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URTeC SC-06 | Essentials of Unconventional Play Based Exploration

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Geoscientists, petrophysicists, engineers, and managers.


Provide a framework and workflows for exploring and appraising low permeability shales, carbonates, and sandstones in frontier basins, as well as new areas in basins that are producing from unconventional reservoirs.

Course Content

This course focuses on the assessment of unconventional plays and the identification of initial well locations within them. The course is centered around a multi-stage exercise in a shale play where participants 1) build maps to spatially quantify in-place volumes, 2) identify target acreage by overlaying maps with components affecting producibility, and 3) estimate play chance, establish value for candidate blocks, and formulate an entry strategy. The intent is to expose participants to all the key concepts and steps in the unconventional play-based assessment process, and then apply these to a real-life competitive bidding situation. Participants will also be shown how software can be used to conduct this work faster and more comprehensively.


24 People
1.5 Credits


  • Course Notebook
  • 2-day course with lecture
  • Digital exercise files and handouts
  • Refreshment Breaks




URTeC SC-06 | Essentials of Unconventional Play Based Exploration
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States


P. Jeffrey Brown
P. Jeffrey Brown Rose and Associates, USA
Creties David Jenkins
Creties Jenkins Rose and Associates, USA