Ian Walton Selected as SPE Distinguished Lecturer


EGI Senior Research Scientist Dr. Ian Walton has been selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as a 2016–2017 Distinguished Lecturer (DL).

Chosen annually by SPE, Distinguished Lecturers are nominated by their peers to share their extensive knowledge and expertise with other SPE members. Distinguished Lecturers represent each region of the world and the variety of disciplines covered by SPE members. Lecturers visit an average of 20 SPE local sections during their term, with rigorous tours of four days to two weeks in which they present lectures and share their expertise with audiences around the world.

Ian’s lecture topic for the 2016–2017 DL program will be “The Role of Natural Fractures in Shale Gas Production: What Does Production Data Tell Us?

This presentation describes the use of a semi-analytic shale gas production model to analyze and interpret production data from many shale gas wells across several different plays. Among the many inferences that can be drawn from the results of this investigation is a fresh appraisal of the role of natural and hydraulic fractures in the production process. In the end Ian makes the case that natural fractures may not, after all, be essential for economic shale gas production and may even be detrimental.

The concepts presented in the lecture material are based on research developed at EGI. EGI Corporate Associate members have access to relevant research already released from the confidential period via EGIconnect.com and through sponsorship of current EGI research.

We congratulate Ian on an exceptional accomplishment that EGI is proud and honored to support.

Visit SPE for more information about the Distinguished Lecturer program and a calendar of events for the current 2015–2016 season (September – June). The full program of 2016–2017 Distinguished Lecturer speakers is now available. For more information about the presentations, visit the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Lineup for 2016-2017.