Geothermal Engineering and Development
This one-day course provides an overview of geothermal energy and its nature, and how humanity has historically utilized geothermal energy. The training also introduces earth science concepts that will provide a better understanding of how geothermal energy is generated. It covers the nature, occurrence, types and classification of geothermal fields, including those classified as advanced geothermal systems (EGS/HDR, magma, geo-pressure). The basics of geothermal exploration, drilling and production / development techniques are also introduced, including those of geothermal reservoir engineering. The different geothermal energy utilization and conversion methods and the issues affiliated with geothermal energy development will also be discussed.
- Get an overview of geothermal energy and its nature
- Acquire insights into how humanity has historically utilized geothermal energy
- Know earth science concepts that will provide a better understanding of how geothermal energy is generated
- Gain familiarity about the nature, occurrence, types and classification of geothermal fields, including those classified as advanced geothermal systems (EGS/HDR, magma, geo-pressure)
- Identify with geothermal exploration techniques and how they are utilizes to gain knowledge about the geothermal resource
- Learn techniques and practices associated with the drilling, completion, operation, maintenance and abandonment of geothermal wells
- Have an overview of geothermal engineering concepts and how they differ from petroleum reservoir engineering
- Get an education on geothermal energy utilization and conversion methods
- Study issues related to geothermal energy development
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Introductory – Intermediate
Take away applicable best practices into:
- Geothermal energy generation and fields
- Geothermal systems (EGS/HDR, magma, geo-pressure).
- Exploration techniques and how they are utilises to gain knowledge about the geothermal resource
- Drilling, completion, operation, maintenance and abandonment of geothermal wells
- Geothermal energy utilisation and conversion methods
Who Should Attend
This course is prepared for those interested in learning more about geothermal energy engineering and development.
Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.
Steve Nas holds an MSc in Drilling Engineering from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and over 35 years of oilfield experience of which 32 years as a drilling engineer including 15 years as a wellsite. Steve started his career in 1977 as a Mud logger. After which he had worked with Shell and then Smedvig and became involved in underbalanced drilling operations drilling numerous UBD wells in the North Sea, Indonesia, Thailand, and Colombia as well as in other parts of the world. In 2004 he joined Weatherford in Asia Pacific followed by the SPT group in 2011 where he headed their well engineering group further specializing in well control and hydraulic flow modeling technology. In 2012 SPT was acquired by Schlumberger and he is now Adviser for Drilling Software in Schlumberger.
Julmar Shaun S. Toralde spent six years with Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Philippines as Instructor and Department Chairperson of the Geothermal Engineering Program, also serving as a Research Coordinator of the College of Engineering and Architecture, and Research Journal Editor of the university, from 1999 to 2005. Shaun has served Weatherford previously as Controlled Pressure Drilling (CPD) Engineer and as CPD&T Engineering Coordinator and has been personally involved in geothermal aerated drilling projects in the Asia Pacific region. He also spearheaded the successful delivery of the globally pioneering deepwater managed pressure drilling (MPD) projects. He was also Engineering Manager - Asia Pacific, Well Construction Services, and is currently Engineering / Sales Manager, Secure Drilling Services – Asia Pacific, as well as Engineering Lead, Well Engineering and Project Management - Asia Pacific, with Weatherford, where he is managing more than 50 engineers in developing novel solutions for critical environments using advanced well construction technologies.