2014 Winter Workshop: Hitting the Target – Geosteering in Complex Environments from the Geology and Engineering Perspective

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Hyatt Regency 400 West Waterman Street - Wichita, KS 67202



Most operators would agree that, while drilling horizontally, hitting your target and staying there is a key element to the overall production of the well. For the well site geologist, using geological markers to help visualize and pinpoint just the right spot in the reservoir and stay in that spot for sometimes thousands of feet can be a daunting task.  Additionally the drilling engineer must weigh the goals of his team, keep costs down and still drill a successful well. At times these two different perspectives can come into conflict. Join us this December as we explore well placement from a geological and engineering perspective and discuss how these two entities can come together for the overall success of the job.

Tuesday December 9th, 2014

8:00          Check-in

9:00          Essentials of Geosteering

Tom Arnold – Director of Training, Paladin Surface Logging, LLC

10:30        Geosteering: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tom Arnold – Director of Training, Paladin Surface Logging, LLC

Graduating from the University of Texas Pan American in 1973 with degrees in Geology and Astrophysics, Tom Arnold’s career has always been about innovation and education. He is the Director of Training for Paladin Geological Services and GeoGap Training Center, providing instruction in geosteering, geology, mud logging, formation evaluation and more. With over thirty years of industry experience, he is the PetroSkills world wide Geosteering trainer / course developer and the SES Geosteering Software Third Party trainer. He has many years of experience geosteering and written his own software for process.

Noon         Lunch (included)

1:00           Drag Reduction During the Directional Drilling Process

Daniel Wright – Slider – Schlumberger

Daniel Wright has 10 years directional drilling automation experience.  With the drilling industry now turning towards varieties in automation, Daniel has implemented directional drilling automation technology in all major Oil & Gas plays in the United States and internationally. The Slider group at Schlumberger has also become a leading educational resource for understanding torque and drag in the directional drilling system, and provides training for engineers and directional drillers on the wellbore physics behind the directional drilling process.  Drag reduction and automated directional manipulation now take the conventional mud-motor assembly to new levels, making it cost effective for operators to drill their wells more efficiently with this system.

2:45            Final Remarks and Adjourn

Wednesday December 10th, 2014

8:00          Check-in

9:00          The Trade-offs in Drilling the Perfect Horizontal Well

10:30        Critical Factors in Data Management Geosteering Software

KC Oren – Horizontal Solutions International

KC Oren has BA degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Michigan State University and holds a teaching certification for secondary education. KC has over 32 years’ experience in both the drilling and geosciences sectors of the Oil and Gas E&P industry working for such companies as Eastman-Whipstock, Smith International, Teleco, Munro-Garrett International, GeoGraphix, Landmark and Halliburton. He now resides in Frisco Colorado and is employed by Horizontal Solutions Int’l as Vice President for Sales and Marketing of HSI’s TrueTime™ Solutions. KC Oren is a member of AAPG and SPE as well as many local chapters of the same organizations.

Noon         Lunch (included)

1:00           Regional Onsite Geology Case Study

Doug Davis – Geologist

Mr. Davis has more than forty years of exploration geology experience. He is the owner  of D-EX Petroleum and has worked in a variety of formations over his long career including the Sedgwick Basin, Central Kansas Uplift, and Anadarko Basin to name a few. While working with American Energies in  2009-2010, Davis led the companies first horizontal venture in a Hunton Dolomite in the Sedgwick Basin. Davis lead geologist on this project, and oversaw the geo-steering group, the logging, the Weatherford engineers and completion specialists.

2:30           Lesser Prairie Chicken Update

Sean Kyle – Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Sean Kyle has worked as a wildlife biologist for the last 25 years including more than a decade of specific experience on issues related to various chicken species including. In the last five year’s Kyle has been specifically focused on the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Kyle is currently the Interim Industry Enrollment and Mitigation Lead for Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.

3:45            Final Remarks and Adjourn


This workshop is produced and presented by the University of Kansas Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP). This program will benefit petroleum, production, reservoir, and completion engineers; production technologists; stimulation engineers; asset management engineers and managers; reservoir management; practicing geologists; and university staff and academia.

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Student Member: $100

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