Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing: Stepping Beyond

Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing: Stepping Beyond

Dr. Ali Daneshy
CEUs: 1.6

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Although it is generally accepted that industrial hydraulic fractures do not obey simple theories, there is very little discussion of how they actually do behave. In the absence of this knowledge, our usual approach to solving daily fracturing problems is mostly based on “simple” theory, and at times disappointment.

Built on actual field data, this course steps beyond the simple theory and offers new concepts for fracture initiation, extension, closure, proppant transport, conductivity, screen-out, etc. It offers new guidelines for better fracture designs that lead to superior production enhancement at lower cost. Its contents are applicable to all fracturing operations; in horizontal as well as vertical wells.

This course is specifically designed for practicing engineers and managers who want to improve the outcome of their day to day fracturing operations.


Some of the topics covered in this course include;

  • Initiation and extension of real hydraulic fractures; reality vs. theory
  • Shear fractures and how they alter fracture propagation, proppant transport and production increase. Can we promote them to our advantage?
  • Impact of completion design on fracture propagation and production increase; the pitfalls we can avoid.
  • What limits fracture height growth in industrial treatments
  • Qualitative assessment of fracture conductivity from analysis of fracturing pressure data. What data do we need to collect?
  • Matching fracture design with formation properties; one size doesn’t fill all
  • What is important about fluid selection and sand concentration?
  • Cause and effect analysis of screen-out; fact vs. fiction.
  • Interpretation of fracturing pressure data and using it for on-site decisions
  • Fracturing fluid rerecovery: where is all the fluid we pumped?

About the Instructor.

Dr. Daneshy has over 40 years of global experience in the design, execution, and evaluation of fracturing treatments all over the world. He is president of Daneshy Consultants Int’l and adjunct professor at the University of Houston, where he teaches a graduate course in hydraulic fracturing. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to hydraulic fracturing. He is also an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and Distinguished Author on Hydraulic Fracturing. Dr. Daneshy holds an MS degree in Mining Engineering from University of Tehran, an MS in Rock Mechanics from University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

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