James-CraftonJames Crafton is the founder of Performance Sciences in Colorado. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa. Crafton developed the reciprocal productivity index technique, a practical method for the evaluation of producing shale, oil, gas, and coalbed methane wells. Crafton is chair emeritus of the Distinguished Lecturer Committee and was named a Distinguished Member in 2008. He holds several patents.

James Crafton

“Hydraulic Fracture Complexity: Insights From Geology, Modeling, and Physical Experiments”

The shale gas revolution, ushered in through the Barnett shale development in Texas, demonstrated the potential of multifracture horizontal wells. A close companion with hydraulic fracture placement technology was fracture diagnostic technology. The ideas around hydraulic fracture complexity exploded with the widespread application of microseismic monitoring.
This talk will use natural fracture examples and create complex fracture geometries using numerical fracture propagation modeling and scaled laboratory experiments. Evidence of stress shadow effects is illustrated for natural fractures, and the consequent effect in hydraulic fractures is demonstrated through modeling.
Cemented natural fractures are proposed as primary pre-existing flaws with which hydraulic fractures might interact, and the factors influencing this interaction are illustrated. Scaled laboratory experiments simulating hydraulic fracturing in naturally fractured reservoirs illustrate the range of fracture interaction geometries that might occur in the subsurface.
Lessons learned from this integrated approach to fracture complexity characterization can help guide well planning, geologic data collection, and hydraulic fracture optimization efforts.

Invitation to Submit a Paper Abstract for the European Regional Student Paper Contest

SPE is pleased to invite you to submit a paper abstract for the European Regional Student Paper Contest (RSPC) to be held alongside the European Formation Damage Conference in Budapest, Hungary, on 1–2 June 2015. This contest is only open to students residing and studying in the North Sea and South, Central and East Europe Regions.

SPE will assist with the costs for flights and accommodation for the students whose abstracts are accepted to present.

The contest will be held in three different categories: Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate. The subject of the paper must be related to petroleum engineering, which is defined as the application of basic and engineering sciences on the finding, development, and recovery of oil, gas, and other resources from wells.

Entrance to the contest is free of charge. Please take time to go through the following notes on submitting a paper proposal.

Find out more about the regional and international Student Paper Contest >>


  • Contestants must be SPE members in good standing at the time of application
  • Only students enrolled as full-time students are eligible to participate in the contest. The definition of “full-time” is determined by the student’s university
  • If the student has already earned a degree, it must have been less than twelve months before the contest. For example: a student graduating July 2014 must compete by July 2015. If you have commenced a higher level of education you must submit your abstract in that category.
  • Please check the current Sanction laws and requirements before entering. They can be found here.
  • Students are not required to be a member of a student chapter in order to participate in the contest
  • Only sole authored papers can be submitted
  • Student cannot submit a paper that has previously been presented and published at another SPEI event
  • Final rulings on questionable eligibility will be made by the young member engagement committee


Please complete the contest entry form and send to jabbott@spe.org along with your proposal in word format (maximum 300 words) on or before Friday, 13 March 2015. Please note that this is a firm deadline and is not subject for extension, any abstract received later than set deadline will not be accepted.

All paper abstracts must be submitted in English. You should give a description of the proposed paper, summarising its scope and describing any results or conclusions.


Please seek approval from your Institute/University to participate in the contest and to present the proposed materials prior to submitting your abstract.

Applicants will be notified if the abstract has been accepted or declined by Monday, 13 April 2015. Final paper, if selected, must not differ greatly from the abstract submitted.

Get hints and tips for writing your paper >>

Dear SPE members, we would like to encourage you to join “Szlachetna Paczka”! It’s a charity action which aim is to help poor families. Our Chapter and  students scientific association “Nafta i Gaz” are going to prepare a present for one family. Thanks to this, Christmas time will be really happy for them! For more information visit Szlachetna Paczka’s website:


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