Horizontal Well Fracturing

Instructor: Dr. Ali Daneshy

Date TBA as needed – Houston

1.6 CEU
This course offers a down-to-earth, easy to understand nuts and bolts of fracture initiation and extension in horizontal wells and various tools and techniques that are in use today for successfully producing unconventional low permeability reservoirs.
Successful fracturing of a horizontal well requires deeper understanding of the relationship between reservoir and formation properties, in-situ stresses, well completion, and details of fracture design. Through numerous case histories and actual job results the course discusses the critical relationship between completion design in openhole and cemented liner completions and the growth pattern of the created fractures which ultimately determine the well productivity. It presents the different fracturing strategies that are being used in different geologic formations, and the completion options that help their implementation.
This course is designed specifically for practicing engineers and geologists. It is suited for all interested in improving the outcome of hydraulic fracturing treatments in horizontal wells, including drilling, completion, reservoir and production engineers as well as geologists and geophysicists. Both technical and management staff will benefit from attending this course.

Class Agenda


  • Mechanics of fracture initiation and extension
  • Fracturing options in un-cemented liner completions with case histories
  • Fracturing options in cemented cased-hole completions with case histories
  • Fracture mapping & diagnostic tool
  • Summary and discussion