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April 11, 2017 Meeting

BJ Davis
Manager of Geological Services
Baker Hughes
Internation Pressure Pumping
Tomball, TX

“Haynesville Shale Laboratory Characterization: Observations and Impacts on Completion Designs and Proppant Selections”

This discussion will focus on selected laboratory characterization and testing results of Haynesville mudstones, aimed at understanding critical issues in completion designs and related production challenges.  Information generated on Haynesville cores will be compared to other unconventional reservoirs for perspective.  Visual reviews of the mudstone matrix and natural fractures, mineralogical analysis, mechanical properties, and fluid compatibility results point toward the degree of sensitivity of the completion problems inherent in clay-rich mudstone reservoirs such as the Haynesville.  Proppant diagenesis research conducted on Haynesville core at Haynesville conditions also provides insights into embedment characteristics and proppant selections.

Brian “BJ” Davis is the Manager-Geological Services for Baker Hughes at the International Pressure Pumping Technology Center in Tomball, Texas.  Since graduating from Texas A&M-Commerce with an Earth Science/Geology degree, Davis has spent 37 years in the petroleum and environmental industries focused on the evaluation of petroleum and geothermal reservoirs through the characterization and laboratory testing of reservoir samples.  He is an active member of AAPG, the Houston Geological Society, and SPE.  He is the author or co-author of several SPE papers and has served on technical committees for multiple SPE conferences.  His background includes research, field operations, quality assurance/quality control, and engineering/sales support. In addition to presentations at AAPG, IOGA, and SPE conferences, he has prepared and presented numerous schools and project summaries to employees and customers.  Davis manages the geological team’s research and technical support for global product lines such as hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, coiled tubing, cementing, sand control, and remedial well treatment operations.  The team provides primary and remedial well stimulation and completion recommendations to both internal and external customers, based upon the results and interpretation of detailed rock/pore network characterization and production materials studies.  Davis’ areas of interest include understanding the similarities and differences between current mudstone and tight oil plays, defining production and damage mechanisms in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and focusing on methodologies to limit production impairment and enhance productivity.

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