PETROENG 7062 - Unconventional Resources & Recovery

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

: This course will provide an overview of the key issues and methods relevant to the exploration, assessment and development of unconventional reservoirs. The course will focus on application of geomechanics in CSG, tight gas and shale gas, reserve estimation and production forecasting of unconventional reservoirs including empirical production decline methods, analytical reservoir models, and linear double porosity type curves and fractured reservoir simulation, field development and economics of unconventionals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7062
    Course Unconventional Resources & Recovery
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive short course of lectures and seminars (total of 49 hours)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge PETROENG 7042, PETROENG 7059, PETROENG 7060
    Assessment In class test, Assignment, Final Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Raymond Johnson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Fundamentals and overview of CSG and shale gas
    2 Fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing
    3 Practising reservoir engineering of CSG
    4 Introduction to geological characteristics of unconventional
    5 Application and practise of geo-mechanics in unconventional reservoirs including basic rock mechanics, earth stresses, fracturing and stress, well-bore stability and hydraulic fracturing in CSG, tight gas and shale gas.
    6 Reserve estimation and production forecasting using decline curve analysis.
    7 Reservoir and wellbore characterization using analytical methods and type curve matching.
    8 Reserve estimation, production forecasting, and reservoir characterization using multiple porosity reservoir simulation.
    9 Enhanced gas recovery by proppant injection in unconventional reservoirs.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,3,6,9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 9,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Not Applicable

    Recommended Resources

    Coal-bed Methane: Principles and Practices, Halliburton

    GRI CBM Production Operations, Vicki A. Hollub and Paul S. Schafer, 1992

    Gas Reservoir Engineering, John Lee, SPE Textbook Series Vol. 5, 1996

    Shale Gas Production Processes, James G. Speight, Elsevier, 2013
    Online Learning

    Some lecture materials and PowerPoint slides will be available through MyUni

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials and in-class discussion.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact hours: 48 hours

    Home study: 100 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    DayLecture 1
    Lecture 2
    Lecture 3
    Lecture 4
    (16:30 - 17:00)

    Mon 22 Sept Day 1 Introduction (Manny) Geology of Unconventionals (Peter) Geology of Unconventionals (Peter) Geology of Unconventionals (Peter)
    Tues 23 Sept Day 2
    Geomechanics in Unconventionals (Ray) Permeability Systems (Ray) Resource Estimation (Ray) Resource Estimation (Ray)
    Wed 24 Sept Day 3 Resource Estimation (Ray) Field Appraisal & Well Planning (Ray) Field Appraisal & Well Planning (Ray)

    In-Class Quiz
    Thur 25 Sept Day 4 Well Testing (Ray) Well Testing (Ray) Hydraulic Fracturing (Ray) Hydraulic Fracturing (Ray)
    Fri 26 Sept Day 5 Hydraulic Fracturing (Ray) Hydraulic Fracturing (Ray) Production Engineering (Ray) Tutorial (Ray) In-class Quiz
    Mon 29 Sept Day 6 Reservoir Engineering (Manny) Reservoir Engineering (Manny) Reservoir Engineering (Manny)  Tutorial
    Tues 30 Sept Day 7 Reservoir Simulation (Manny) Reservoir Simulation (Manny Field Development (Ray) Field Development (Ray) In-Class Quiz
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment will be carried out based on 3 elements of class participation and in-class quiz, Homework assignment, and the final exam

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Compulsory attendance at tutorials

    Assessment Detail

    Class participation and In-class tests 20%
    Assignment 20%
    Final Exam 60%


    All homework assignments need to be submitted at due date.

    Home work assignments need a cover sheet with student’s signature.

    Any late submission of homework will be marked zero.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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