Archive of Texas PTTC Workshops

Co-sponsored by PTTC Texas and Southwest Regions

Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Case Studies
in Permian Basin Tight Gas Sands and Shales

Thursday, March 30, 2006
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED)
1400 North FM 1788 Midland, Texas (intersection of FM1788 and HWY 191)

Cost :$90. Includes morning refreshments, lunch, and handouts.
Registration is limited. Earn 6 Professional Development Hours for attending this workshop

Workshop Description
This unique workshop on hydraulic fracturing in tight gas sands and shales has three sessions. The morning session presented by Dr. Jennifer Miskimins of the Colorado School of Mines will focus on recent advances in hydraulic fracture analytical techniques and how they can be used to evaluate the success of the treatment and characterize the producing reservoir. Emphasis is on the treatment of unconventional reservoirs such as tight gas and shale reservoirs. Jennifer’s examples come primarily from her lengthy experience in Rocky Mountain tight gas reservoirs.

The afternoon session will feature presentations, including case studies, on hydraulic fracturing in tight gas sands in the Permian Basin by Victor Rodriquez of Schlumberger and Stacey Walker of Chevron. George Waters from Schlumberger will give a presentation specific to  gas shales completions that will also include case studies. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion.

Who should attend?
Engineers, field people, geologists, and operators of any company who are interested in learning more about recent developments in hydraulic fracturing stimulation of tight gas sands and shales.




Technology Session


Dr. Jennifer Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines. “Hydraulic Fracturing Technology: Modern Characterization and Analysis” (Break from 10:15–10:30)



Case Studies Session


Victor Rodriquez, IPM. “Fracturing Tight Gas Sands Case Studies in West Texas”


Stacey Walker, Chevron. “Hydraulic Fracturing Case Study for a Tight Gas Reservoir in West Texas”




George Waters, Schlumberger Oklahoma City. "Considerations for Shale Gas Completions: Do You Have a “Barnett Shale?”


Panel Discussion Session


For local information, please contact Bob Kiker, Program Director, PTTC Texas-Permian Basin. 432-552-3432, 432-528-9267(cellphone) or

About the Presenters

Jennifer Miskimins has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering. After receiving her B.S. degree from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1990, she began working for Marathon Oil Company in Cody, Wyoming. During her tenure with Marathon, she worked in various field locations in Wyoming, Montana, and Louisiana. Her assignments for Marathon included production, completions, and reservoir engineering along with a period as a field production foreman.

In 1998, Dr. Miskimins returned to graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and received her M.S. in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2002. Her M.S. thesis focused on in-situ stress characterization in low permeability reservoirs. Her Ph.D. dissertation centered on the use of electrofacies for characterization and hydraulic fracture growth in thinly laminated sand and shale sequences. During her time in graduate school (1998-2002), Dr. Miskimins consulted for a variety of companies in the Denver, Colorado, area while also instructing several classes at CSM.

In 2002, Dr. Miskimins was appointed as an Assistant Research Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at CSM. She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2003. At CSM, she teaches beginning and advanced completions and stimulation classes, geologic field camps for petroleum engineers, and multidisciplinary petroleum design courses. She also teaches various short courses to industry professionals in the areas of reservoir management, petroleum engineering economics, and stimulation. She is the Director for the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and the Co-Director for the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (EMMC). She is a member of SPE, SPWLA, RMAG, AAPG, Sigma Xi, and ASEE.

Victor Rodriguez is currently a Production and Stimulation Engineer for the IPM group in Midland. Victor has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX. He joined Schlumberger in 1995 as Field Engineer and progressed to District Engineer in Sonora, Texas. He then moved to Alice as District Engineer/Lab Manager and on to Victoria, Tx. as Field Service Manager for cementing operations.  He has held several technical support positions with Schlumberger, including Technical Support Engineer for Northeast Brazil located in Aracaju, Brazil, and stimulation technical engineer for Pemex located in Reynosa, Mexico. Victor has experience stimulating both oil wells in the Permian Basin and tight gas sands in South Texas / North Mexico.

Stacey Walker is a petroleum engineer working for Chevron Energy Technology Company in Houston, Tx.  She is a well stimulation specialist, focusing primarily on hydraulic fracturing design, implementation, and technology development.  Stacey has hydraulic fracturing experience in West Texas, Africa, and China.  Stacey has a B.S. and M.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

George Waters is a Principal Technical Projects Leader with Schlumberger Data & Consulting Services in Oklahoma City.  Mr. Waters joined Dowell Schlumberger in 1985 and held various engineering and management positions throughout the central region of the US.  He has been involved with hydraulic fracturing design and evaluation since 1992, focusing primarily on fracturing pressure analysis and production optimization.  Since 2000 he has been in the Data & Consulting Service’s Solutions Group where he has focused on identification, evaluation and completion optimization of shale gas reservoirs throughout the US.  Most recently this focus has centered on horizontal well completion optimization in gas shales.  Mr. Waters graduated from West Virginia University in 1985 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering, received a MS in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1996, and was granted a MS in Petroleum Engineering from Institut Francais du Petrole in 1996.

For more information, please call Sigrid Clift at 512-471-0320.