18 May 2022

GENERAL MEETING | Testing XLE in the DJ Basin: A Fiberoptic Case Study

When: Wednesday May 18, 2022 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204 

Speaker:  Jessica Barhaug, Senior Reservoir Engineer – Studies & Analytics, Great Western Petroleum


Based on the successes of Extreme Limited Entry (XLE) in other basins, Great Western Petroleum (GWP) constructed a design of experiment to test XLE in the first zipper group of a two-zipper group pad.  The goal was to find a design that would yield the same production, but with less cost.  Increasing stage length provides a significant cost saving and with XLE, production should be maintained.  Based on the results from zipper one, the best design could then be implemented on the same pad in the second zipper group.  This allows for a direct comparison of hydraulic fracturing designs, minimizing geologic impact.

This study was comprised of several datasets with the primary focus being on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) using wellbore fiber optic cable.  An opportunity was seen to not just gather data, but to test the data quality of the latest deployment methods, specifically a pump-down single-use fiber optic cable.  This is a cost effective and minimal footprint option for data collection.  This project included three acquisition methods for the DAS:  1) a permanent fiber optic line cemented on the outside of the casing, 2) a wireline retrievable fiber optic line, and 3) a pump-down dissolvable single-use fiber, all deployed in three unique wellbores.  The permanent fiber optic well was used to compare the uniformity index of different completion designs.  This DAS acquisition also provided offset strain and microseismic in the first and second zipper groups.  The wireline retrievable fiber optic cable and single-use fiber optic cable deployments provided offset strain and microseismic for the wells in the first zipper group.  High level observations resulting from this project include:

  • The data quality associated with the single-use fiber looked comparable in data quality to the other fiber optic deployment methods. 
  • The Uniformity Index was high for most designs, even with stages as long as 450 ft and cluster spacing as tight as 7 ft.
  • Results from the offset strain and microseismic analysis from tighter and more clusters per stage showed less interference than what was seen with our legacy design stages
  • RTA shows that compared to a pad with similar well spacing, the production is better with the new hydraulic fracture design


Jessica is a Senior Reservoir Engineer focusing on field studies and data analytics at Great Western Petroleum.  Previously, she worked for WPX Energy as a Senior Completions Engineer in the Williston Basin, where Jessica was one of the lead engineers for a completion and spacing optimization program.  As a Completion and Production Engineer at Schlumberger, she worked a variety of technical projects, including the design, execution and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing treatments, rate transient analysis, production history matching and microseismic monitoring and evaluation.  She received her M.S. in Petroleum Engineering and B.S in Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

26 Apr 2022

SPE Denver Evaluations / Acquisitions & Divestitures (A&D) Study Group | The Mineral Space...

When: Tuesday April 26, 2022 | 11:50 am -1:00 pm

Where: Hybrid and In-person | 730 17th St B-1, Denver, CO 80202

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Title:  "The Mineral Space – The Ultimate Physical Hedge in O&G"

Speaker:  Joe Dumesnil, MD and Partner Overland Oil and Gas.


Fee acreage is an asset class unique to the United States.  Institutional interest in Mineral and Royalties on fee acreage has gained over the last 10 years as the physical endowment in acreage has been maximized on unconventional resources.  Many investors see it as one of the safest ways to play the oil and gas sector.  This talk aims to bring perspective on the topic of minerals and royalties.  What, why, and where are the risks and the returns?  How are minerals different as an asset class?  What can and cannot be controlled in the space?  These questions and more are something we will discuss as we all try to leave the study group a little more educated about this unique asset class.


Joe Dumesnil serves as a Partner and Managing Director of Geosciences and New Ventures for Overland Oil and Gas and as a Managing Member of Orchid Petroleum Advisors, LLC (OPAL).  Joe has 20 years in the petroleum industry, nine with Halliburton Company in technology implementation to achieve global economic success in wells.  Joe screens and values investment opportunities for Overland and works to optimize their portfolio.  Overland focuses on upstream asset classes with an emphasis on minerals and royalties but regularly entertains other options throughout the value chain in the broader energy sector.  Joe has an undergraduate B.A. in Geology from Denison University, an M.Sc. in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines, and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Business Management from Institut Francais du Petrol.  He serves on the boards of the Energy Tech Hub, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Mines Alumni Entrepreneurship and Innovation Interest Group.  Joe also holds accreditation as a Certified Petroleum Geologist. 

20 Apr 2022

CSM SPE Joint Session

When: Wednesday April 20, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines Campus

Speaker: Kamel Ben Naceur (2022 SPE International President), CEO at Nomadia Energy Consulting


The Joint Session, organized by the SPE Denver section and the Colorado School of Mines SPE Student chapter, is our flagship event. This year, we are honored to have Mr. Kamel Ben Naceur, current SPE International President and CEO at Nomadia Energy Consulting as our keynote speaker. The Joint session will be held on 20th April 2022 from 5 pm to 9 pm MDT at CSM Campus. A networking session will also be hosted before and after the keynote speech. Food will be served.


Kamel Ben Naceur is the 2022 SPE President. He previously served as Technical Director for Management and Information on the SPE Board of Directors. He is President of Nomadia Energy Consulting. He has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and, prior to taking the position with ADNOC in 2017, was director of sustainable energy policies and technologies with the International Energy Agency. Mr. Ben Naceur held several positions at Schlumberger including vice president of technology, chief economist, and vice president of CO2 solutions and services. He is an author or coauthor of 15 books and more than 120 articles. Mr. Ben Naceur received degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique in France and Ecole Normale Superieure with an aggregation of mathematics.

29 Mar 2022

SPE Gaia Sustainability Study Group | Measure what matters

When: Tuesday March 29, 2022 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where: Zoom

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Speaker:  James Crompton Professor of Practice, Petroleum Engineering (Colorado School of Mines)

Discussion Topics:

Everyone is talking about methane emissions. The purpose of this talk is to help the SPE membership understand why methane emissions are important and what we all can do about this issue.  Methane, the chief component of natural gas, is released during oil and gas extraction and leaks into the atmosphere from the various pieces of equipment on an oil and gas site, such as storage tanks, valves, fittings, and pipelines.  The purpose of methane measurement technologies is twofold: to detect leaks so they can be fixed, and to figure out if those efforts are paying off in methane reductions in the atmosphere. 



Jim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years with the major international oil & gas company. After moving from Houston to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for Exploration and Production industry.

Jim was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.” He is a frequent speaker at SPE conferences on Digital/Intelligent Energy and the Data Foundation. His interests lie in the full spectrum of the information value chain from data capture, data management, data visualization, data access, modeling and analytics, simulations and serious gaming.

Jim graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering in 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976) before joining Chevron in Denver, Colorado.  He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas).

In 1999, Crompton was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the API electronic commerce subcommittee. Jim was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the energy industry. Crompton worked on the IT merger integration organization study team in 2001 as part of the Chevron & Texaco merger which developed the IT organization structure and IT strategic direction for the corporation where he received a President’s Award for this activity.

In acknowledgement of his contributions in applications of information technology to business problems and in working to develop industry standards in electronic data exchange, Jim was named a Chevron Fellow in 2002 and served as the chair of the Fellows Network from 2006-2008.

In 2017, Jim was named as the PNEC Cornerstone award winner for career accomplishments in data management. Jim was also selected to be on the board of the SPE Digital Energy Technology Section (DETS) and is chair of the Digital Transformation committee under DETS.

16 Mar 2022

GENERAL MEETING | Real-World Applications of Data Science to Hydraulic Fracture Data

When: Wednesday March 16, 2022 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204 

Speaker: Jessica Iriarte, Petroleum Engineer, Senior Manager of Data Science at Vroom


Data science uses algorithms and statistics to generate knowledge and insights from data. While Oil and Gas has, at times, been at the forefront of large-scale data analysis, it has struggled with implementing data science more broadly. Some of the challenges our industry faces include poor quality and siloed data, archaic data management processes, and the lack of collaboration between data scientists and subject matter experts (engineers/geoscientists).

The applications for machine learning and data science are boundless but knowing where to start can be daunting. How do you design, prototype, and deploy models to critical end-users? Using a lean start-up approach taken from real-world experiences, this talk provides a starting point to help organizations successfully plan, implement, and launch a data science program. Data science applications to hydraulic fracturing data will be used to showcase these effective workflows and best practices. The workflows shown in this presentation can be applied to other time-series or depth datasets that exist in the industry (drilling, logging, production data, etc.). Participants will walk away with an understanding of best practices around data science and learn how to leverage efforts to gain valuable insights from time-series data.     


Jessica Iriarte is a Sr. Manager of Data Science at Vroom, an e-commerce company that enables consumers to buy, sell, and finance cars online. Before Vroom, Jessica launched and grew the data science team at Well Data Labs, serving as a subject matter expert to bridge the technical gap between engineers and data scientists. She led the development of robust models for time-series sensor data, work that resulted in several patent-pending technologies. She holds BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering and has +10 years of experience in data science, research, and completions. Jessica served as the SPE Denver Chairperson, received the 2018 Denver Business Journal Top Women in Energy Award, and the 2020 SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award.

11 Mar 2022

SPE YP Denver | Annual Ski Fast Energy Bash

When: Friday March 11th-13th, 2022

Where: Winter Park Resort, Colorado

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-ski-fast-energy-bash-tickets-229072200117


Welcome to the annual Ski Fast Energy Bash hosted by SPE International's Denver Section! If you're a ski or snowboard enthusiast in the oil & gas or energy industry, you won't want to this blast of an event! This year we'll be taking over the slopes of Winter Park on March 11th-13th, with tons of skiing, food, drinks, fun, and great company throughout the weekend!

We'll have a ski bus traveling up on Friday from downtown Denver, with the Main Event Après Ski Party on Friday afternoon. Several other events and networking opportunities are planned for the remainder of the weekend, including a restaurant take-over Saturday night and the now infamous shirts-optional ski run Saturday afternoon!Registration this year is a-la-carte. You have the option to take the bus up-and-back on Friday for a single day of skiing and Après, or to stay the weekend and enjoy the slopes, great people, and exciting events through Sunday. After purchasing your event tickets and/or bus tickets on this page, be sure to separately book your lodging and lift tickets. We will not be arranging lodging this year, but are always happy to help connect you with other in the group looking for weekend roommates. Take a look at our lodging recommendations below for additional ideas and suggestions, but be sure to book soon, as lodging options are filling up fast! Feel free to reach out to SPE YP Chair Andrew Johnson () with any questions.We also have plenty of opportunities to sponsor! Please reach out directly to Andrew () for more details. Note to sponsors: in order to have your logo on the branded neck gaiters and all ski trip posters, you must purchase your sponsorship and submit your logo no later than Feb. 14th, 2021.We look forward to seeing you again this year for the Ski Fast Energy Bash 2022!!!-SPE Denver, Young Professionals

25 Feb 2022

SPE | 42nd Annual Winter Racquetball / Handball Tournament

When: Friday February 25, 2022 | 12:30 pm

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

Join us for an afternoon of fun, competition and socializing. All levels of play are welcome; typically there will be 4 different skill divisions, from novice through A/B.

Cost to enter: $35.00 (all net proceeds go to the SPE scholarship fund). Includes after tourney banquet with drinks, appetizers, awards and door prizes.

Information and registration available on the Denver SPE website, at: https://denverspe.org/

Sponsorships will be:  Platinum $1000, Gold $500, Silver $300.

For more information about sponsorship please contact the tournament organizer (John) at: jarsenault@bayswater.us

22 Feb 2022

COMPLETIONS STUDY GROUP| Sand Control vs Unconventional: When Does Completion Technology Overlap?

When: Tuesday February 22, 2022 | 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Where: Dominion Tower (Courtesy of EOG Resources) | 600 17th Street Suite 2300 Denver, CO 80202

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Speaker: Raymond Tibbles, Technical Advisor at DuneFront


In general reservoirs requiring sand control are quite different from unconventional reservoirs. Sand Control reservoirs are generally very high permeability (100's to 1000's of mD) vs the extremely low Nano Darcy permeability of unconventionals.  There are some areas where completion technologies overlap:

·        Many sand control wells are completed as high angle to horizontal open hole (ignoring the screen)

·        In these horizontals, in many instances gravel is placed using brine

·        In cased vertical wells, gravel packs are placed using brine at high rate above fracturing pressure

These similarities may provide some common ground where technology/understanding from one domain can be used in the other.  This talk won't provide any answers but, it will discuss some of these overlapping areas


Ray is a Technical Advisor for DuneFront based in the USA with over 40 years of experience in sand control and hydraulic fracturing, working to support DuneFront’s internal and external technical projects. Prior to joining DuneFront, he worked globally for Schlumberger and Cairn India in field operations, engineering, marketing, and technical support roles. He is 35-year active member of SPE, receiving multiple awards while also co-chairing and assisting numerous workshops and forums. He was a Distinguished lecturer in 2009/10 and 2020/21 and received the Distinguished Member award in 2011.   Ray  has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Michigan Technological University, has authored 29 technical publications and is the main inventor or co-inventor in 12 patents.

16 Feb 2022

GENERAL MEETING | Reduce Downtime and Improve Economics through Artificial Lift Life Cycle

When: Wednesday February 16, 2021 | 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204 

Speaker:  Subash Kannan, Program Manager – Production Enhancement, Occidental Oil & Gas 


Artificial lift is a key component in oil and gas production.  Most of the unconventional wells end up in some form of Artificial lift in 2-3 years of their life.  Artificial lift related failure is one of the major attributes for unplanned downtime.  Managing artificial lift performance/ failure becomes very crucial for improved economics.  Due to rapid decline of the pressure and the flow rates in unconventional wells, understanding the well performance becomes key for optimization of the artificial lift.  With dropping well productivity and well becoming older, the maintenance and associated costs increases.  The only way to keep up with the efficiency is to reduce the operating cost (by reducing downtime, failures).  A process can be applied to cover the life cycle of the Artificial lift which includes selection or re-selection, redesign and proactive management of the lift system.

We discuss how an integrated life cycle approach for artificial lift is key and how it impacts the value to any organization influencing the bottom-line ($).  We highlight on how the production losses could be managed better and how technology is not being leveraged to the potential.  We will discuss examples and methodologies to estimate the well performance in Unconventional reservoirs for Artificial lift management.  The key take-away – Understanding and managing the Artificial lift performance is vital for well’s downtime reduction / uptime reliability.  A Life cycle approach for Artificial lift is worth considering from the field development stage.


Subash K Kannan has 18 years experience in the petroleum industry with 15 years in reservoir, production, operations (onshore/ offshore-GoM/International).  At Anadarko’s Technology team, he strategically focused on well performance and (artificial lift) life cycle of unconventional wells and was one of the founder members of APC’s digital oil field.  He is currently the Program Manager for Production Enhancement across all Oxy’s Gulf of Mexico assets.  Previously, at Weatherford, he managed Nodal analysis and real-time optimization tools and his experience with Ziff Energy Group involved operating cost and artificial lift benchmarking. Mr. Kannan is one of the Oxy Subject Matter Experts for production Engineering and in-house trainer for his top-rated Well Performance analysis.  Mr. Kannan holds bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.  Mr. Kannan served in the SPE-GCS board from 2010-2014 and is an active contributor to the varied committees of SPE GCS.  

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