17 Nov 2021 REGISTER

SPE General Meeting | Unified Well Spacing and Completion Design for Unconventional...

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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

Title:  "Unified Well Spacing and Completion Design for Unconventionals – A Physics and Data-Driven Approach"

Speaker: Walter C. Dobbs, International Reservoir Technologies, Inc. 


Development of unconventional plays requires an early election of horizontal well targeting and spacing.  As operators fine-tune development plans, changes to that initial framework can take years to implement due to long lead times for land, permitting, and planning.  However, hydraulic fracturing design remains a more flexible design element, representing a powerful force for optimization.

With a combination of accessible physics-based modeling and data analysis, engineers can see through the noise of multi-variate systems to create high-confidence integrated well spacing and completion designs for frontier and mature field development and for campaigns that have been drilled but not yet stimulated.  This approach mixes long-standing reservoir engineering practices with developing ideas about how to represent the hydraulic fracturing process and response.

A Dynamic Stimulated Reservoir Volume modeling workflow constrained against treatment, flowback, and production data enables engineers to interpret the most efficient stimulation fluid volume and forecast performance for any system.  Model predictions and field data are unified in an elegant visualization that illuminates a complex multi-well design space.  Insights about the impacts of geology and reservoir conditions highlight the potential for design customization across the play.

In stacked plays, the application of these techniques becomes even more important.  This workflow was developed and applied extensively in the Denver-Julesburg Basin Niobrara play.  The asset team validated the approach against a 70-well field trial then used it to decipher regional performance and ultimately to post-appraise and design drilling and completion campaigns for the most efficient use of capital.


Walter Dobbs has spent over 25 years interpreting and forecasting reservoir behavior in support of programs designed to maximize oil and gas recovery and investment returns.  He specializes in dynamic reservoir modeling, well performance analysis, and reservoir fluids characterization and has participated in field studies of conventional and unconventional plays in several North American and worldwide basins. Walt is passionate about using the practice of reservoir engineering to reveal unique stories told by the dynamics of petroleum reservoirs.  He holds BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming.

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