SPE eSession: Integrating Fiber-Optic Sensing to Optimize the Completion of Unconventional Wells

This web-based technology session will feature four technical presentations that highlight recent field case studies on the theme of using fiber-optic measurements to optimize the completion and stimulation of unconventional wells. Join industry experts as they describe how in-well fiber-optic well sensors can monitor hydraulic fracture stimulations and the results used to diagnose fracture treatments, understand stimulation effectiveness, and optimize future completions. The technical presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A-driven panel discussion. Specific topics will include integrating fiber-based data with that obtained by other methods to evaluate cluster and stage design strategies, fluid and proppant placement, fracture characterization and well-to-well interactions.

Duration: 2 Hours

eSession Chairpersons:

Dennis Dria, Myden Energy Consulting - Moderator
Paul Huckabee, Shell
Neha Sahdev, Halliburton

This eSession is categorized under the Completions technical discipline.

Craig Cipolla, Hess

Fiber Optics Application in Fracture Conductivity, Geometry and Drainage Area Experiments from Bakken

Craig Cipolla is a Principal Engineering Advisor in the Hess Technology Team, supporting the development of innovative technologies to enhance well productivity and oil recovery. Craig provides hydraulic fracturing, completions, and reservoir engineering support to HESS business units worldwide. Craig’s current focus is the development of unconventional resources, optimizing completions and well spacing. His expertise in tight/unconventional reservoirs includes a unique combination of hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics/geophysics, and reservoir engineering skills.  Craig’s experience includes the design and optimization of fracturing treatments and integrated field studies in tight/unconventional and naturally fractured reservoirs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South East Asia, North Sea, South America, Australia, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China.  Craig has co-authored over 75 technical papers and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on hydraulic fracturing in 2005-2006.

Gustavo A. Ugueto, Shell

Novel Near-Wellbore Fracture Diagnosis Using High-Resolution Distributed Strain Sensing During Production.

Gustavo Ugueto is Shell’s Fiber Optic Regional Deployment coordinator for the Americas and Principal Petrophysicist for Shell’s Unconventional Technology Organization. He is currently the Focal Point for Frac Diagnostics within Unconventionals, concentrating on Fiber Optic development and data integration. Throughout his career Gustavo Ugueto has participated in several projects involving collaboration between academia and industry. He participated as industry advisor in the USGS/Stanford University San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) and more recently he has been leading the instrumentation and Fiber Optic interpretation of wells in GTI Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site #2 Consortium in the Permian Delaware Basin

Matthew Mientka, FourPoint Energy

Straightforward and Cost-Effective Fiber Lead to Quick Completions Improvements

Matt has 15 years of industry operational experience in horizontal Completions Design, Optimization, and Execution. He has designed and completed horizontal wells for numerous formations in North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Matt is currently the Completions Manager for FourPoint Energy in Denver, CO supporting operations in the Western Anadarko Basin.  Matt has been an early adopter and advocate of Engineered Completions, Extreme Limited Entry, horizontal targeting, and applying new technology and surveillance to understand the geologic and geomechanical impact on cluster efficiency.  Matt has BS & MS degrees in Petroleum Engineer and Engineering Technology Management from Colorado School of Mines. 


Rob Bohn, Silixa

Fracture Characterization using Fiber Optic Sensing Technologies - Making the Connection Between In-Well and Cross-Well Fiber Measurements Using Fiber Optic Strain and Microseismic during Hydraulic Fracturing

Rob is an engineer with Silixa specializing in fiber optic applications in the oil and gas industry. Rob analyzes fracture geometry, fracture characterization, and frac treatment optimization focusing on mechanical stage isolation and cluster efficiency using in-well and cross-well fiber optic sensing technologies. Rob brings a unique perspective to fiber datasets because of his knowledge of fracture modeling and field acquisition experience. He has worked for five years in the oil and gas industry and possesses his Master of Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of North Dakota.





Member: USD 59.00

Nonmember: USD 119.00

0.15 CEUs offered.


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