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Some training courses require special materials and/or equipment, please refer to the full course description for details. 0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for 1-day courses. 1.6 CEUs are awarded for 2-day courses.

All classes are being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio.

0800–1700, Saturday through Sunday, 6–7 October

Asset Management—Tools, Process, and Practice

Instructor: Alok Jain

Participants in this course will learn to develop and put in context an integrated asset management plan. They will begin by defining the asset from the earliest phases and work through its lifecycle, including all of the infrastructure, facilities, equipment and services.

Why You Should Attend

You’ll learn asset management strategies and skills that will serve you well throughout your career.

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Hydraulic Fracturing/Pressure Analysis

Instructor: Michael B. Smith

This course presents the basics of analyzing fracturing pressure, including design parameters that can be determined, and the uses and limitations of such analysis for on-site design. Sessions include real-world examples from a variety of wells, from tight gas and shale to high permeability, offshore, and frac-pack treatments.

Laptops are required.

Why You Should Attend

Although operators have been fracturing reservoirs for decades, recent advances in the technology are having a dramatic effect on the industry. This course will give you a strong foundation for building your knowledge in this important area.

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An Overview of Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

Instructor: Kenneth Mahrer

This course is designed to give the attendees a rudimentary understanding of this technology based on the science at its foundation, the means and methods by which it is carried out, and the benefits it brings to the users. Attendees should expect to become knowledgeable and discerning users, evaluators, and questioners of those vending this technology.

Why You Should Attend

You will gain an understanding of the foundation of the “ground truth” from microseismic imaging data, an appreciation for the implementation and benefits of the technology, and an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the technology.

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Modern Well Design

Instructor: Erik Kaarstad

This course presents a unified approach to the well design process. It is an overview of the operational sequences, from spudding the well through drilling and completion, to startup and production. Participants will learn elementary rock mechanics and a simple way to analyze borehole stability. The information is then used to design a fracture gradient curve, which serves as input to the well design process. That is followed by a discussion of the potential for optimization.

Why You Should Attend

Some of the practical solutions given in the course come from many years experience in the North Sea, and are not published elsewhere. Each participant will receive a copy of the book Modern Well Design: Second Edition by Bernt S. Aadnoy.

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Oilfield Data Mining

Instructor: Shahab D. Mohaghegh

This course examines the successful application of artificial intelligence and data mining (AI&DM) in the E&P industry in the past several years.  It will start with the fundamentals of AI&DM, covering artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, and fuzzy logic. The course is devoted to field application of this technology with focus on production optimization and recovery enhancement.

Why You Should Attend

Artificial Intelligence is a collection of several analytical tools that attempts to mimic life. This technology is used extensively in other industries such as automation and manufacturing, financial market and home land security. It has been predicted that use of AI technology will introduce a step change in how E&P

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Production Forecast and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Resources

Instructor: John Lee

This course teaches the skills and understanding needed to forecast production and estimate reserves in unconventional (ultra-low permeability) gas reservoirs. Although the course emphasizes gas shale and tight gas formations, some of the material also applies to oil reservoirs. You’ll also learn the basic theories that describe how fluids move through a reservoir, as well as some of the most common drilling and completion techniques for recovering them.

Laptops are required.

Why You Should Attend

There are various ways to forecast production and estimate the size of unconventional gas reservoirs. In this course you’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each system. This course will give you the competence to forecast production and estimate reserves for individual gas and oil wells and reservoirs using state-of-the art methods.

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Reservoir Simulation for Practical Decision Making

Instructors: Dean Rietz, Miles Palke

This course covers all the important facets of reservoir modeling, with a considerable amount of the class time reserved for case studies. Previous models conducted by the instructors will also be discussed. (Students must bring calculator.)

Why You Should Attend

By the end of this course, you will better understand how to plan and conduct reservoir studies, and how to review studies conducted by others.

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Review for the Principles and Practice Exam

Instructors: Richard Hughes, Bob Chase, Shawket Ghedan

This course reviews the typical petroleum engineering problems found on the professional registration examination. Topics include drilling and completion, production logging, economics, reservoir engineering and formation evaluation. Course materials and sample problems are updated each year to remain abreast of changes in the examination.

Calculators are required.

Why You Should Attend

This course can save valuable time by helping you study for the professional registration exam in a focused way. By the time you take the exam, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you are well prepared.

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Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production

Instructor: George King

This course acquaints participants with the basics of oil and gas shale evaluation and current shale selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments. Technologies include logging, frac interval selection, multi-stage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.

Laptops are required.

Why You Should Attend

The technology for recovering oil and gas reserves from shale is changing the face of the industry worldwide. If shale reserves are part of your portfolio, this course is for you.

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0800–1700, Sunday, 7 October

Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

Instructor: Larry Lake

This 1-day course teaches an integrated version of the basics of waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), illustrating the connection of each process to a few fundamental principles. It reviews the specifics of thermal and solvent EOR by relating basic principles to the results of cases from the field. Topics include the definitions of EOR and polymer flooding, the fundamentals of displacement, phase behavior, micellar-polymer flooding, chemical methods, thermal flooding and the basics of solvent flooding.  

Why You Should Attend

Every oilfield eventually relies on some form of enhanced oil recovery. Some require it from the start. If your career involves oil and gas production, this is an important course for you. 

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Reservoir Aspects of Horizontal and Multilateral Wells

Instructor: Sada Joshi

*Class will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

This course includes discussion on the practical issues and reservoir parameters of horizontal well projects. The topics include formation damage, drainage areas, well spacing, well reserves, and rate calculations using steady-state and pseudo steady-state methods. The course includes several field case histories and performance analysis of horizontal wells.

Why You Should Attend

While horizontal wells are riskier and more expensive than conventional wells, the production gains may be worth it. This course teaches you when the technology justifies the risk.

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Shale Oil and Tight Oil Fundamentals

Instructor: Steve Hennings

This course will help you understand the differences in how tight oil and shale oil reservoirs are evaluated and developed. You will review the key geologic features of commercially successful plays and what determines hydrocarbon composition in a shale. Global activities and key terminology will be covered.

Why You Should Attend

Recent success in developing oil from very low permeability reservoirs in North America has sparked global interest in how these plays are being identified, evaluated, and developed.  This course addresses these issues that require unique approaches, as compared to conventional oil reservoirs, primarily in the areas of well design, hydraulic fracture design, log analysis, core analysis, and production forecasting.

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0800–1700, Thursday, 11 October

Artificial Lift

Instructor: Rajan Chokshi

This course will help develop a solid foundation in all forms of lift and the concepts of the selection process to maximize production and return on investment. It is for anyone who wishes to understand the implications of production systems on their field reservoirs.

Laptop recommended but not required.

Why You Should Attend

This class helps ensure a broad view of artificial lift, particularly when in-house expertise is limited to one-or two-lift systems.

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Coiled Tubing and Its Applications

Instructor: Ed Smalley

This course presents an introduction to coiled tubing (CT) as a tool for workover, drilling, and completions. It provides an overview of conventional CT applications, the properties of CT, its manufacture, surface equipment and subsurface tools. A significant portion of the course covers mechanical performance, including working limits, buckling, lockup and fatigue. There will also be a discussion of drilling technology and hydraulics.

Why You Should Attend

Coiled tubing has many applications in the oil and gas industry. Anyone involved with exploration and production should be familiar with the basics of this versatile technology.  

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Horizontal Well Completions

Instructors: Aaron Burton, Sid Banerjee

This 1-day course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells. It covers both cased-hole and open-hole configurations, either with or without sand control. Participants will learn the applications and dynamics of horizontal wells, including drill-in fluids, hole displacement, cementing, perforating, and stimulation. They will also learn the guidelines for selecting stand-alone screens and executing horizontal gravel packs. 

Why You Should Attend

Horizontal drilling was a step-change in the industry, but the technology is more expensive and riskier than drilling vertical or deviated wells. As a drilling, completion or reservoir engineer, it is important for you to understand the many challenges and options of horizontal drilling.

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In-Situ Recovery Methods and SAGD

Instructor: K.C. Yeung

This course will provide a general overview of current and emerging heavy oil recovery methods with emphasis on field experiences in Alberta and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Participants will learn about the concepts, field development, reservoir performances, applicability, challenges, and issues of the various in-situ recovery methods.

Why You Should Attend

Many advances have been made in in-situ recovery techniques over the past twenty years, especially in Alberta where conventional oil production has been declining. The advancement in horizontal well drilling and the invention of the SAGD process have resulted in the commercial development of horizontal cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) and numerous SAGD projects. Emerging recovery technologies are also developing in order to reduce the capital costs, operating costs, and environmental impact.

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Shale Gas Development

Instructor: Steve Hennings

This 1-day course covers the basic geological aspects and key properties of shale gas. It also reviews the status and characteristics of various shale gas plays, and the factors that control gas-in-place and productivity. Participants will learn how to collect, analyze and interpret critical data, to calculate reserve volumes and forecast production. They will also gain practical insight and learn techniques for quality control and due diligence.

Why You Should Attend

The class will lay the foundation for your broader understanding of shale gas developments. It’s also a great opportunity to network with others from the shale gas industry.

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Unconventional Reservoir Production (Rate-Transient) Analysis

Instructor: Chris Clarkson

This course provides a brief review of the unique properties of unconventional reservoirs and the way they can affect the analysis of production data. Discussions will include pore structure and gas storage mechanisms, material balance, matrix and fracture flow, non-static permeability and multi-phase flow.

There will be a review of completion and stimulation methods for unconventional reservoirs. Participants will also see field examples from tight gas, single- and multi-phase shale gas, and single- and multi-phase coal bed methane developments.

Why You Should Attend

Unconventional gas reserves are transforming energy outlooks around the world. If you are part of this important energy trend, this course is for you.

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Waterflooding Concepts, Design, Prediction, and Optimization

Instructor: Iraj Ershaghi

Get a review of the characteristics of petroleum reservoirs and ways that injected fluids affect the success of waterfloods. This course includes discussing the various sources of data, measurement techniques, and their cost-effectiveness. You will analyze the performance of actual waterfloods, learn shortcuts for predicting their effectiveness and chemical methods for enhancing them.

Why You Should Attend

Waterflooding is one of the most basic techniques for secondary recovery, yet conducting the most efficient and effective waterflood is tricky business.

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Technical Disciplines:

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HSE Icon Health, Safety, & Envrionment

PFC Icon Projects, Facilities, & Construction

MI Icon Management & Information

PO Icon Production & Operations

RDD Icon Reservoir Description & Dynamics