September 10, 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 Symposium is a follow-up to the highly successful 2019 event, bringing some of the best and latest experiences for Permian Basin unconventional production management practices. This one-day Symposium will again focus on Completion Diagnostics and Design, Flowback Strategies, Water Management, and Artificial Lift. In these sessions, Permian Basin case studies, technological applications, and best practices will be presented and discussed, highlighting both the 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

As we encounter significant geologic and geo-mechanical variability along unconventional reservoir laterals, efforts to understand and improve completion techniques have ushered in an era of unprecedented data availability. This Session will highlight evolving and new diagnostic techniques for data-driven completion practices and diagnostics from the Permian Delaware and Midland Basins. 

Water Management

Session Chairs: Ryan Yarger & Tyler Hussey

As operators face ever-increasing production volumes and flowback sizes, they continue to work through new problems and improve solutions for existing ones. Disposal costs, subsurface pressures, varying regulations, 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, and re-use programs that go along with it.

Flowback Strategies

Session Chairs: Billy Harris & Travis Roberts

Many unconventional well flowback strategies have been focused on short-term results. Establishment by operators of longer-term well performance objectives is altering flowback management strategies. This Session will explore the latest strategies designed to optimize well performance and improve alignment with those priorities.

Artificial Lift

Session Chairs: Amy Hall & Chris Klabunde

Rapid development of the Permian Basin’s unconventional resources has created many challenges for optimizing production inflow performance. Compressed timelines, capacity constrictions, short lift method lifecycles, and other operational issues have been added to complications presented by producing from horizontal wells, while adjusting to ever-evolving understandings of unconventional reservoirs. This Session considers case histories and best practices for artificial lift design, operations, performance evaluation, and improvement. 



0700 - 0800

Registration Check-In and Breakfast

0800 - 0815

Chairperson's Welcome

Yogashri Pradhan, Endeavor Energy Resources

0815 - 1000

Completion Diagnostics and Design

Keynote: Considerations and Diagnostic Constraints for Determining Stage Length and Perforation Cluster Intensities

Paul Huckabee & Gustavo Ugueto, Shell

Presentation #2: TBA

Using Surface Data for Real Time Fracture Guidance to Optimize Hydraulic Fracturing and Predict Production

Andrew McMurray, ShearFrac

1000 - 1030

Coffee Break

Poster Sessions

1030 - 1200

Water Management

Characterization of Permian Basin Subsurface Pressure due to Water Injection

Ross Mower, 3B Insights

Title TBA

Abdul Sule, Chevron

Presentation #3: TBA

1200 - 1330

Keynote Lunch


Brent Gros, Chevron

*Presentation Begins at 1200*

1330 - 1500

Flowback Strategies

Title TBA

Yvonne Scherz, Endeavor Energy Resources

Full Section Development Flowback Strategy Case Study in the Delaware Basin Wolfcamp

Laine Valle, MDC Texas Energy

The Effects of Surface Data Acquisition Methods on Well Performance Evaluations

Darryl Tompkins, Revo Testing Technologies

1500 - 1530

Coffee Break

Poster Sessions

1530 - 1700

Artificial Lift​

Optimization of Gas Lift throughout the Well Lifecycle in Unconventional Reservoirs

Joseph Ayoub, Emerson

ESPs in the Midland Basin

Levi Harris, Colgate Energy

Determining Artificial Lift Strategy for Midland Basin Operator

Alex Shih, Pioneer Natural Resources

1700 - 1830




Registration Details

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

If you are unable to register online, please email cathyaharris1416@gmail.com 

Registration Fees

On or Before TBD: $375
After TBD: $450

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

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted to SPE in writing on or before TBD for a refund, less a $50 administration fee.

Please send cancellation requests to cathyaharris1416@gmail.com

No refunds will be issued after TBD.


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Midland, TX 79701


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