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25 Apr 2019 REGISTER

COMPLETIONS STUDY GROUP| Anti-Collision Best Practices...

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.

Where: Halliburton, 1125 17th Street, Suite 1900

Title: Anti-Collision Best Practices for Drilling Across Pre-Existing Horizontal Wellbores

Speakers: Rachel Grande, Sr. Geologist & Erin Britton, Petroleum Engineer, Sundance Energy, LLC.

15 May 2019 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Developing the Next Generation of Completion Engineers

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Mark L. Van Domelen, Vice President of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions.


As the development of oil and gas reservoirs continues around the world, the need for innovative solutions to economically produce these reservoirs remains as strong as ever. Building a talent base within an organization is paramount for this task. The successful exploitation of these often- challenging plays will require completion engineers who can implement new technologies and function within a multidisciplinary work environment. This presentation will describe technical training options and available resources for developing high performing completion engineers within an organization. A case study of an advanced engineering training program implemented within a major service company will be presented, along with recommendations for external training and development programs.

Our industry faces several challenges related to advanced engineering training and technology application including generation gaps brought about from industry downturns, global expansion of unconventional reservoir plays, cost constraints, and the complex nature of the reservoirs we work in today.   Companies that recognize this changing landscape and focus their efforts on engineering development will be rewarded with a more productive workforce, higher retention of their technical employees, and a more seamless transition through the years ahead.

Speaker Bio:

Mark Van Domelen is an industry-recognized expert in hydraulic fracturing and well completion methods.  He is currently the Vice President of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions, and worked for Halliburton for 31 years in a variety of roles including engineering, technology, operations management, supply chain, and training positions.  Nearly half of Mark’s career has been spent in international positions in The Netherlands, Angola, Egypt and Denmark.  Mark has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a member of SPE since joining the industry in 1984.  He has authored or co-authored 17 industry papers and has served on several committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

A few of Mark’s major accomplishments include his involvement on several startup hydraulic fracturing projects in frontier areas such as Kuwait, Oman, Thailand, Poland and West Africa, startup of a new technology center in the Netherlands, becoming the first category manager in Halliburton for global sourcing of proppants, and advancing well stimulation operations in Africa as the Regional Manager.

Mark is passionate about training young professionals and spent the past several years developing and implementing an advanced engineering training program called the College of Completions Engineering for Halliburton engineers in the area of unconventional reservoirs. He has also recently published two SPE papers on the topic of multidisciplinary training, and participates as a mentor for young engineers through the SPE Trailblazer and E-Mentoring programs.


6 Jun 2019 REGISTER

SPE | Summer Social

When: Thursday June 6, 2019 | 4:30 p.m.

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

Come and celebrate with the Denver Section to kick off summer. Meet 25+ year members, mingle with the board, enjoy the food, music. There will be dorr prizes. Ticket includes 2 drink tickets.

Price: $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 walkin


17 Apr 2019

CSM | Joint Session and Networking Event

When: Wednesday April 17, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Level 3, Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St, Denver, CO 80202

Colorado School of Mines students will have the opportunity to present their work as posters, at this networking happy hour. Come down and mingle with the students, vote on best in show and have a drink with colleagues

Sponsored by: Antero Resources


17 Apr 2019

SPE | Awards Lunch and 2020 President Keynote

When: Wednesday April 17, 2019 | 11:30

Where: Level 3, Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St, Denver, CO 80202

Shauna Noonan the 2020 SPEi President will be giving the Keynote address at the Denver Section and Rocky Mountain Regional awards lunch.

Sponsored by: TD Geosteering




17 Apr 2019

DAPUB 2019 | Denver Advanced Practices in Unconventional Basins

When:  April 17-18, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton - Downtown Convention Center | 1420 Stout St. Denver, CO 80202

The Society of Petroleum Engineers Denver Section is pleased to host the Advanced Practices in Unconventional Basins covering key topics and challenges in Unconventional Basins, geared towards professionals with experience in these types of basins.

Plan to attend to learn from the experts in Unconventional Basins and Technologies. The event will feature extended technical sessions and multiple networking opportunities.

Link: DAPUB 2019

11 Apr 2019

CSM | SPE Clayshoot Fundraiser

When: Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.

Where: Kiowa Creek Sporting Club 46700 Country Rd 30, Bennett, CO 80102

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The Colorado School of Mines SPE Student Chapter presents their 2019 Clayshoot Fundraiser.

10 Apr 2019

SPE YP | Lunch & Learn: Consistent Hole Diameter Perforation Charge Technology

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 11:30 AM

Where: Halliburton 1125 17th St Suite 1900, Denver, CO 80202

Speaker: Craig Beveridge, Well Solutions Manager, Owen Oil Tools

Perforating for Refracturing  Operations


It is not a stretch to say that horizontal unconventional wells have changed the discipline of perforating in ways not many could have envisioned years ago. There have been many attempts to come to market with “THE” perforating system for unconventional wells. Some systems have shown promise and for others the jury is still out but it would be difficult to argue that consistent hole size perforating systems don’t make sense.  In many basins, consistent hole size perforating systems have become the standard for new well completions.

As production from many of the earlier unconventional wells has declined, the desire to revitalize those wells is leading to a new industry subset we will refer to as REFRAC. We will discuss the importance of consistent hole size perforations in REFRAC wells and the need for systems designed specifically to meet new challenges presented by the various techniques being used to refracture unconventional wells.

Speakers Bio:

Craig Beveridge is the Well Solutions Manager for the Owen Oil Tools business unit of Core Laboratories where he assists clients in choosing the correct perforating solutions for their completion challenges. Craig also acts as a liaison with operating companies providing technical information, teaching various courses and working to develop new solutions to enhance perforating system performance in a variety of applications.

Mr. Beveridge’s career spans over 37 years in a number of positions within the perforating discipline, beginning with a start in the wireline cased hole service business with NL McCullough in 1982 and continuing on to his present day assignment.

In addition to his wide ranging technical support knowledge Craig is a subject matter expert concerning oilfield explosive safety and has travelled the world providing training to service companies and operators alike about American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 67 (API RP 67).  The list of courses he has taught is extensive and includes The Science and Technology of Explosives and Nodal Analysis. Craig has authored articles in several publications and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Muskingum College.

RSVP Link: YP Lunch & Learn

28 Mar 2019

COMPLETIONS STUDY GROUP| Using Well Heterogeneity as Advantage...

When: Thursday March 28, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.

Where: Halliburton | 1125 17th Street, Suite 1900

Title: "Using Well Heterogeneity as Advantage to Designing Stage Specific Diverter Strategies"

Speaker: Kevin Wutherich, CTO, Drill2Frac

When hydraulically fracturing a horizontal wellbore with multiple perforation clusters, the fluid being pumped into the reservoir will preferentially take the path of least resistance. Perforations that are located in the lowest stressed rocks will take a larger amount of fluid, and those perforations located in highest stressed rocks will receive less, or in some cases none.  One of the ways that engineers are trying to overcome these differences is the use of diverters.  A fluid diverter is typically inserted at some point within a hydraulic fracturing pump schedule to seal off dominant fractures, allowing fluid to flow into under-stimulated fractures.

The problem with this methodology is that without reservoir knowledge, operators rely on rules of thumb developed through trial and error to determine when and how much diverter to use. Data has shown how this methodology can be ineffective, leaving some clusters over stimulated and others under-stimulated.  Anecdotal evidence also supports these concerns because equally sized diverter slugs do not always have equal pressure response. This talk will discuss a methodology that examines well heterogeneity, and designs the diversion strategy based on the rock properties within each fracturing stage.  In addition to rock properties, the method proposed utilizes stress shadows, perforation design, and modified pump schedules to ensure equal cluster stimulation in diverter applications.

The result of this workflow is a tool that has been used to maximize the effectiveness of diverters which has shown, through several case studies that will be discussed, to result in better producing wells at lower completions cost.


Kevin has 19 years of industry experience as an operator and in the service industry. Before joining Drill2Frac as the Chief Technology Officer, where he has worked for the last 2 years, he was the Director of Completions at Rice Energy. Before that he held multiple positions including Stimulation Domain Expert over a twelve-year career at Schlumberger.  He is the lead inventor on six patents related to fracturing procedures and tools. He has authored many SPE papers and contributed to several industry publications primarily focused on shale completions, as well as winning multiple industry awards. Most recently, Mr. Wutherich’s invention, “Engineered Diversion Strategy”, was selected as the World Oil Awards “2018 Best Completion Technology”. Kevin received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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