9-11 OCTOBER 2017

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Training Courses


Saturday, 7 Oct 2017 | One-Day Courses

Field Development Economics

Instructor: Paul Baron

In this course, participants will learn to construct an economic evaluation of a field development opportunity using common industry indicators. Supported by many practical examples, the course covers both greenfield and brownfield situations. The course is supported by full text, copy of slide presentation, glossary of terms, and bibliography.

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Coiled Tubing and Its Applications

Instructor: Ed Smalley

This course provides an introduction to coiled tubing (CT) as a tool for workover and drilling and completion services. It includes an overview of CT extended-reach operations, typical field applications, the properties of CT, its manufacture, surface equipment required for downhole deployment, as well as discussion of downhole CT tools. A significant portion of the course covers CT mechanical performance, including working limits, buckling, and fatigue. A discussion of CT drilling technology and hydraulics is also included.

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Saturday-Sunday, 7-8 Oct 2017 | Two-Day Courses

Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology 

Instructor: Terry Gardner

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic advance in the technology employed to identify and develop deepwater reserves. Through innovation and exploitation of high tech advances in related fields, the offshore industry has succeeded in overcoming major technological and economic challenges of deepwater. Deepwater operators as well as equipment and service providers have all made major contributions.

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Water Treating for Hydraulic Fracturing

Instructors: John Walsh and Kris Bansal

This course provides both an overview of water management and an in-depth look at critical issues related to sourcing (acquiring), reusing, recycling, and disposing of water in hydraulic fracturing operations. The course starts with a background of hydraulic fracturing operations and the different plays around North America. Options being used for transport, storage, reuse, and disposal are described for each of the different regions. The water management practices being used in the different regions are described and explained in terms of regional climate, type of shale and hence type of fracturing fluids being used, and the regional regulatory framework.

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Forecasting Well Production Data in Unconventional Resources

Instructor: Dilhan Ilk

This course provides a comprehensive methodology for the diagnosis, analysis, and forecasting of well production data in unconventional resources. An extensive evaluation of the diagnostic tools for assessing data viability, checking data correlation along with flow regime identification is presented. The principal focus is to diagnose the characteristic flow regimes associated with well production and apply methodologies to estimate performance parameters and forecast production. These methodologies include simple analytical tools, decline curves, and more complex techniques such as nonlinear numerical simulation. Examples from tight gas sands, gas shales, and liquids-rich shale systems will illustrate the theoretical considerations and practical aspects.

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Hydraulic Fracturing-Design and Treatment

Instructor: Carl Montgomery

This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments.

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Intelligent Wells, ICD's and AICD's: Petroleum Aspects of Advanced Completion Technology

Instructor: Mike Konopczynski

This course presents the basic knowledge and fundamentals of advanced well completion technologies needed to identify, plan, and execute advanced completion projects. Participants will gain an understanding of the petroleum engineering considerations for advanced well completion applications such as project screening, well performance modeling and reservoir simulation. This course will review methods and workflows by which participants can select the appropriate advanced completion technology for their application. They will also learn about the equipment, functionality, completion design and execution needed to successfully implement the project.

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Optimizing the Value of Oil and Gas Fields from Inception to Abandonment

Instructor: Alok Jain

An Oil or Gas field is born following successful exploration and appraisal of the discovery. Following the discovery, it is managed in some Companies by multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), and in others, by various technical disciplines as needed, each taking responsibility for their piece only. Without single point accountability for the field and an explicit focus on value optimization, in this latter approach, there can be a significant loss in value during the life of the field.

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An Overview of Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

Instructor: Ken Mahrer

This course is a survey of microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing. It 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. Since this technology is interdisciplinary, combining geophysics, geology, and geomechanics with well completion technologies, the goal of the course is to give attendees the knowledge and realistic expectations of microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing. To this end attendees should expect to become knowledgeable and discerning users, evaluators, and questioners of those vending this technology.

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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) oil and gas reservoirs. The course emphasises “simple” production decline models appropriate for routine forecasting for hundreds of wells in short periods of time. Both tight oil and gas reservoirs, such as shales resources, are discussed.

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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, multistage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.

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Review for the Principles and Practice Exam

Instructor: Bob Chase/Richard Hughes

This preparatory study course will share best practices for engineering professionals getting ready to take the professional registration or the SPE certification exam. Questions similar to those found on a typical exam will be reviewed in an effort to raise awareness of exam content. Areas covered include drilling and completions, production logging, economics, reservoir engineering, and formation evaluation. Course materials and sample problems are updated each year to remain abreast of changes in the exam. Current test questions will not be reviewed or distributed during this class.

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A Systematic Approach to Water Management in Unconventional Reservoirs

Instructor: Lorenzo Hernandez

This two-day compressed training session will provide to any individual the minimum knowledge and tools to support all aspects of front end engineering and field planning for their assigned business area. From Water Management perspectives, the training will educate professionals on how to manage the need of water in Unconventional Developments since water has become one of the most valuable and important commodities and resources.

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Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions

Instructor: Rajan Chokshi

This course is designed to give trainees an overview of various artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. After introducing participants to the need for an artificial lift system, training will focus on each of the following lift methods: Gas lift, Reciprocating Rod Lift, Progressing Cavity Pumping, Hydraulic Pumping, Electrical Submersible Pumping, Plunger and Capillary System. For each lift type, the course covers main components, application envelope, relative strengths and weaknesses. Animations, field cases, and example-calculations are used to reinforce concepts. A unique feature of this course is discussion on digital oil field as applicable to lift optimization. The course will close with a discussion session wherein trainees would discuss their challenges and plans for lift systems with a view to understand applicability of the concepts learned during the training.

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Sunday, 8 Oct 2017 | One-Day Courses

Modern Production Data Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs

Instructor: Dave Anderson "This course provides attendees with a comprehensive methodology for well performance analysis with specific focus on unconventional oil and gas. The approach combines the use of several powerful techniques and will illustrate the practical aspects of production data analysis.

Depending on interest and time available, examples from Barnett, Bakken, Montney, Horn River, Marcellus, Haynesville, and Eagle Ford plays will be presented.      

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Flow Assurance-Managing Flow Dynamics and Production Chemistry

Instructor: Abul Jamaluddin

This course presents a holistic approach to flow assurance. The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterization and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. The course will present best practices and fit-for-purpose design solutions for minimizing the risk of flow stoppage while transporting hydrocarbons from “Pore to Sales Meter”. The principles will be demonstrated using field examples from around the world.

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Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | One-Day Courses

Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

Instructor: Larry Lake

This 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.

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Re-Fracturing – Candidate Selection and Design

Instructor: Michael B. Smith

If I want to re-frac a well “just because” – maybe I am disappointed in the production – that is most likely a BAD idea. This course discusses how I can go about selecting a candidate (there are no really “good” candidates since having to re-frac indicates original fracs were not adequate) that will benefit from such a workover. Then, what extra considerations are involved in a treatment design.

  • What makes a good (or NOT) re-frac candidate
  • How does depletion affect the re-fracture for good and bad
  • What might be different about re-fracture treatment design

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Rigless Intervention Best Practices for Coiled Tubing, Slickline, and Wireline

Instructors: Todd Green and Ron Zbitowsky

This short course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of surface equipment, downhole tools, various applications, and operational contingencies for rigless well interventions involving coiled tubing, slickline, or wireline.  The participants will learn first-hand knowledge of the capability of each intervention and what to consider when choosing which intervention method to utilize.  The course will cover recommended risk mitigation and well control barriers as well as best practices gained from years of experience and application.  To further illustrate the intervention methods utilized to resolve well issues or enhance well performance, real world examples for coiled tubing, slickline and wireline will be presented and discussed.

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Horizontal Well Completions

Instructors: Sid Banerjee amd Aaron Burton

This 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.

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Overview of Subsea Well Abandonment

Instructors: Bart Joppe and Darin Hilton

This training course will provide a high level overview of how to perform subsea well abandonments. It will take the learner step by step through the regulations and guidelines and different subsea well tree configurations. Review vessels and riser systems available to safely conduct subsea well abandonment operations. Discuss lower and upper wellbore abandonment best practices, different deployment methods and downhole tool selections.

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Shale and Tight Reservoir Evaluation and Development

Instructor: Steve Hennings 

This course provides a technical overview of the geologic, evaluation, completion and development aspects of shale with a special emphasis on what is unique compared to conventional oil and gas. The course also reviews the status and characteristics of various plays and the factors that control reserves and productivity. Participants will gain practical insights on the techniques and technology applied in evaluating and developing shale.

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The Sustainability Imperative. Making the Case and Driving Change

Instructors: Linda Battalora and Flora Moon 

The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability.

Attendees will learn how to apply these tools to:

  • Better manage sustainability risks,
  • Reduce sustainability delays, and
  • Maintain or Increase ROI, while
  • Enhancing industry reputation and
  • Mitigating sustainability impacts.

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Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventional Completions

Instructors: Neal Nagel and Marisela Sanchez-Nagel

Geomechanics – in both completions and drilling operations – has become a critical technology in the development of Unconventional Plays. This course presents the basics of oil field geomechanics and its application to unconventional developments; specifically, the role of stress, pore pressure, mechanical properties, and natural fractures on hydraulic fracturing operations. The first portion of the course will focus on the fundamentals of oil field geomechanics including stress, mechanical properties and failure. The latter part of the course will focus on hydraulic fracturing for Unconventional Resources with an emphasis on the characterization, geomechanics, modeling and field aspects of Unconventionals hydraulic fracturing (hydraulic fracturing in heterogeneous rock masses with the presence of discontinuities and weakness planes).

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Quality Control Techniques for Reviewing Prospects and Acquisitions

Instructor: Robert C. Shoup

Don't be too quick to drill that next dry hole. Success is not the result of serendipity, but is based on solid scientific work. This course addresses the need for a systematic approach for quickly screening interpretations, maps, prospects and potential resources or reserves and identifying fundamental interpretation, mapping and estimating errors. The reverse application of methods and techniques as presented in our courses such as Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping and Advances Structural Geology is the core of this course. The most common errors found on subsurface interpretations and maps are illustrated with numerous examples from around the world.

The course begins with a review of examples of interpretation and mapping errors that led to poorly located wells that are uneconomic or dry, as well as inaccurate reserves or resources estimates. Methods used to address the risk factors that can cause dry holes are reviewed. The participants are then challenged with a series of real exploration and development prospects. The participants are to evaluate each project. After their evaluation, the projects are reviewed and the QC techniques that are applicable to evaluate each project are discussed. A course manual, including the challenging projects with solutions, is provided for this course.

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Introduction to Valuing Information in Unconventional Resources

Instructors: Kent Burkholder and Ellen Coopersmith

Learn to frame and evaluate a wide variety of day-to-day energy industry value-of-information (VOI) problems, specifically in unconventional resources.

Attendees will be introduced to a step-wise approach to value information in resource plays and will work a few commonly encountered unconventional resource play information decision problems. Decisions around pre-frac data and valuing seismic at the program level for detecting sweet spots and high grading drilling locations and drilling order will be worked in multi-discipline breakouts. These will be interspersed with lectures and discussions. An overview of spacing pilot design framing and evaluation will also be covered.

Using VOI workflow software (DTrio) to guide the evaluation and the reference cases provided, attendees will learn how VOI decisions are set up and evaluated, sensitivities are performed on key input variables, and insight is gained to determine if and when new information can add value."

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