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3 Aug 2018


All proceeds benefit the Denver SPE Scholarship Fund, with over $20,000 donated in 2017!

 Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Format: Four-person scramble

Location: The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Tournament Information: Each foursome will play one round with a Shotgun start time of either 7:30am or 1:00pm depending on your selected preference. Sponsors will receive first preference on Tee Times.

Tee times will be guaranteed ONE month prior to the tournament and not before!

Fees: $800 per foursome – includes breakfast/lunch for morning tee times or lunch/dinner for afternoon tee times. Door and Skill prize drawings take place following each round.

Sponsorships: We offer four levels of sponsorship donation. Those companies generously donating $1,500 or more will receive the ultimate recognition as a Platinum Sponsor. Likewise, companies donating $1,000, $500 or $200 will be recognized as Gold, Silver, or Bronze sponsors. The sponsoring companies will be recognized at the tournament and in the SPE Newsletter.

Registration will only be open to sponsors until May 15th. At that time registration will open to non-sponsors.


22 Aug 2018

PARTNER ORGANIZATION EVENT | COGA's Energy Summit: Growth. Expectations. Opportunities

When: August 20-22, 2018

Where: Colorado Convention Center | 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202


The Energy Summit proudly enters its 30th year with a focus on “Growth. Expectations. Opportunities.” Will the innovations and advancements of tomorrow solve the issues that industry is grappling with today in board rooms, on investor calls, in political circles, and on the global stage? Over two days, our speakers will explore the growth opportunities afforded to industry, the expectations that come with domestic and global leadership and the opportunities to provide a cleaner energy future, a safer industry and a better world.

SPE Members, use discount code SPE-MEMBER for 10% off of your registration!

8 Oct 2018 REGISTER

CONTINUING EDUCATION | Production Forecasts and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Reservoirs

When: Monday, October 8th - Tuesday October 9th, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: TBD

Cost -

Members: $1400

Non-Members: $1800

Registration Cutoff Date: September 25th, 2018 | 5:00 PM

Training Course Description

This course teaches the skills and understanding needed to forecast production and estimate reserves in unconventional (ultra-low permeability) oil and gas reservoirs. The course emphasizes “simple” production decline models appropriate for routine forecasting for hundreds of wells in short periods of time. Both tight oil and gas reservoirs, such as shales resources, are discussed.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 or 2 Days

Why Attend?

There are various ways to forecast production and estimate the size of unconventional gas reservoirs. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each decline model and how to develop reliable forecasts in this course.

Who Should Attend

The course is for engineers and geoscientists who are interested in learning how to evaluate unconventional reservoirs.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class. 


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements. 

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page:


W. John Lee is Professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He previously held the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair at the University of Houston’s petroleum engineering program. Prior to this, Lee held the L.F. Peterson Chair and was Regent’s Professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He was the former executive vice president of S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering for unconventional gas reservoirs. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007–2008, and was a principal architect of the new SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves.

Prior to beginning his career in academia, Lee managed Exxon’s Major Fields Study Group. He has written many technical papers and co-authored four SPE textbooks: Well Testing, Gas Reservoir Engineering, Pressure Transient Testing, and Applied Well Test Interpretation. He is also co-author of SPEE Monograph 4, Estimating Ultimate Recovery of Developed Wells in Low Permeability Reservoirs. Lee is an Honorary Member of SPE and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received his BChE, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Other Courses by Instructor

26 Feb 2019 REGISTER

CONTINUING EDUCATION | Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions

When: Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: TBD


Members: $1400

Non-Members: $1800

Registration Cutoff: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019


This course is designed to give trainees an overview of various artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. After introducing participants to the need for an artificial lift system, training will focus on each of the following lift methods: Gas lift, Reciprocating Rod Lift, Progressing Cavity Pumping, Hydraulic Pumping, Electrical Submersible Pumping, Plunger and Capillary System. For each lift type, the course covers main components, application envelope, relative strengths and weaknesses. Animations, field cases, and example-calculations are used to reinforce concepts. A unique feature of this course is discussion on digital oil field as applicable to lift optimization. The course will close with a discussion session wherein trainees would discuss their challenges and plans for lift systems with a view to understand applicability of the concepts learned during the training.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced, depending on course length selected.

Course Length

2-5 Days (The course length may be adjusted to meet the learning level of the target audience.)

Why You Should Attend 

Every oil and gas well requires a lift mechanism at some time-point. Often times during a well’s life cycle, changing conditions, necessitate switching from one to another lift method. Each lift system’s applicability often overlaps with other lift systems and it is important to understand when to use one and why not to use another. This course while providing instructions at awareness level will arm attendees with sufficient details to participate in informative decision making process.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning about lift systems application. Production and field operations engineers, operators, geoscientists, and reservoir engineers who wish to understand the implications of lift systems on their field/reservoirs.

Special Requirements

Calculator for example calculations.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements. 

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page:


Dr. Rajan Chokshi works as Optimizer for Accutant Solutions of Houston – A training and consulting services provider for production optimization. 

In a career spanning over 30 years, Chokshi has worked on petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design, and production optimization in oil and gas industries for national oil company and service providers. He continues to consult and teach professional courses in these areas. His interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally, technology integration and commercialization.  

Dr. Chokshi is a Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 year. He also serves on the SPE global committees for training and production awards. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT-Kanpur, India respectively; and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.


Other Courses by Instructor

5 Jun 2018


When: June 5, 2018 | 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Where: The Denver Athletic Club Rooftop |1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80204 

Price: $20 (pre-registered)

Onsite cost $30 at the door


Join us for a fun evening to celebrate with fellow members another great SPE season, learn about all the benefits of being an SPE member. An event to kick off summer by celebrating our members and recognizing volunteers. Join us for games, music, food, drinks, and prizes!

29 May 2018

DRILLING STUDY GROUP | Pushing Long Lateral Drilling Limits

When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Schlumberger Offices | Suite 700 | 1675 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202

Abstract: Lateral lengths in North America are pushing the limits of what was previously thought possible or economical in an unconventional market. Drilling laterals exceeding 20,000 horizontal feet requires precise directional control. Maintaining strict lateral spacing maximizes resource recovery, and reducing tortuosity allows for more choices in completions design. However, these drilling goals can sometimes conflict.

Rotary steerable technology is one solution, enabling precise trajectory control at high ROP and allowing operators to reduce tophole costs and increase lateral lengths without compromising completion design. Schlumberger achieves this via closed loop hold inclination and azimuth control (HIA) with PowerDrive Orbit. HIA allows for lower tortuosity, fewer downlinks, and less steering actions to keep a smooth trajectory. This has significant positive benefits when considering future casing and completions designs, with traditional plug-and-perf completions requiring the ability to drill plugs all the way to the toe of the well.

Drilling such long laterals also requires more traditional drilling engineering considerations, including drilling string optimization and drilling fluid design, to stay within the operating envelope of land rigs. These criteria are just as important as the steering technology used, and must be discussed in the planning stages to ensure a successful well.


Bio: Mr. Blackman graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has spent the last eight years drilling unconventionals with Schlumberger, beginning as a field engineer in the Permian Basin, and subsequently serving as the lead drilling engineer for key projects in the Permian, Mid-Continent, Rockies, and Appalachian basins, with a strong focus on efficient rotary steerable deployment in varying applications. Wesley Blackman is currently the Technical and Reliability Engineer supporting and improving PowerDrive rotary steerable services at a North America level.


24 May 2018

SOLD OUT - EDUCATION TRACK | Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services | 950 17th St. Floor 24, Denver, CO 80202

Class Description: Since the introduction of the G-function derivative analysis, pre-frac diagnostic injection tests have become a valuable and commonly used technique.  A consistent method of analysis of the G-function, its derivatives, and its relationship to other diagnostic techniques including square-root(time) and log-log plots and their appropriate diagnostic derivatives must be applied to obtain useful results.  Examples are presented to show the application of multiple diagnostic analysis methods, including specialized analyses necessary for tests at the toe of horizontal wells. The goal of the short-course is to provide a method for consistent identification of after-closure flow regimes, an unambiguous fracture closure time and stress, and a reasonable engineering estimate of reservoir flow capacity from the pressure falloff data, without requiring assumptions such as a known reservoir pressure.

Instructor: Robert Barree

Bio: Robert D. Barree is president and principal investigator of Barree & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in stimulation and well performance optimization. Previously Dr. Barree was a Senior Technical Consultant at Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center. His 24 years’ experience at Marathon developed extensive expertise in the areas of well completion, stimulation, numerical simulation, special core analysis, formation damage, rock mechanics, and equipment design.  He has been involved in the development of hydraulic fracture design simulators and fracture diagnostic procedures since 1980 and is the primary author of the fully three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulator GOHFER.

22 May 2018

RESERVOIR STUDY GROUP | Maximizing Reservoir Economics Using DNA Sequencing

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Abstract: Biota Technology mission is to deploy DNA sequencing to maximize reservoir economics. The application of DNA sequencing in the oil and gas industry provides operators with a non-invasive, high-resolution data source to track subsurface fluid movement by examining subsurface DNA originating from microbial communities within the subsurface. To date, the technology has been applied on over 400 wells by a majority of top US Shale producers in all major basins of North America including the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Bakken. Deployment of this technology has resulted in increased reservoir understanding including monitoring of drainage heights and well:well communication over time. In this presentation Dr. Liz Percak-Dennett, Technology Director at Biota Technology will speak to Subsurface DNA Diagnostics basics, field workflow, data analysis, and provide several case studies of practical applications in U.S. shale.

Speaker's Biography: As the Technology Director at Biota Technology, Liz is accountable for the delivery of all technical projects to unconventional and offshore customers. In this role, she delivers customer value through a broad skill set in geology, microbiology, geochemistry, and oilfield operations.  Prior to Biota, Liz worked as a geologist for Hess Corporation in the Bakken and offshore Guyana teams. Liz holds a BS in geology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MS and Ph.D. in geoscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she researched geomicrobiology in subsurface environments on modern and ancient Earth as part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

16 May 2018

GENERAL MEETING | Explaining Frac Through Instrumented Well Data Acquisition

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Kyle Friehauf, Staff Completions Engineer, Global Completions Engineering Group - ConocoPhillips

Abstract: Explaining Hydraulic Fracturing Design And Optimization Through Instrumented Well Data Acquisitions

Presentation Outline: 

-What is an instrumented well? Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) & Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)

-What problems can this technology solve? What business decisions can the technology impact? Namely, completions (frac) design and well spacing and stacking decisions. The presentation will mostly on frac design.

-Applications (deliverables produced)from instrumented well data and workflows

-Strategies for instrumented well pilot design

-The role of functional skills and teams in the process

Speaker Bio:

Kyle Friehauf is Staff Completions Engineer in the Global Completions Engineering group in ConocoPhillips.  He has been in completions related technology development and technical support roles for 8 years within ConocoPhillips.  Primary role has been in development, execution, and interpretation of instrumented well pilots in unconventional resources.  He holds BS from Colorado School of Mines and a PhD from The University of Texas, both in Chemical Engineering. 

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