Technology Transfer Activities

Technology transfer is an ongoing process that includes access to information through the Internet, almost daily inquires from operators and formal presentations. The data, results and technology developed as part of the project have been presented at numerous technical meetings and published in technical papers in local, regional and national publications (Appendix A).

PfEFFER, a software package using a widely available spreadsheet, continues to be improved, tested and demonstrated as part of the Class 2 project. PfEFFER Version 2.0/Pro was released in February 1998. PfEFFER Version 2.0/Pro is a popular and cost-effective tool for the independent oil and gas operator. Hands-on demonstrations and workshops focusing on PfEFFER were presented for the Michigan Oil and Gas Association (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, February 19) at National Petroleum Technology Office (Tulsa, Oklahoma, February 24), at the SIPES National Meeting (Wichita, Kansas, March 3) and in Odessa Texas (Invitation of Phillips Petroleum Company, March 3-4). Also four hours of hands-on demonstrations and presentations using PfEFFER were presented at the North Midcontinent PTTC workshop in (Wichita, Kansas, November 19). The PTTC short course involved well log analysis techniques with an emphasis on modern logging technologies applicable to Kansas. Many of these new techniques were a direct development of the Class2 project.

The results of the evaluation of horizontal drilling technology in the Mississippian reservoirs of Kansas was presented at the North Midcontinent PTTC Horizontal Drilling Workshop (June 16, Wichita Kansas). This presentation emphasized cost-effective strategies for independents in selection of reservoir targets for horizontal drilling. The presentation has been invited and accepted for an AAPG Hedberg Conference entitled " International Horizontal Well Symposium: Focus on the Reservoir" (October 10-13, The Woodlands, Texas). Additional information on the conference and an online extended abstract (Gerlach and others, submitted) are available at

A presentation at the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project Oil Recovery Conference in (Wichita, KS, March 17-18) focused on application of a commercial simulator and the role of fracture porosity to a portion of the Schaben Field. Additional presentations are planned for the USDOE Oil and Gas Conference (Dallas, TX, June 29, 30), and at the joint meeting of the Midcontinent AAPG and Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (Wichita, KS, August 29-31). A paper has been accepted for the proceedings of a research conference on advanced reservoir characterization (Gulf Coast Section SEPM Nineteenth Annual Research Conference, December 5-8, Houston, Texas; Bhattacharya and others, accepted). Three extended abstracts covering a variety of topics were prepared for the 1998 AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City Utah (Franseen and others 1998; Guy and others, 1998 and Gerlach and others, 1998). We have worked to assure that the presentations provided complementary information and had similar formats. A manuscript covering the approach to geologic/engineering developed as part of the Class 2 project was completed (Watney and others, in press).

All data and results of the Schaben project are being added to a world-wide-web server. The Internet protocol provides independent operators with on-line access to digital information, digital databases, results of the field study, related regional geologic and production data, and purposeful transfer of technology. Access is through the Class 2 page (, and through the Schaben Field Page (Figure 2.22) of the Kansas Digital Petroleum Atlas (

We continue to work on a daily basis with a number of Kansas’s operators on application of the technologies developed as part of the Class 2 project.

Problems Encountered

The historically low oil prices of late 1998 and early 1999 have affected continued operations throughout Kansas including the Schaben Demonstration Area. However, the project has demonstrated the value of cost-effective technology and will be applied when oil prices justify resuming development activity. The project is well within budget and cost sharing is in excess of 50%.

Recommendations for Remainder of Budget Period 2

Tasks for Budget Period 2 as outlined in the original Continuation Proposal remain unchanged. Plans for the remainder of the Project, which concludes on July 30, 1999 include:

  1. Develop Improved Boast 3 model that incorporates a refined reservoir description. The reservoir will be divided into two units M1 and M0 that better reflect the known reservoir geology.
  2. Develop an online tutorial for using BOAST 3 at the full-field scale that uses commonly available spreadsheets as pre and post-processors.
  3. Complete a full-field simulation using a commercial simulator (e.g., VIP).
  4. Continue technology transfer activities (e.g., the Midcontinent AAPG and Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association).
  5. Complete manuscript entitled "Significance of Depositional and Early Diagenetic Controls on Architecture of a Karstic-Overprinted Mississippian (Osagian) Reservoir in Kansas" for AAPG Bulletin.
  6. Develop an digital online petrophysical atlas that includes Mississippian reservoirs
  7. Complete Final Report.

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