UCF Houston is back &

better than ever for 2017!

September 18 – 20 | Houston

Day One
Tuesday September 19 2017

Day Two
Wednesday September 20 2017

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Unconventional Fracture Growth and Fracture Optimization

  • James Rodgerson James Rodgerson, Former Senior Hydraulic Fracturing Specialist, BP and Completion Engineering Advisor , Rodgerson Completions Consulting


  • Formation Properties – Understanding basin dynamics
  • Controlling Factors – Cluster spacing, stage sizing
  • Completion Types – Plug and Perf (perforation size, per orientation) and Sliding Sleeve (ball drop, coiled tubing deployed)
  • Closing Thoughts – Economic drivers, pad drilling and completions, refracts

Drilling & Completions Analytics to Define Superior Economic Results


  • Early application and economic success using analytics
  • Analytics simplified
  • Building geologic-reservoir models first
  • Building drilling and completion analytic models

Morning Refreshments & Networking

Case Study: Applying Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Public Data to unveil Optimal Completion Design for the Wolfcamp targets in the Delaware Basin

  • Leo Pirela Founder, President and CEO, VPLUS ENERGY


  • Is Data your friend? Optimizing the use of the vast quantities of available public data to overcome the barriers to entry
  • Lever Machine Learning to understand top performers and their associated key drivers for better completion design
  • Comparative analysis between different field geologies and identifying analogies from wells with similar basin characteristics
  • Use elements of Artificial Intelligence to determine the optimum well completion design. Is it pumping more proppant, increasing number of stages and horizontal length the answer?

Adjusting Your Stimulation during a given Drilling Season Rather Than Waiting for Field Data through Gaining Insight on Fracture Conductivity & Half Length


  • Fracture propagation, leakoff and flowback modeling for tight oil wells using the Dynamic Drainage Concept
  • Quantitative flowback analysis has become an invaluable tool for producers
  • Flowback analysis provides a very early-time estimate of key hydraulic fracture properties allowing design modification in a given drilling season
  • This work couples a hydraulic fracture model, a leakoff model and a flowback model
  • Integrating these techniques allows a more unique solution and eliminates the need to estimate initial conditions at the onset of flowback


Optimizing Chemical and Fluid Selection, Along with Refracing Planning and Design

Exploring the Evolution of Chemical & Fluid Selection across Major Basins in the US for Cost vs Production Increases


  • Proppant, chemical and fluid selection case studies. What works, what hasn’t in the Permian, Marcellus, Utica, Bakken and other basins
  • What are the best chemical packages for each of the target reservoirs?

Refracing Planning & Design: Identifying Where More Intense & Better Stimulation Design Will Yield Best Results on Existing Producing Wells


  • Using existing well data
  • Understanding collision risk and reward with neighboring wells when re-fracing
  • Weighing up pumping chemical inverters then use stimulation or collapsing the entire horizontal and starting over again

Afternoon Refreshments

Workshop: Innovations in Well Design Selection and Adjusting to Real-World Operational Constraints

Chair’s Summary

Close of Conference