Monday, December 3, 2012 | 11:20 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Banquet Room, 30th floor, Summit Club
Jason L. Pitcher, Halliburton
Topic: Increasing Production with Better Well Placement in Unconventional Shale Reservoir—Challenges and Solutions"
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Unconventional reservoirs are often regarded as resource plays with little demand for reservoir analysis beyond simple geosteering techniques during the development campaign. This leads to the common practice of stimulating wells with equally spaced stages and treating all the stages exactly the same, with no regard to the nature of the rock being treated. The practice of steering to brittleness or similar techniques can have a direct impact beyond simple well placement. Given a map of geomechanical properties along the wellbore, completions engineers can optimize the position of plugs or packers and stimulation engineers can fine tune the design of the treatment applied to the rock. By re-establishing the link between production and geology, these methods can decrease the exploitation costs of unconventional reservoirs.

Jason L. Pitcher, Halliburton
Jason L. Pitcher is the Director of Global Technical Solutions for Halliburton, in Houston. He holds a BS degree in geology and an MS degree in mineral exploration from Imperial College London.