Design of Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) Well Installations

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course will provide attendees with a greater understanding of the technical and economic factors that influence the selection and justification for installing DTS systems in specific well types, the completion and monitoring components needed to deliver a DTS-monitored well, and installation and commissioning operations.

Topics include:

  • Background and procedures for selecting candidate wells for DTS monitoring and for selecting specific monitoring options such as DTS and pressure gauges. A brief set of examples and exercises will illustrate the cost-benefit analysis one may employ during the selection and planning phases.
  • The completion components, installation equipment and processes, and the commissioning or start-up procedures needed to install and operate a fiber-optic monitoring system. Several well configurations will be considered, including offshore (dry tree), onshore oil, unconventional gas, thermal, and injection wells.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

To ensure the most value from DTS technology, field or planning staff needs the necessary skills to select candidate wells for DTS systems use and to learn the proper installation and start up procedures.

Who Should Attend

This course is for completion, production, surveillance, and reservoir engineers who need an introduction to the design of fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing well installations.


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; 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.


Dennis Dria, president and chief technology advisor for Myden Energy Consulting, has been involved with in-well fiber-optic monitoring since 1999, and well/reservoir monitoring since 1993. His experience includes more than 20 years with Shell in the areas of petrophysics, well and reservoir surveillance, smart field design, development and deployment of fiber-optic monitoring systems, and surveillance data interpretation and integration. He is a 2011–2012 SPE Distinguished Lecturer for “E&P Applications of Fiber-Optic Technologies”.

Dria has a BS in physics and mathematics from Ashland University and a PhD in petroleum engineering from University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Shroyer, managing director of EXiiUS LLC, has worked in the practical application of DTS systems in the oil and gas market since 1998. During this time, he has designed and executed numerous fiber-optic DTS as well as conventional monitoring installations in a wide variety of applications ranging from complex offshore installations to shallow steam flood fiber deployments. Over the last 14 years, Shroyer has served in field and project engineering roles for two major service companies and provided project management consultation for a major global operator.

Shroyer has a degree in electronics engineering from the University of East Carolina and is a Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT).