PTTC Workshop April 16: “Navigating Those Bumps in the Road on the Way to a Successful Horizontal Well”

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MARCH 16, 2015. Submitted information.

pttcMorgantown, W.Va. – The Petroleum Technology Transfer Consortium Appalachian Center at West Virginia University is co-hosting a workshop on “Navigating Those Bumps in the Road on the Way to a Successful Horizontal Well,” focusing on improved communications between the engineers and geoscientists. It will be held April 16, 2015 in Morgantown, W.Va. at Lakeview Resort and Spa.

Partnering in the event is the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program.  The workshop offers six professional development hours.

K.C. Oren has been in the oil and gas exploration and production industry for over 30 years in both the drilling and geosciences sectors of the business. Early in his career, Oren was a technical trainer for directional drilling and sub-surface surveying at Eastman-Whipstock and held technical roles in drilling engineering and formation evaluation R&D at Smith International, Teleco and Halliburton.

Workshop description
The personalities of engineers and geoscientists are often very different. And when it comes to corporate risk assessment and company incentives, rewards for these individuals are often counter to the overall end goal: higher IP and superior well performance among the peer group. For example, drilling team metrics and operating personnel objectives are often counter to maintaining geological target objectives (staying in zone) and achieving maximum overall production (highest possible EUR). As a result, these divergent drivers may create conflict between individuals due to dichotomies, their natural personas, inherent motivation and motivating company incentives, therefore creating clashes between what should otherwise be well-aligned asset team members working towards corporate success.

And now the technological advances that have occurred in recent years in drilling further and faster have many operating companies asking if they are drilling horizontal wells too fast for their own good? Understanding the trade-offs is critical and good science needs to be able to keep up with the factory approach to unconventional resource development.

The workshop will explore the benefits of staying in the targeted zone and a narrower “sweet spot” by carefully steering the well and monitoring every move along the way versus drilling ahead for maximum ROP (rate-of-penetration) and less NPT (non-productive time). The goal of the workshop is to provide a basis for better understanding between disciplines and what makes the drilling team “itchy” and uncomfortable versus the overall benefits of staying in zone… sometimes the extra deliberations or seemingly costly modifications in a drilling plan do in fact pay big dividends … or do they?

For more information
Contact: or 304-293-6216. Registration and detailed information.


CONTACT:  Doug Patchen; Petroleum Technology Transfer Consortium Appalachian Center 304.293.6216;

The PTTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.