ShaleTech 2018

December 5, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:35 am

OPENING REMARKS: Andy McDowell, Vice President, Gulf Energy Information and Publisher, World Oil

8:35 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 10:00 


10:00 – 10:30 


TRACK 1: Drilling and Production

TRACK 2: Well Completions

Session 1: Exploration/Well Planning

Session 2: Hydraulic Fracturing

Session Chair: TBD

Session Chair: TBD

10:30 – 10:55 

Microseismic Analysis Shows Potential for More Wells per Section in San Andres (Central Basin Platform): Carl Neuhaus, Vice President, Engineering, MicroSeismic, Inc.

Turbine Powered Electric Hydraulic Fracturing: Matt Vahsholtz, P. E., Engineering Manager, Evolution Well Services, LLC

10:55 – 11:20 

Stacked Pay Development in the Delaware Basin: Raj Malpani, Production Engineering Lead, Schlumberger

Enhancing Perforation Efficiency Using Rate Pulses; A Step Change in Hydraulic Fracturing: Debotyam Maity, Senior Engineer, Gas Technology Institute

11:20 – 11:45

Direct Detection Technology™ for Exploration and Delineation of Multiple, Stacked Hydrocarbon-bearing Horizons and Shale Plays: Jim Combs, Ph.D., Chief Geophysicist, Oil and Gas Discoverer, LLC.

Cryogenically Processed Natural Gas as a Fracturing & EOR Fluid; A Technical and Economic Comparison verse Slickwater and Nitrogen Fluids: Jeremy Dockter, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Expansion Energy LLC

11:45 – 12:10

Nine Plus Years of Production Show Value of Proper Design in Oil Window of Barnett Shale: John W. Ely, CEO, Ely and Associates Corporation

Remote Wireline Connectors Provide More Frac “Pump On” Time and Improve Safety: Michael Spence, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Reel Power Oil & Gas, Inc

12:10 – 1:00 


Lunchtime Presentation: Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future

Why Methane Emissions Matter

Natural gas is a foundational fuel for today and tomorrow. Methane emissions are one issue that the industry must address to maintain gas' competitive position. 

TRACK 1: Drilling and Production

TRACK 2: Well Completions

Session 3: Drilling Efficiencies

Session 4: Proppant Selection

Session Chair: TBD

Session Chair: TBD

1:00 – 1:25 pm

Latest Drill Pipe Technology Enhancements for Improved Performance Drilling in Shale Plays: Leah Pierce, Technical Marketing Engineer, National Oilwell Varco – Grant Prideco

Self-Suspending Proppant Technology for Brackish and Produced Waters: Kanth Josyula, Ph.D., Senior Director, Materials Research, Fairmount Santrol

1:25 – 1:50 pm

Simulation of Mid-String Stick-Slip and Mitigation Using Multibody Dynamics: Fred Harvey, Title, MSC Software

“Counterprop:” Finally Adding the Correct Proppant in the Proper Size and Proper Sequence in Slickwater Treatments: John W. Ely, CEO, Ely and Associates Corporation

1:50 – 2:15 pm

Shale's big data analytics platform helping operators to reduce costs and realize significant operational efficiencies by making humans smarter first, not machines: Amit Mehta, CEO, Moblize

Resin-Coated Proppants with Remarkably Improved Crush Resistance and Conductivity using Modified Novolac Resins: Narayanan Venkat, R&D Manager for Materials Research, Fairmount Santrol

2:15 – 2:45 pm


TRACK 1: Drilling and Production

TRACK 2: Well Completions

Session 5: Drilling Fluids

Session 6: Innovative Technology

Session Chair: TBD

Session Chair: TBD

2:45 – 3:10 pm

High-Salinity Water Based Muds as Oil-Based Mud Alternatives for Optimized Shale Drilling: Dr. Eric van Oort, Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Environmentally Responsible Non-Destructive Cleaning with Dry Ice: David Watson, Director, Business Development – Energy and Services, Cold Jet, LLC

3:10 – 3:35 pm

Drilling Fluid Design in the STACK Shields Wellbore to Prevent Mud Losses and Eliminate Casing String: Cody Wellman, Technical Sales Manager – North America, Impact Fluids

Lower-input Wastewater Treatment That Doubles as Lithium Extraction System: Preston McEachern, Founder and CEO, PurLucid Treatment Solutions

3:35 – 3:45 pm


TRACK 1: Drilling and Production

TRACK 2: Well Completions

Session 7: Production Optimization

Session 8: Completions Optimization

Session Chair: TBD

Session Chair: TBD

3:45 – 4:10 pm

Unconventional Lift for Unconventional Wells: William Jackson, President, Tech-Flo

Optimized Completions Designs in Every Horizontal Well: Jason Glascock, Senior Operations Manager – Reservoir Technology, C&J Energy Services

4:10 – 4:35 pm

Autonomous Flow Control Devices Improve the Performance of Gas Huff and Puff EOR in Shale Oil Reservoirs: Michael Konopczynski, Director, Sub-Surface Engineering, Tendeka, Inc.

Accelerating Completion Optimization in the Unconventional Reservoirs Through Machine Learning Coupled to Reservoir Characterization: Piyush Pankaj, Principal Reservoir Engineer- Team Lead, Schlumberger

4:35 – 5:00 pm

Digital Gas Lift – Applied Technology & Business Justification: Graham D. Makin, Vice President – Sales, Marketing & IR, Silverwell Technology, Inc.

Elastic Polymer Frac Systems Reduce Operating Costs and Increase Production: Tom Wentzler, Title, Binder Science

5:00 pm




ShaleTech 2018

December 6, 2018


7:30 – 8:25 am

Continental Breakfast

8:25 – 8:30 am

OPENING REMARKS: Andy McDowell, Vice President, Gulf Energy Information and Publisher, World Oil

8:30 – 8:35

WELCOME: Doug Park, Chairman, Permian Basin Water Management Council

8:35 – 9:15 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mark Houser, CEO, University Lands

9:15 – 10:15 am

PANEL DISCUSSION: What are today’s biggest water challenges for the Permian Basin?


Rick McCurdy, Manager, Chemicals & Water Reclamation, Chesapeake Energy

Ben Warden, Water Management Supervisor, Diamondback

Doug Park, University Lands

Brian Kuh, Water Management, WPX Energy

Joe De Almeida, Director Global Water Strategy, Oxy

10:15 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 12:00 noon

Session 9: Water Management Operations

Session Chair: Andy Adams, Vice President


Participants include Chesapeake Energy and Jetta

Q&A to follow

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:15 – 2:30 pm

Session 10: Innovative Water Management Technologies

Session Chair: Joe De Almeida, Director Global Water Strategy, Oxy 


Marcus Keenan, Director Automation, Hydrozonix

Ying Tsang, Engineering Advisor, Oxy

Q&A to follow

2:30 – 3:00 pm


3:00 – 4:20 pm

Session 11: The Economics of Water

Session Chair: Lindsey Bass, Water/Waste Engineering Advisor, XTO Energy/ExxonMobil


Doug Park, University Lands

John Durand, President, WaterBridge

TDB, Halcon

Q&A to follow

4:20 pm

CLOSING REMARKS: Rick McCurdy, Chesapeake Energy