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Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing
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Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing

1-Day Training Course: Treatment Design & Environmental Impacts Receive an executive overview of hydraulic fracking for unconventional reservoirs: What it is, key terminology, how it’s designed, what it does, what are its benefits, costs, impacts & risks. The topics covered will help you understand fracking & discuss it more confidently with stakeholders

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the objectives and applications for hydraulic fracturing
  • Review the key terminology
  • Understand what type of equipment and services are needed
  • Gain insights into what determines the type and size of a treatment
  • List the types of fluids and additives and their basic purpose
  • Review the basic process of selecting the appropriate proppant and additives
  • Understand how treatments are monitored and evaluated
  • Outline simple methods for monitoring and evaluating the service providers
  • Review the most significant environmental risks and how they can be minimised
  • Understand why hydraulic fracturing has continued to grow and spread
  • Gain insights on future trends and the latest advancements in fracking

About the Course

This unique course provides an overview of the hydraulic fracture treatments that are vital to the commercial success of most CSG, shale gas, shale oil and tight rock reservoirs. The vast majority of all wells in the world receive injection treatments to improve the flow of oil or gas but hydraulic fracture treatments are one of the most effective, and most controversial, treatments being applied. The reasons for these treatments, how they are designed, the wide variety of treatment options, the key terminology, and the controversial aspects will all be covered.

The information will be presented at a level appropriate for those familiar with the oil and gas industry who want a basic review of the process. The technical segments of the course will be presented at a level appropriate for those not experienced with well operations or frac design.

The presentation material will rely heavily on actual field results and on published studies to present a broad, fundamentalsbased analysis of hydraulic fracturing for unconventional reservoirs.

Who Will Benefit

This course will benefit all industry stakeholders who require basic knowledge of hydraulic fracturing objectives, design options, equipment options, impacts and risks.

This includes

  • Investors and industry analysts
  • Service and equipment providers
  • Regulators
  • Support staff (accountants, IT, human resources, administrative,
  • Procurement, legal and land representatives, etc.)
  • Entry-level engineers, geologists and researchers

A CPD Course

For those who have a professional status and require Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to retain your status, you can use this course to fulfil the educational requirements. Contact your association to learn how.


” Excellent workshop, informative videos and easy to understand. Very friendly, casual environment, good narration, easy to follow. Great use of real life experience stories”
Graduate, ConocoPhillips Australia

“The presenter was very experienced in fracking. He was precise, had very good knowledge, updated and clear presentation. Having a small group of students was very helpful with people all involved in the sector”
Technical Manager, Veolia Water Australia

“Very knowledgeable and experienced with many real world examples and sharing of direct observations”
Strategy Analyst, Inpex

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

The key concepts of oil and gas and reservoirs

  • Oil and gas development
  • Reservoir types
  • Unconventional reservoirs
  • Rock mechanical properties
  • Well construction
  • Key elements of casing and cementing design
  • Well completion

Overview of hydraulic fracturing

  • Objectives
  • Treatment mechanics
  • History
  • Application areas
  • Results

Treatment planning

  • Target selection
  • Target isolation
  • Equipment requirements
  • Treatment stages vs frac stages
  • Fluid treatment and additives
  • Treatments in horizontal wells

Cost-benefit analysis

  • Cash flow
  • Present value
  • Production correlations

Treatment monitoring

  • Net pressure
  • Mining results
  • Micro-seismic
  • Log and DAS monitoring

Proppant issues

  • Impacts of size
  • Strength and embedment
  • Actual field results

Environmental issues

  • Spill potential
  • Water use
  • Seismic activity
  • Chemical use
  • Different perspectives

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
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