel free to attend even if you don't ski!

If you don't take the bus up on Friday, then be sure to pick up your lift tickets prior to March 1 from Tabatha at the DAPL offices: 910 16th Street, Suite 223, Denver, Co 80202 (dapl@dapldenver.org). Registration closes on February 14, 2019 ... don't miss the window!

We have plenty of opportunities to sponsor! Descriptions for each of these options is in the ticket section. If you would like to mail a check instead of registering online (to avoid fees), please email Mark (mark.hinaman@gmail.com; 970-629-0668) at SPE or Courtney Ahuja (courtneyahuja@gmail.com; 214-662-7696) at DAPL.

18 Dec 2019

GENERAL MEETING | Frac Trends in Liquid-Rich Basin

When: Wednesday December 18, 2019 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO

Speaker: Dr. Leen Weijers, Vice President of Engineering, Liberty Oilfield Services LLC


This presentation reviews how the industry achieved a step-change in reducing service delivery cost through innovation and efficiency, allowing sustained economic development of unconventional resources at decreasing breakeven production costs.  Technological changes, as assisted by a better understanding through frac diagnostics, integrated modeling and statistical analysis have enabled the large cost reduction to commercially produce a barrel of oil.  As a result, shale frac designs have focused on higher intensity completions with tighter stage and cluster spacing, improved diversion through extreme limited entry perforation design and simultaneous and zipper frac’ing, increasing proppant mass per well, utilizing next-generation frac fluids to increase produced water recycling and using cheaper lower-quality proppant.  At the same time, the environmental footprint of oil & gas production has been shrinking and will continue to do so as operational changes continue to make our industry a better neighbor, for example through faster well construction utilizing fewer pad locations, development of quiet fleets, greener frac chemistry, frac focus disclosure, etc.  Together, oil and gas operators and their service providers have used technology & innovation to improve efficiencies and increase the overall daily pump time per frac crew.  However, there is plenty of room for further improvements in technology and efficiency.


Dr. Leen Weijers is Vice President of Engineering at Liberty Oilfield Services LLC and served as its Business Manager at Liberty’s founding. Leen worked at Pinnacle Technologies from 1995 to 2011, where he oversaw development of the industry’s most widely used fracture growth simulator, FracproPT. He was Pinnacle’s Rocky Mountain Regional Manager from 2007 - 2011. Leen completed his doctoral research at the Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.  His focus was on fracture growth model experiments to investigate the interaction of hydraulic fracture systems with horizontal and deviated wells.


17 Dec 2019

SPE YP | Tropical Holiday Shindig

When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.

Where: American Bonded | 2706 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

‘Tis the season to be merry, and kick off the holidays at the Tropical Christmas Shindig. Feel the warmth with your fellow YPs as SPE YP & EPIC (SEG) team up to bring you food, drinks and cheer. Register now to secure your spot, space is limited! We will be gathering at American Bonded, Tuesday Dec 17th at 7:30pm.

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11 Dec 2019

SPE YP | Lunch and Learn: Design Solutions to Challenges Petroleum Operators Face

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services | 1950 17th St, Suite 2400, Denver, CO

Speaker: Dr. William W. Fleckenstein, Colorado School of Mines - EREP Director of Strategic Relationships and Enterprises

The Colorado School of Mines is developing a series of technologies to address challenges to operators using senior design teams through the Capstone Program. These challenges include verifying aquifers are sealed by surface casing using a simple pressure test while cleaning out the shoe track to building tractors to lengthen the reach of first coiled tubing but then open hole laterals, or to develop a single large ball frac sleeve to compete with Plug and Perf. These technologies will be discussed, upcoming projects to address further challenges, such as the use of drones for flowline inspection, and the process operators can take to propose a challenge for the Capstone Program and then how to support a team to solve that challenge.


William W. Fleckenstein currently serves as the EREP Director of Strategic Relationships and Enterprises. He was appointed in 2000 as an Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, where he also served as Interim Department Head 2012-2014. He holds BSc, ME, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Mines. He has 33 years’ experience in primarily drilling, completions and workovers, with direct experience on over 200 wells, was involved in planning his first horizontal well in 1990 and is a Registered Engineer in California. Dr. Fleckenstein was a co-PI on a comprehensive three-year study funded by the US National Science Foundation examining the impacts of nearly 18,000 wells drilled in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2017-18 and received the 2019 SPE Rocky Mountain Region Completions Optimization and Technology Award. Dr. Fleckenstein was a founder of FracOPTIMAL, and is currently active developing new fracturing and downhole tractor technologies.


Lunch will be provided.


21 Nov 2019

RESERVOIR STUDY GROUP | Application of Reservoir Simulation to Unconventional Reservoirs

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Halliburton Office | 1127 17th St, Suite 1900


Numerical reservoir simulation, when properly employed, is the most robust tool available for supporting decisions making in unconventional reservoirs.  It can be used to estimate number of wells per DSU, horizontal and vertical well placement, hydraulic fracturing optimization, sequence of fracture treatments for pad completions, parent child well interaction, and placement of infill wells in the areas of depletion, re-fracturing and EOR design and implementation.

 It is no longer adequate to simulate and forecast single well simulations to estimate a well’s EUR. The vertical and lateral complexities of the unconventional resource, the timing of neighboring well fracture treatments, and nearby well production all impact the performance of individual wells and the pad. These phenomena can only be properly captured in multi-well simulation models that account for the fracture treatment timing, along with well pressure and production rate responses.

 Dual-porosity reservoir simulation integrated with geomechanical features which capture both SRV generation during hydraulic fracturing and the SRV geometry changes during production is the most applicable modeling technique to address the complexities associated with unconventional resources.

 In this seminar the application of physics based reservoir modeling and simulation for unconventional reservoirs will be discussed.  The predictive capabilities of such models will be demonstrated with field examples.


Tuba Firincioglu is the Director of Operations and Reservoir Studies at NITEC LLC.  Her professional experience has focused on the application of reservoir engineering technologies to the resolution of complex reservoir development programs. Since 1998, she has performed or managed over 100 reservoir studies involving dry gas, gas condensate, volatile oil, and black-oil fields; including modeling and design of many conventional and unconventional EOR applications. Her experience covers most geological environments from fluvial sands to carbonates.

Dr. Firincioglu is an expert in numerical simulation of fractured reservoirs and fluid PVT behavior under confinement.  She has been involved in unconventional oil and gas resources since 2009 and has worked on all the major unconventional basins in the United States.  During this period, she also designed and taught Unconventional Reservoir simulation courses to train operators’ personnel on Unconventional Modeling Workflow, LYNX Software, Sensor and 6X simulators.

Dr. Firincioglu holds a B.S. degree from Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. degree from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree from Colorado School of Mines - all in Petroleum Engineering.

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