Current Issue Contents - August 2019

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The August issue’s cover story, which leads off the Hydraulic Fracturing Technology section, offers expert perspectives on how treatment designs continue to progress by leaps and bounds to both spur innovations in fracturing tools and improve bottom-line well performance. The Production Automation reports open with a Q&A offering insights into remote monitoring and automated control from a trio of industry players, while Seismic & Geophysics examines how sophisticated geoscientific approaches can shape real-time operational decisions and enable on-the-fly adjustments to optimize fracture jobs. Part two of Horizontal Well Architecture relates Hess Corp.’s efforts to improve well spacing in the Bakken/Three Forks. Finally, the Marcellus/Utica Activity Profile details how independents operating in that prolific region continue to push the technological envelope. Association news includes Official Convention Sections for KIOGA, PAW, EKOGA and NDPC. Cover photo courtesy of Weir Oil & Gas. Issue photography courtesy of Dawson Geophysical, Liberty Oilfield Services, CNX Resources Corp., and by Jim Blecha.


COVER STORY: Advancements in fracturing technology have resulted in a massive cost reduction to commercially produce a barrel of oil, helping transform the economics associated with unconventional oil reservoirs. Although the development of U.S. horizontal resource plays has matured, key questions remain unanswered regarding wellbore spacing, parent/child well interactions, proppant and fluid volumes, lateral lengths, frac staging, and perforation strategies. The jury does not yet fully agree on the optimal answers, but multivariate analyses using real data provide invaluable clues to help operators converge on the best processes and design parameters in shale gas and tight oil plays.
| by Leen Weijers, Kevin Fisher and Paul Weddle

  • Expandable Liners Are Key to Delaware Basin Refrac Success | by Amrut Athavale, Adebayo Onafowokan, Carl Kasdano, Sunil Lakshminarayanan and Lisset Sousa
  • Longer Equipment Run Times Driving Advances in Frac Pump Technology | by Zachery Kokel
  • Insights into Downhole Conditions Power Fracture Design | by Colter Cookson


  • Innovations Reshaping Automation and Remote Monitoring | Special Q&A with Mark Peavy, Strode Pennebaker and Mike Mills
  • Solutions Optimize Vapor Management | by Ray McCaskle and Kevin Fisher


  • High-Density, Long-Offset 3-D Datasets Drive Seismic Acquisition | by Kari Johnson
  • Petrochemical Information Approach Improves Reservoir Modeling | by Anat Canning and Yair Gordin
  • Third Story | by Author Name


  • Study Helps Hess Optimize Spacing, Well Performance | by Apiwat “Ohm” Lorwongngam, Craig Cipolla, Jose Gil Cidoncha and Bruce Davis


  • Optimized Laterals, Completion Designs Boost EURs | by Danny Boyd
  • Appalachian Storage Hub Bill Advances in U.S. Senate