19 Feb 2020

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.

14 Apr 2020 REGISTER

CSM SPE | SPE Joint Session

When: Tuesday April 14, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Friedhoff Hall, Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus 

If you have any questions, please contact Deep Joshi at deepjoshi@mymail.mines.edu or Tugce Calisgan at tcalisga@mymail.mines.edu

Speaker: Mr. Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE President


Darcy Spady, the 2018 SPE president, is the first Canadian to have been elected to this position. Spady, who is managing director at Carbon Connect International, has been an active SPE member since graduating from university. Most recently, he served on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.
Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in its wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, and Atlantic Canada. He has also served as CEO of Calgary-based Contact Exploration and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation. He is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies, Crestwynd Exploration, and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals, and Poplar Point Exploration. Spady holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.

16 Apr 2020

CSM SPE | Annual Clay Shoot

When: Thursday April 16, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Where: Kiowa Creek Sporting Club, Bennett, CO

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Join the Colorado School of Mines SPE chapter in their annual clayshoot at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club in Bennett, CO on April 16th 2020! The main shooting event begins at 1:30 pm and ends at 5:00 pm. There are opportunities to play in student-industry hybrid groups to network and build industry connections. For more information contact GE Roose at groose@mymail.mines.edu

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