Petroleum ETC Frac School - Hydraulic Fracturing Training

Frac School

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for Financial Advisors, Sales Professionals (proppants, frac fluids, safety equipment), and Completions, Reservoir, Production, or Operations Engineers; and Engineers serving on multidisciplinary asset teams. No prerequisites are required to attend this course. 

About The Event

Petroleum ETC Frac School courses are renowned for the balanced presentation of both the theoretical and the practical. The Frac School introduces hydraulic fracturing in a truly unique learning environment. The course reviews many topics and is customized to the needs of the industry's market. Frac School will provide the basic concepts of hydraulic fracturing and the broad applications of the technique to the advanced concepts and reservoir performance from frac designs. We discuss many fracturing technology benefits and limitations in all types of sandstone and carbonate reservoirs. Our instructors consider the critical components of the fracturing process, design, and implementation of hydraulic fracturing treatments and the multi-instructor training perspective is one of a kind not offered by any other school around. This allows for a dynamic approach to techniques and worldwide experience. In addition to the technical presentation, the course contains many practical exercises and class problems based on case histories. The top priority is to become familiarized with the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing including the universal process for Shale and Conventional plays, rock properties/log analysis, regulatory issues, and specifics of propping agents, frac fluids, and forced closure. We make custom courses to fit your schedule and you can receive more bang for your buck. Please submit an inquiry for an in-house course below.


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Mick specializes in unconventional reservoir forecasting and characterization, waterfloods, pressure transient analysis, rate transient analysis, and field studies utilizing reservoir simulation and classical reservoir engineering techniques. He worked for QRI, analyzing multiple PEMEX-operated offshore carbonate fields and used rate transient analysis, pressure transient analysis, and reservoir simulation to understand the performance of these fields. Senior Advisor for DEEPCAST, a big data analytics company. 

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Ted has held several positions with APEX Petroleum Engineering. He started as a Frac Engineer and has been promoted to Operations Manager, on to Vice President of Engineering and President. During his time at APEX, Ted has been involved in hydraulic fracturing treatment design, execution, and evaluation ranging from vertical tight gas wells to unconventional horizontal wells. This experience domestically was from California to Pennsylvania and North Dakota to Mississippi across most of the major basins. Internationally, the experience was in Argentina, Hungary, Poland, Russia and China. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM.



Wadhah is a Technical Manager at CARBO, where he provides technical advice on hydraulic fracture design, diagnostics, modeling, and product selection.  His professional interests include proppant selection and transport, and evaluating and optimizing proppant placement in oil and gas formations.  He has extensive field supervision experience in unconventional shales plays, both as a fracturing consultant, as well as supervising field trials of new products and technologies (such as CARBO's QUANTUM propped-fracture imaging service).  Before joining CARBO in 2010, he spent five years in field and region engineering roles at BJ Services Company in East Texas, where he was involved in their fracturing, acidizing, and cementing service lines.  He has authored three SPE papers, co-authored numerous others, served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during the 2017/2018 season, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Tech.



Sean joined Pinnacle in 2001 and was the second geophysicist added to the microseismic mapping service. Since then, Sean has analyzed microseismic datasets from all over the world and worked in every basin that Pinnacle has mapped hydraulic fractures in. Pinnacle was acquired by Halliburton in 2008. Currently, Sean is the technical manager for the down-hole microseismic group helping to drive the business development, technical prowess, and overall efficiency of the microseismic service. Previous to Halliburton/Pinnacle, Sean gained three years of exploration data processing experience while with Schlumberger (Geco-Prakla) and WesternGeco. Sean has worked in land, marine and transition zone environments in various basins in Canada, the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. Sean received a B.A. degree in Geology from Buffalo State College and a M.S. in Geology from Indiana University.

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Jerry L. Jensen is a research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology. He has been a professor at the Universities of Calgary, Texas A&M and Heriot-Watt, teaching and researching reservoir characterization topics such as interwell communication, petrophysical analysis of tight oil reservoirs, and geological statistics.  Jensen is co-author of two books on reservoir characterization.  He holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jerry Jensen joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 2007, after 10 years in the industry (Schlumberger and Gearhart Ind.) and 20 years at academic institutions (Texas A&M and Heriot-Watt Universities). He is a research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology. He has been a professor at the Universities of Calgary, Texas A&M and Heriot-Watt, teaching and researching reservoir characterization topics such as interwell communication, petrophysical analysis of tight oil reservoirs, and geological statistics.  Jensen is co-author of two books on reservoir characterization.  He holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-author of more than 100 publications, including the books: "Statistics for Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists" Elsevier 2nd Edition, 2000, and reprinted 2003) and "Practical Reservoir Engineering and Characterization" (Elsevier, 2015).


NICK DEUTSCH |  Crump & Deutsch, PLLC

Nick Deutsch is a Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Issues Specialist. His client-driven, results-focused approach has allowed him to successfully represent clients of all sizes, from individuals and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  He has more than a decade of experience in a wide range of practice areas including complex commercial litigation, eminent domain, and product liability litigation.  His clients come from an array of industries, including Real Estate, Oil & Gas, and Medical Devices.  Nick is licensed in all state and federal courts in Texas as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he has practiced in courts throughout the nation.  Prior to opening Crump & Deutsch, PLLC, Nick was a Partner at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon, L.L.P. Nick received his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review and Justice (President) of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.  He also holds a B.A., Cum Laude, from Southern Methodist University, where he was a Member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as several other honor societies. In addition to practicing law, Nick is a real estate investor and developer, giving him a unique business perspective on legal matters.  Nick also enjoys classic cars and spending time with his wife, Jen, and their three children. Publication: Michael Gray, Nicholas Deutsch & Melissa Marrero, Current Regulatory Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, Society of Petroleum Engineers Paper SPE-184859-MS, January 25, 2017.  Learn more

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 AARON BURTON | Unconventional Oil and Gas Training

Aaron's career has been focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. In 2015, Burton started Unconventional Oil and Gas Training, a company specializing in training and consulting for unconventional multistage completions. Prior to starting the company, he was with Baker Hughes for nearly 8 years. During his tenure at Baker Hughes he held a variety of roles in operations, business development, and product lines that were focused on multistage completions for hydraulic fracturing. He is an active author and instructor in the industry, authoring a chapter for an award-winning textbook, teaching five SPE continuing education courses, and has a video blog on multistage completions for hydraulic fracturing at Aaron Burton's Blog. He has written a variety of other documents including SPE papers, magazine articles and newsletters, and taught numerous classes to many different audiences and organizations. Also, he has been a discussion leader, presenter, panelist, and participated in many other roles in industry events.

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 Nicholas Ruppelt | Evolution Well Services


Nicholas Ruppelt joined Evolution Well Services (EWS) in January of 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Sales. At EWS, Mr. Ruppelt leads a team focused on revenue generation: new business development and existing client success. Prior to EWS, Mr. Ruppelt focused on automation, cloud, and digitalization technologies for the industrial sector as a sales leader at Siemens. He was responsible for guiding strategic, multi-national clients through the digital transformation journey. Mr. Ruppelt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, and he is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at Villanova University. 


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