An Overview of Multistage Completion Systems for Hydraulic Fracturing

Recorded On: 11/03/2016

Shales and other low-permeability formations require multistage completions, hydraulic fracturing, and horizontal wells to produce at economic rates. This webinar focuses on the multistage completion systems that are used in these applications, including plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems (frac sleeves), and coiled tubing-activated systems (annular fracturing). Participants will learn the different types of wellbore completion options and how they compare in different applications. Also, the challenges and options of refracturing existing wells will be discussed.

Topics include:

- The basics of hydraulic fracturing theory and design
- Wellbore completion options for multistage hydraulic fracturing

  • Plug-and-perf completions
  • Ball-activated completion systems (frac sleeves)
  • Coiled-tubing-activated completions systems (annular fracturing)

- New multistage completion technologies
- Benefits and considerations for each completion system
- Application specific solutions for wellbore completion design
- Refracturing options for existing wells

This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir discipline.

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W. Aaron Burton


Mr. Burton's career has been focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. In 2015, Burton started Unconventional Oil and Gas Training, a company specializing in training and consulting for unconventional multistage completions. Prior to starting the company, he was with Baker Hughes for nearly 8 years. During his tenure in operations he held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and application engineer. Outside of operations he has been product line strategist, completions manager for the Unconventional Resource Team, and product line manager for unconventional multistage completions. He has completed wells, conducted training, and consulted on a variety of projects worldwide. Through his experience, he has developed a solid understanding of reservoir properties and stimulation design that are used in a data-driven approach to more effectively design completions in unconventional wells.

He is active in the industry authoring and instructing on the subject of unconventional completions. He has authored and coauthored three SPE papers, and continues to teach two SPE continuing education courses. He has written a variety of other documents including magazine articles and newsletters, and taught numerous classes in many different venues to operators, service companies, and other companies involved in the industry. Also, he has been a discussion leader, presenter, panelist, and participated in many other roles in industry events.

Burton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.

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11/03/2016 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
11/03/2016 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Scheduled for 60 minutes.
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