SPE Tight Oil Workshop

Tight oil resources are largely found in a trend ranging from Alberta to Texas. North America is now the fastest growing oil-producing region outside of OPEC, and it is expected to continue growing due to two main factors 1) increased output from Canada's oil sands; and 2) production from North American tight oil formations.

Western Canada hosts an abundance of tight oil formations, both surrounding conventional oil reservoirs like the Pembina Cardium oil field, entirely new regional resource plays like the Duvernay/Muskwa formations, and the less understood Exshaw shale often referenced as the Alberta Bakken. 

While the potential opportunity is great, there are many geoscience, engineering and commercial challenges involved in the exploration for and the economic production of tight oil.


The primary objective of this two-day workshop is to bring together operators, service companies, research bodies, regulatory authorities and other interested parties, in an open and collaborative environment to discuss challenges and share potential solutions that will: 

  • Speak to the unique characteristics of these reservoirs and the required geoscience disciplines needed to understand them.
  • Present sophisticated drilling technology and advanced completion techniques.
  • Address production forecasting, reserves determination and effective design of enhanced recovery projects.
  • Share field case studies and best practices in the disciplines of geoscience, reservoir characterization, and exploitation technology. 


This workshop will focus on establishing sound geoscience and engineering principles as they apply to each of the tight oil plays discussed. Topical plays could include the following:

  • Mature plays such as the Viking, Cardium and Saskatchewan Bakken
  • Evolving plays such as Duvernay, Muskwa and Montney 
  • Emerging plays such as Exshaw and Second White Specs
  • International Analogues such as Eagle Ford and the Permian Basin


This workshop is intended for any geoscience, engineering, and technology practitioner engaged in the study and exploitation of tight oil reservoirs. 

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees 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.

Many 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 members of the press are not invited to attend. 


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the technical program committee for public release, but no other information.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.