April 7, 2022
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Petroleum Club of Midland


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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, ESG, Artificial Lift, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).  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

  • New technologies and methods to meet corporate emissions goals

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

  • Managing mature unconventional and conventional fields 

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 100-150 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

Joe Brandenburg | Atlas Sand

Paul Brown | Chevron

Rachel Harper | ProTechnics

Billy Harris | Lodestone Oil and Gas Consulting, LLC

Andrew McMurray | ShearFRAC

Lance Reynolds | CrownQuest Operating, LLC

Ryan Yarger | EOG Resources



Completion Diagnostics & Design

Session Chairs: Joe Brandenburg & Andrew McMurray

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 how operators are finding ways to make engineered completion design changes on the fly that are optimizing production and saving completion costs.

Environmental, Social, & Governance

Session Chairs: Ryan Yarger & Rachel Harper

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investor pressure has required exploration and production companies to redefine what they consider to be their “social license” to operate. Strong sustainability reports and emissions pledges have become prerequisites to retain board seats and appeal to the broader investment community. This session will focus on the technical aspects of corporate ESG programs, including emissions, water resources, land/habitat management, and government relations.

Artificial Lift

Session Chairs: Billy Harris & Paul Brown

Operators are always trying to optimize their artificial lift program to accelerate production and 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.

Enhanced Oil Recovery Panel

Session Chairs: Cathy Harris & Lance Reynolds

Operators are investigating how to prolong the life of unconventional wells. Enhanced Oil Recovery is a method for which many operators are evaluating the technical and economic feasibility in the Delaware and Midland Basins. This panel session focuses on the technical aspects of unconventional enhanced oil recovery and and what operators should consider when deploying these complex projects.



0700 - 0755

Registration Check-In and Breakfast - Sponsored by FlexSteel

0755 - 0800

Chairperson's Welcome

Yogashri Pradhan, Endeavor Energy Resources

0800 - 1000

Completion Diagnostics and Design

"Near Wellbore Stimulation & Its Impact on Early Time Production"

Adam Mendonca, Seismos

"Using Completions Diagnostics to Constrain a Coupled Fracture & Reservoir Simulator"

Dave Ratcliff, ResFrac

"CounterProp Delivering Beneficial Proppant Flowback Mitigation & Improved Well Productivity - A Success Story from Permian"

Jimmy Cooper, Chevron

"Time-Lapse Monitoring of Inter-Well Communication & Drainage Frac Height Using Geochemical Fingerprinting Technology with Case Studies in the Midland Basin"

Faye Liu & Malcolm Kintzing, RevoChem & Henry Resources

1000 - 1030

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Steffes

1030 - 1200

Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG)

"New Mexico Regulatory Update"

Tiffany Polak, New Mexico Oil Conservation Division

"Considerations for Low Emission Design and Operation"

Joe Leonard, Devon Energy

"Managing Induced Seismicity in the Anadarko Basin, Oklahoma"

Shawn Maxwell, Ovintiv

1200 - 1230

Lunch - Sponsored by NITEC

1230 - 1315

Lunch Keynote

Ken Beattie, CrownQuest Operating

1330 - 1430

Artificial Lift

"Pilot Application of Remotely Operated Gas Lift Valves in Permian Basin Unconventional Wells"

Kendall Farrell & Emmanuel Ewusie, Chevron

"ESP Optimization"

Hank Higginson, Endeavor Energy Resources

1430 - 1500

Afternoon Keynote

Casey Yates, Permian Strategic Partnership

1500 - 1530

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Steffes

1530 - 1630

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Panel

Mathias Carlsen, Whitson

Christine Ehlig-Economides, University of Houston

Chet Ozgen, NITEC

Steve Melzer, Melzer Consulting

1630 - 1700

Closing Keynote

"Why Midland, TX is the Center of the Universe……from an Oilman’s and Global Perspective – Part III"

Richard Scherer, Endeavor Energy Resources

1700 - 1830

Reception - Sponsored by ResFrac



Registration Details

Credit card payment only for online registration using the button above.

If you are unable to register online, please contact Cathy Harris at (972)-768-8070

Registration Fees

Online or In-Person: $325

Symposium fee includes admittance to the technical sessions, access to released presentations and attendee list, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and reception.


Petroleum Club of Midland

501 W Wall St

Midland, TX 79701