© 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers - Permian Basin Section


APRIL 9, 2020
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Petroleum Club of Midland




Operators and service companies working in the Permian Basin continue to develop and implement technologies to optimize production strategies.  Because of external market forces and differing priorities of individual companies, there is no “one size fits all” strategy.

This one-day symposium will focus on Completion Design and Diagnostics, Flowback Strategies, Water Management, and Artificial Lift.  In these sessions, Permian Basin case studies and technological applications will be presented and discussed, highlighting both Midland and Delaware Basins.

Key themes to be explored during this symposium will include:


  • The latest in horizontal well completion optimization

  • Delivering greater productivity and optimal ultimate recovery at lower cost

  • Systems optimization in water management 

  • Finding the right timing in well-life for various artificial lift applications

Join us for a day of informative presentations, industry-shaping discussions, and networking with other industry experts – providing actionable ideas to fit your production management priorities. 



What is an SPE-PB Symposium?

Symposiums maximize the exchange of ideas among delegates and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend. Providing a bridge between SPE conferences and forums, Symposiums provide a practical overview of a technology and showcase technologies that are just experiencing their initial field applications. The one day symposium will include morning and afternoon single-track sessions and typically host 150-180 attendees.

Program Format

The technical program is planned and conducted by the volunteer program committee. The program committee is comprised 8-10 SPE members with expertise in the subject matter. Two members serve as Program Committee Co-Chairpersons. Two committee members chair each of the technical sessions. Typically, each session lasts 90 minutes and includes 3 presentations. Speakers’ presentations should not exceed 20 minutes to maximize the opportunities for discussion. There will be opportunities at coffee breaks, luncheons, and receptions to promote informal discussion among attendees.

Continuing education units (CEU) will be awarded for completion of the workshop. The CEUs are calculated based on contact hours of participation in the workshop (1 credit per 10 contact hours).

Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be awarded for completion of the Symposium. The PDHs are calculated based on contact hours of participation in the Symposium (1 credit per 1 contact hour).

Following the symposium, attendees will receive a list of attendees and a link to a secure URL where they may view the released presentations. Presentations are approved and edited by the author prior to posting.



Yogashri Pradhan | Endeavor Energy Resources - Chairperson

Cathy Harris | Lodestone Oil and Gas Consulting, LLCCo-Chairperson

Connor Clark | Diamondback Energy

Amy Hall | Baker Hughes

Billy Harris | Lodestone Oil and Gas Consulting, LLC

Tyler Hussey | Apache Corporation

Chris Klabunde | Chevron

Travis Roberts | Permian PetroLink, LLC

Ryan Yarger | EOG Resources

Omar Zeinuddin | Consultant



Completion Diagnostics & Design

Session Chairs: Cathy Harris & Connor Clark

Unconventional completion methods have come a long way in the several decades our industry has been focusing on these resources. There is still much to be learned, however, and Permian operators are seeking to optimize each aspect of unconventional development with increasing scrutiny. This session will explore ways in which many operators are still using “brute force” completions methods more appropriate for conventional rock, while others are finding ways to make engineered completion design changes on the fly that are optimizing production and saving completion costs.

Water Management

Session Chairs: Ryan Yarger & Tyler Hussey

Ever-increasing production volumes, high water cuts, disposal costs, and demand for completions water have challenged the industry in the Permian Basin. Poor planning can add millions to lease operating expenses and flowback costs, where re-use programs serve to hedge this financial risk and increase business sustainability in a crowded market that is growing daily. This session will focus on water management and the logistics, disposal hurdles, re-use options, and treatment programs that go along with it.

Flowback Strategies

Session Chairs: Billy Harris & Travis Roberts

Flowback programs are often undertaken and completed without sufficient understanding of how the flowback can affect well and reservoir performance. Aggressive flowback procedures are often focused on short term results, some based upon criteria unrelated to geology or sound engineering, and can be counterproductive. Accumulating data increasingly point to the sensitivity of unconventional completions. This session will focus on the various flowback procedures, types and extent of induced damage that can occur, as well as effective damage mitigation and optimization protocols.

Artificial Lift

Session Chairs: Amy Hall & Chris Klabunde

Operators are always trying to optimize their artificial lift program to accelerate production and/or decrease LOE. Challenges include depth, temperature, pressure, corrosion, scale, sand production, high water volumes, increasing gas to liquid ratios, power supply, wellbore deviation, and more. The Permian has always been known for our sea of pumping units, but there is a continuous effort to optimize long-term well performance through a combination of ESP, gas lift, jet pump, plunger lift, and others. This session will focus on different approaches & experience in optimizing artificial lift in the Delaware & Midland Basins.



0700 - 0800

Registration Check-In and Breakfast

0800 - 0815

Chairperson's Welcome

Yogashri Pradhan, Endeavor Energy Resources

0815 - 1000

Completion Diagnostics and Design

1000 - 1030

Coffee Break

Poster Sessions

1030 - 1200

Water Management

1200 - 1330

Keynote Lunch


*Presentation Begins at 1200*

1330 - 1500

Flowback Strategies

1500 - 1530

Coffee Break

Poster Sessions

1530 - 1700

Artificial Lift​

1700 - 1830




Registration Details

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Petroleum Club of Midland

501 W Wall St

Midland, TX 79701



Accommodation Details


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