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Technical / TECH-02 / Calgary, AB

2 days / 27-28 March 2019

Type Curve Seminar with Applied Workshop

Art McMullen P.Eng., RPEQ

Regional Director, Asia Pacific

Art is Regional Director, Asia Pacific at Sproule.  He has over 35 years of technical and management experience in the oil and gas business, including extensive knowledge in many areas of coalbed methane, conventional and unconventional oil and gas. Art specializes in reporting on oil and gas assets to standards required by securities exchanges across the globe and instructs courses on this topic. He also provides advisory on mergers, acquisitions, and disposition. Art has project experience in Canada, Australia, Indonesia and the United States and is responsible for expanding Sproule’s services in Asia Pacific.


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Type curves used in the forecasting of reserves and production is not a new phenomenon in the oil and gas industry. However, it has become a critical tool in the reservoir engineer’s tool kit because of the development of shale oil and gas plays as well as the redevelopment of traditional plays through horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracking. This 2-day course is an introduction to the science behind type curves and their evolving use in today’s oil and gas industry.


The course, which will focus on the Alberta Cardium oil play, the BC Montney gas play and other tight light oil plays, will provide insights into how type curves should best be applied. The course will also identify some of the challenges behind understanding the production story and reserves assignments derived from type curves. Topics include:

  • Probabilistic reserves determinations
  • Why type curves should be used
  • The theory behind using multi-segment curves
  • How multi-segment curves are generated and factors affecting type curves
  • Resource and reserves definitions appropriate to plays evaluated by type curves will also be discussed

Designed for

This course is designed for engineering and geoscience professionals who may currently, or in the future, be involved in oil and gas plays where type curves are primarily used to determine future production and reserves. The first day of the course will focus on the technical presentation through a lecture format. The second day of the course will be dedicated to working through a number of workshop problems utilizing Energy Navigator’s Val Nav software.