Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • US Major Oil & Gas Companies
  • E&P Companies Operating In The Bakken
  • Bakken Oil Acreage Owners
  • Companies Looking To Enter The Bakken
  • Government Bodies
  • Global Oil & Gas Investors

With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of…

  • Exploration
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Petrophysics
  • Completions
  • Production
  • New Ventures
  • Engineering
  • Development
  • Drilling


  • Completions Service Providers
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Providers
  • Directional Drilling Companies
  • Drilling Fluids Suppliers
  • Downhole Tools Suppliers
  • Reservoir Engineering Companies
  • Seismic & Core Analysis Companies
  • Horizontal Drilling Companies
  • Key Industry Laboratory & Analysis Firms
  • Pressure Pumping Firms
  • Market & Economic Analysts
  • Environmental Consultancies
  • Geological Surveys
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities
  • Modelling Software Systems Companies
  • Investment Firms
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Water Treatment & Management Companies
  • Oil Transportation Companies
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities


Stan WIlson

Stan Wilson

Manager, Northern Region - Resource Development

Continental Resources Inc. 

Archie Taylor

Archie R. Taylor

Manager, Reservoir Engineering

Continental Resources Inc.

Robin Pilcher

Robin Pilcher

Geoscience Team Lead & Senior Geological Advisor

Hess Corporation

Rene LaPrade

Rene LaPrade

SVP Operations



Mark Pearson


Liberty Resources LLC

Mike Lewis

Michael Lewis


Julifield LLC

Chris Faulkner

Chris Faulkner


Breitling Oil & Gas

TIm Benton

Timothy Benton

VP Geosciences

GMX Resources

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Exploration Manager Rockies

WhitMar Exploration Company


Jon Payne

Senior Geologist

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corporation

Rob Sterling

Robert Sterling

Senior Geologist

Cirque Resources

Mitch Meyer

Mitch Meyer

VP Geology

Three Forks Resources, LLC

Bakken Tight Oil Congress 2012

It is no news that Bakken production figures surpassed the half a million barrel per day mark in November. We know that it will continue to surpass that. We also know that some parts of the Bakken are more productive than others but what we don’t know is WHY. Is it good geology or is it good completions? Can you turn an unproductive field into productive one with good completions? Can an area be productive solely because of superior geological characteristics?

To fully exploit this phenomenal resource, it is imperative that industry dismiss the ‘one size fits all’ mentality for completion styles in exchange for tailored completions for specific reservoirs across the varying play types.  The only way to do this is to truly understand how geologically varied reservoirs can be across all the different play types within the Bakken.

The Bakken Tight Oil Congress 2012 for the very first time acknowledged the importance of recognizing the Bakken as a heterogeneous resource.  Not to seeing it as a single homogenous Bakken Play but as a collection of unique Bakken play types. Understanding how a play type differs in stratigraphy, geology, and reservoir quality allowed producers to determine the specialized completion techniques necessary to exploit a particular target zone for maximized production.

Executives and leading experts in geology and completions discussed the integration of geological properties with completions techniques to help producers identify sweet spots and fully exploit reservoirs within the various Bakken play types. 

Conference Room

Day one started by delivering a case study on how a completions strategy has been actively tailored to field-specific reservoirs to enhance well performance. It then looked differentiated between good completions and good geology to identify key well performance drivers. Presenters also examined completions fluids, proppants, completions technology, well spacing, frac stages and reservoir management to determine best practices in the Parshall, Sanish, Three Forks, Saskatchewan and many more. The day ended by looking at the extent of interaction between the Three Forks and the Bakken to determine well density and spacing.

Day two looked at the implications of the Bakken’s heterogenous petroleum system when identifying sweet spots. It then evaluated the Bakken as a dolomite instead of a shale to understand what drives its productivity over other plays. The day went on to deliver a break down of geological characteristics in various different plays including permeability and porosity, water saturation and brittleness to paint a picture of how geology differs across zones with different productivity. It then weighed up the debate on natural fractures and reservoir heterogeneity to evaluate the relative importance of them in predicting production rates and in determining sweet spots. Last but not least, the conference delineated the edges of the Bakken to determine the extent of the play and identify lucrative opportunities for the future.

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In order to maximize production, it is vital for Bakken producers to….

… understand the Bakken resource as a collation of play types, including the Sanish, Elm Coulee, Nesson Anticline, Parshall, Three Forks and Saskatchewan.

To overlook the geological differentials between one field type and another is to ignore the fundamentals of successful well production. Bakken Tight Oil Congress 2012 will bring together expert speakers to analyze multiple play types within the Bakken to demonstrate the importance of tailored completions in enhancing well performance.

Bakken Tight Oil Congress 2012 is the only event designed specifically to enhance learning on integrating geological and completions disciplines to determine the most effective technical applications for each play type within the Bakken:

PLAY TYPES: Understanding the Bakken as a geologically heterogeneous resource play with multiple play types including Parshall, Sanish, Three Forks, Rough Rider, Scallion and Saskatchewan

INTEGRATING GEOLOGY WITH COMPLETIONS : Designing completions relative to field-specific reservoir characteristics to optimize production

SWEET SPOT IDENTIFICATION: Realizing common geological and reservoir characteristics of hot spots in the Bakken to identify highly productive new targets

PRODUCTION PERFORMANCE: Correlating production performance to completions variables and geological parameters to distinguish the effects of good geology from good completions

EXTENT OF THE BAKKEN: Analyzing the migration of oil and gas beyond the Bakken as it is currently defined to de-lineate new edges of the play and new opportunities