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PESA QLD: Technical Luncheon, 24th October – Prof. Ray Johnson

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Guest Speaker(s): Professor Raymond Johnson Jr.

Dr Ray Johnson, Jr., Principal at Unconventional Reservoir Solutions (, has been involved with design, execution, and evaluation of reservoir stimulation treatments since 1980 and has a PhD in Mining Engineering relating to pre-drainage of fluids (i.e., gas and water) for coal mining. Prior to moving to Australia in 1998, Ray had 17 years’ experience in engineering and management positions throughout the Central US involving fracture stimulation design, execution and evaluation of coals, shales and other naturally fractured reservoirs and in areas encompassing most currently producing US unconventional basins. Ray holds a MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where his 2000 thesis was one of the first published there on assessing shale gas resources. Ray is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the ASP, University of Adelaide and Professor of Well Engineering & Production Technology at the University of Queensland, School of Chemical Engineering.


This month, PESA QLD is happy to welcome Professor Ray Johnson from the University of Queensland to present a technical luncheon entitled “What we have we learned and where do we need to go to improve hydraulic fracturing outcomes in Australian unconventional reservoirs”.
Professor Johnson has recently presented a related topic at APPEA conference earlier this year, and has expanded the presentation with new content for the PESA audience.

The Technical Lunch will be held at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel, in the “Victoria’s Room” with access from the Hilton Main Foyer on level 6.
For detailed directions, see explanation below.
Please note the Early Bird ticket pricing cutoff times described below.


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[column size=”3/4″]What we have we learned and where do we need to go to improve hydraulic fracturing outcomes in Australian unconventional reservoirs[/column]
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[column size=”3/4″]Hilton Hotel Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Victoria’s Room, Access from Level 6. (Detailed directions below)
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[column size=”3/4″]Thursday, 24th October 2019,    12:15 pm[/column]
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Presentation Abstract:
Adaptation of North American strategies to Australia’s complex, and highly stressed unconventional areas has resulted in less than adequate performance to progress further investment into widespread development into resources such as low-permeability coals, deep coals, and basin-centred gas plays. In several 2018-2019 presentations I and other authors explored this topic as related to individual plays. So as a whole, what have we learned and what does that mean in improving opportunities for successful stimulation in more complex unconventional plays?
This presentation will revisit the obvious differences between Australian and North American stress settings, and the problems manifested by those differences in hydraulic fracture containment and behaviour. Further, the results of complementary strategies will be presented relative to fundamental hydraulic fracturing and geomechanical principles. Finally, this presentation will highlight the unique problems, discuss results of emerging potential solutions, and provide insight into areas of ongoing research towards developing a vast supply of potential unconventional resources in low-permeability coals, deep coals, and basin-centred gas plays.

Tickets for the Technical Luncheon can be purchased below.

Please be advised of the early bird cutoff date.
Early bird pricing will remain available up until Wednesday 16th October, 5:00 PM after which, standard pricing will come into effect.

Early Bird Ticket Price Standard Ticket Price
PESA Members – $55
Non-Members – $75
Student / Retired Members – $30
PESA Members – $75
Non-Members – $95
Student / Retired Members – $30

Registrants may elect to book a ‘Talk Only’ ticket below.  Chairs will be made available at the back of the room for members wishing to attend the presentation.
Talk Only tickets are free of charge, however, no refreshments or lunch is included.


Victoria’s Room can be accessed by two means.  Detailed directions are below:
1) Entry from Queen Street Mall
Enter the lifts located just to the left of Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, and take the lifts to Level 6.  Once you exit the lifts, Victoria’s Room is immediately to the left.
2) Entry from Elizabeth Street
Enter the foyer located on 190 Elizabeth Street, and take the lifts to level 6 (Main Foyer).  Victoria’s Room is located in the back of the main foyer towards the right as you walk past Vintaged Restaurant.

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Thursday, 24 October, 2019
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Hilton Brisbane City
    190 Elizabeth Street
    Brisbane QLD, Brisbane 4000 Australia

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