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Register for PTTC Workshop "Hydraulic Fracturing in Horizontal Wells,” July 17-18

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This is a relevant, timely and academically exciting topic, and should be of great interest to the petroleum geological and engineering communities – anyone who deals with considerations such as optimal well-planning, production, economics and reservoir behavior – and to students and their professors.  With the recent Superior Court opinion in PA regarding “fracking trespass,” there should be additional interest from the legal community in how to reasonably measure the lateral extent of induced fractures. 


This two-day short course will focus on the challenges and issues that arise when hydraulic fracturing operations are conducted in horizontal wells, as compared to vertical systems. The mechanics of completion and diversion techniques and tools, such as plug-n-perf and sliding sleeves, will be discussed, along with the pros and cons of these various horizontal well completion systems. In-situ stress profiles and their effects on transverse and longitudinal fracture growth, both near wellbore and far-field, will be addressed. Stress shadowing and the resulting impacts on cluster and stage spacing will be reviewed. Proppant and fluid selection, proppant transport, and the conductivity requirements will be discussed. The application of diagnostics, such as DFIT’s and geometric measurements (tracers, microseismic, fiber optics, etc.) will be reviewed, along with how the results can be integrated for enhancing future treatments. Other topics will include: perforating, fracture clean-up, flowback, brittleness, enhanced permeability volumes, treatment optimization, and post-treatment analysis. All disciplines are welcome to attend the course, however, a basic understanding of hydraulic fracturing should already be in place prior to enrollment.


Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins is an Associate Professor and the Associate Department Head in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where she has held various appointments since 2002.  She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering.  Dr. Miskimins founded and is the Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, and Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium at CSM.  Prior to originally joining CSM, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations.  More recently, she was a Senior Consulting Engineer for Barree & Associates in Lakewood, CO, from 2013-2016, before returning full-time to the university.  Dr. Miskimins teaches a variety of short courses on various subjects, including completions and stimulation.  She is a member of SPE, SPWLA, and AAPG, and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011 and 2013-2014.  She currently serves on the SPE International Board of Directors as the Completions Technical Director.


The conference will be held on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus in the National Research Center for Coal and Energy building (1272 Evansdale Drive).  Free on-campus parking will be available in the WVU Coliseum parking lots and in lot 46 between NRCCE and the WVU Greenhouse.  (See map at

If parking in lot 46 please pick up a 2- day parking pass at the registration desk.

For those wishing to stay overnight in Morgantown on the 17th, there are several options within a mile of the NRCCE, including the Holiday Inn (1188 Pineview Drive), Euro-Suites (501 Chestnut Ridge Road), Hilton Garden Inn (150 Suncrest Town Center Drive) and Hampton Inn (1053 Van Voorhis Road).

REGISTRATION: Online and Mail Options

The registration cost of $295 covers lunch, coffee breaks and all workshop expenses. Pre-registration online is required by July 10.

Payment by credit card or check is accepted.  To pay by check, select the small, blue “Show other payment options” link immediately below the Order Now button on the website.  Send checks to WVU NRCCE PTTC, attn.: Rose Vergara, PO Box 6064, Morgantown, WV 26506-6064.  Make checks payable to the WVU Research Corp. and include “Hydraulic Fracturing” on the memo line.  Checks must be received by July 10.  

On-site check in will begin at 8:00 a.m. The workshop will start at 9:00 a.m. and will end by 5:00 pm each day.


PTTC will issue a certificate for twelve (12) Professional Development Hours at the end of the workshop. To receive this certificate at the workshop, you must register in advance.

For further information contact:  Doug Patchen, at 304-293-6216 ( or Rose Vergara at 304-293-6905 ( ).