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Program Highlights

URTEC is coming to Pittsburgh for a one-day workshop in the heart of the Appalachian Basin. While operators are still pushing the boundaries of the Utica play, the Marcellus is firmly established and optimization is the name of the game. This multi-disciplinary event will cover a broad range of topics from geologic characterization, inter-lateral spacing, proppant and perforation designs, and production best practices. Come hear from industry and academic professionals, make new connections and learn current best practices to maximize your production.

Program At-a-Glance

Monday, 15 April

3:00p – 7:00p Registration
5:30p – 7:00p Icebreaker Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 16 April

7:30a – 8:30a Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30a – 9:00a Tim Carr – Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory Results: Improved Subsurface Reservoir Characterization And Engineered Completions
9:00a – 9:30a Jinesh Jain – Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy An Emerging Spectroscopic Technique For Shale Rock Characterization
9:30a – 10:00a Vuong Van Pham – Novel Binary Proppant Mixture Conductivity Models
10:00a – 10:30a Refreshment Break
10:30a – 11:00a Randy Blood – Horizontal Targeting Strategies and Challenges: Examples from the Marcellus Shale, Appalachian Basin, USA
11:00a – 11:30a Dustin Crandall – Multiscale Laboratory Examination of Shale Using CT Scanning
11:30a – 12:00p Adam Jew – Minimizing Barite Scale Precipitation in Unconventional Reservoirs Through Advanced Stimulation Practices: A New Way of Thinking
12:00p – 1:30p Topical Luncheon* – Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas Topical luncheon ticket is included with registration to the workshop.*
1:30p – 2:00p Christopher Laughrey – Stable Isotope and Noble Gas Geochemistry of Marcellus and Utica/Point Pleasant Shale-Gas and Related Produced Water- A Review
2:00p – 2:30p Mohamed El Sgher – The Stress Shadowing Impact on the Optimization Hydraulic Fracture Spacing in Marcellus Shale
2:30p – 3:00p Arman K. Nejad – The Sensitivity of Well Performance to Well Spacing and Configuration – A Marcellus Case Study
3:00p - 3:30p Refreshment Break
3:30p – 4:00p Julie Bloxson – Far-Field Tectonic Controls on Deposition of the Ordovician Utica/Point Pleasant Play, Ohio Using Core Logging, Well Logging, and Multi-Variate Analysis
4:00p – 4:30p Matt Fry – Optimizing Perforating Schemes to Achieve Uniform Proppant Distribution
4:30p – 5:00p Payam Ghahfarokhi – A Machine Learning Approach for Production Optimization for a Horizontal Well in the Marcellus Shale