By - Jon Brown

Hydraulic Fracturing 101
July 18-19, 2018 | Denver, CO

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Individuals in many disciplines need an understanding of oil and gas well fracturing, but most classes are either very basic or are designed for fracturing design engineers.

An understanding of the hydraulic fracturing process can help companies increase production from wells while avoiding liability resulting from environmental damage. When problems do arise, understanding what causes the problems is critical to developing cement repair plans, or other remediation plans. An understanding of the issues around water use and re-use will help to manage the expense associated with water management.  

This course is designed to give an overview of how fracturing works, the terminology used, and the processes that are incorporated into hydraulic fracturing. The instructor will discuss in-depth the various processes, requirements, and issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing. She will identify the steps involved in hydraulic fracturing, types of frac fluids, and types of proppants. She will address drilling, casing (pipe), and cementing as it relates to hydraulic fracturing. Attendees will learn about cementing repairs as well as water processing for reuse or discharge back into the environment. Attendees will also learn how to decipher frac reports. Attendees will leave with a feel for current and pending regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees to this course will:

  • Describe how hydraulic fracturing works
  • Examine drilling and cementing as it relates to the hydraulic fracturing process
  • Define how wellbore construction, including casing and cementing, relates to how the wellbore does or does not prevent fracking fluid from escaping into shallow aquifers
  • Discuss wellbore repairs
  • Assess methods for recycling frac fluids and how much can realistically be recycled
  • Review current and pending regulations, including local land-use permitting
  • Locate and discuss key case studies
  • Find information in frac reports from regulators’ websites and FracFocus



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

How Fracturing Works

  • Steps in the hydraulic fracturing process
  • Types of frac fluids
  • Sand
  • Types of proppants
  • Flowback
  • Frac design
  • Frac pressure
  • Post-treatment reports
  • Well-bore diameter
  • Fracturing horizontal wells

Drilling and Cementing

  • Brief process overview
  • Steps to set the stage for safe, economic fracturing

Cementing Repairs

  • Identifying cement problems
  • Squeeze cementing concepts
  • Reading squeeze cementing reports

Water Processing for Re-use or Discharge to the Environment

  • Evaluating whether water is economic to re-use
  • Reuse for fracturing
  • Recycle for other purposes
  • Re-injection
  • Equipment and processes for water reclamation

Thursday, July 19, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

Regulations & FracFocus

  • Regulations
    • Federal
    • State
    • Local
    • Urban and sub-urban development
  • Data examples from regulator websites

Case Studies

  • Overview
  • Case studies
  • Conclusions

Deciphering Frac Reports

  • Different fluid types (pad vs. sand stages)
  • Pressures and rates
  • Instantaneous shut in pressure
  • Hydraulic horsepower

Summary and Conclusion


Lisa Denke, Engineer, Lisa Denke Consulting

Lisa Denke began her career by getting a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1993.  She took a job cementing, acidizing and fracturing wells with Schlumberger in Worland, Wyoming, and has since worked in California, North Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain area in both subsurface and facilities engineering for Texaco, Aera Energy and Berry Petroleum.   She has worked for the consulting firms TJ Cross, Ken Small, and Processes Unlimited, and more recently for the civil firm Quality Engineering in Fort Collins, Colorado.   She is licensed as a mechanical engineer in Wyoming and Colorado, and currently consults from LaSalle, Colorado. 


Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

To reserve your room, please call 1-303-804-0700 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 15 – 18, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to June 17, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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