Archive of Texas PTTC Workshops

Co-sponsored by PTTC Texas and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Case Studies
Tight Gas Sands and Shales

Tyler, Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Irving, Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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: the East Texas Cotton Valley Formation; West Texas tight gas sands; and the Barnett Shale. The presentations will be by Harrold Brannon with BJ Services, Ed Segner with EOG Resources, and George Waters from Schlumberger. 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.





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


East Texas Legends Luncheon. The cost to attend only the luncheon (and not the workshop) is $20.


Harrold Brannon, BJ Services. "Application of New ULW Proppant Technologies to Provide Enhanced Fracture Performance"


Ed Segner, EOG Resurces-Houston. "Case Studies in the Cotton Valley and Barnett Shale"




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


Panel Discussion Session

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.

Harold D. Brannon is the Fracturing Product Line Technology Manager for BJ Services Company, based in Tomball, Texas. He has 24 years industry experience in experience in well completion, stimulation, and remediation services technologies, 14 years with BJS, and has held positions in several arenas including R&D, technical support, manufacturing, marketing, intellectual properties and field engineering positions. A graduate of Baylor University in 1979 with a BS in Chemistry, he is an active member within SPE and sits several on the API and ISO Standard Practice Committees. Harold has authored over 40 technical publications and is recognized inventor of over 25 United States Patents, issued and pending.

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.