Optimizing Gas Fields Using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Introduction to Optimizing Shale Gas and Tight Oil Fields

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course offers practical, state-of-the-art techniques for optimizing gas field assets. Participants will learn techniques that are based on the concept of integrated asset modeling (IAM), and working together through an asset team to reach an integrated optimal solution. In addition, because of the tremendous interest in developing and optimizing shale gas and tight oil field assets, around the world, an introduction to this topic is included in this course. Participants will learn by reviewing case histories; will work on practical and useful problems on their own, then see the instructors’ solutions. Each participant will receive a workbook of the instructors’ presentations and solutions to the problems.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

The biggest advantage of utilizing gas fields through IAM is that the results are consistent with facilities, well, and reservoir constraints and are more realistic. Utilizing this technology helps obtain answers quickly—extremely important for making business investment decisions with limited time. In the future, IAM will be linked to monitoring CO2 emissions as the effect of fuel consumption on facilities can easily be incorporated.

Who Should Attend

Petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, and asset managers interested in managing and maximizing profitability from gas field as well as from shale gas and tight oil field, assets should attend this course.

This course is ideally suited for presentation in conjunction with the SPE conferences, in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions, where presently there is tremendous interest in developing and optimizing gas field, as well as shale gas and tight oil field, assets.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class. Excel programs will be provided in class.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Luiz C. Amado is an expert in reservoir engineering, PVT/ compositional simulation and integrated asset modeling (IAM), and works with ENI Petroleum as a Senior Reservoir Engineer.

Amado has over 20 years of oil and gas industry experience, working with Shell, Petrobras, Ecopetrol, Nexen Petroleum and Schlumberger. He has been involved in projects in Mexico, the Southern North Sea (Leman), Brazil (Bijupira and Salema fields), and other areas of South America and South Caribbean. He was also involved in many projects in the Gulf of Mexico (Llano field, Pliocene, Miocene, and Lower Tertiary plays, Hadrian, K2, and Santos, Campos and Espirito Santo basins).

Amado holds a BS in civil engineering from Federal Fluminense University, Brazil, an MS in petroleum engineering from Campinas State University, Brazil and a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Leoben, Austria. He is a long-standing member of SPE and has served on several SPE technical committees and conference boards. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E., is chairman and CEO, and director of engineering and EOR/IOR, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to the company, that he founded in 1990 and that now provides full-service integrated consulting services to the worldwide oil and gas industry for onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional/shale, oil, gas, gas-condensate/volatile oil, and heavy oil field evaluation, development and optimization (to maximize oil and gas recovery and project profitability), he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise. 

Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines University, Imperial College London University, and Texas A&M University (wherefrom he earned a PhD in petroleum engineering). He was a research fellow in chemical engineering at Rice University, and worked for several years in senior-level petroleum engineering and consulting positions with major global integrated oil and gas producing and consulting companies before founding Avasthi & Associates, Inc.

Avasthi is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas, a Legion of Honor member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a technical editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, SPE Production & Operations Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He is a co-instructor of several popular courses taught under the auspicious of SPE, including, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR, Geological Sequestration of CO2, Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR, Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects, Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Optimizing Shale Plays, and Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration Prospects.

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