The integration of disciplines and data is often discussed, occasionally implemented, and rarely as successful as it can or should be. However, failure to accomplish such integration often leads to development missteps and reserves left in the ground. Hydraulic fracturing is one of those areas where multidisciplinary integration is not as common or as effective as it should be. This talk will discuss one engineer’s observations on how communication can be improved between engineers and geoscientists in the area of hydraulic fracturing. The application and integration of tools such as DFIT’s (Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests), fracture modeling, fiber optics, etc. will be discussed, along with some thoughts on how such hydraulic fracturing tools can help with the overall field development – something that is beneficial to all disciplines involved. Also, some hints on “what should I be asking my engineer?” will be provided, and an interpretation of “what is my engineer trying to tell me?” will also be discussed.
Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering. Presently she is an Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in the Petroleum Engineering Department, where she has held various appointments since 2002. Jennifer founded and is the Co-Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium at CSM. Prior to originally joining CSM, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations. More recently, she was a Senior Consulting Engineer for Barree & Associates in Lakewood, CO, from 2013-2016, before returning full-time to the university. Dr. Miskimins teaches a variety of short courses on various subjects, including completions and stimulation. She is a member of SPE, SPWLA, and AAPG, was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011 and 2013-2014, and currently serves on the SPE Board of Directors as the Completions Technical Director.