Flow Assurance-Managing Flow Dynamics and Production Chemistry

Projects, Facilities and Construction

Course Description

This course presents a holistic approach to flow assurance. The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterisation 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 minimising 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. 


  • Introduce key impediments to flow, including slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids, with examples from various challenging environments
  • Review technologies for capturing fluid samples and characterising their PVT properties
  • Define current measurement and modeling approaches for characterising production-chemistry impediments, such as asphaltenes, paraffin waxes, hydrates and inorganic scales
  • Introduce fluid flow and heat transfer concepts and their relationship in precipitation of organic and inorganic solids
  • Demonstrate the value of a systematic and holistic flow assurance program for production systems and operations, using case studies from various field locations around the globe

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Assuring unimpeded flow from the reservoir to the refinery has game changing impact on field development. Unnecessary investments can be avoided, when engineers are able to characterise and understand the fluid phase behavior controlled by the flow dynamics and production chemistry in wellbores and flow lines.

Who Attends

This course is intended for engineers and chemists in the upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry. This course will also provide department, asset and technology managers with an appreciation of the risks, challenges and solutions for free flowing hydrocarbon product.

Special Requirements

A basic understanding of petroleum production engineering, chemistry and project management.


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

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Abul Jamaluddin recently joined the technology advisory group at the Petronas Center of Excellence. Previously, he was part of the leadership team that set up the new College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He is also the founder and president of Reservoir Fluid Solutions Advisory LLC. Jamaluddin also worked for Noranda Technology Center, Hycal Energy Research Laboratory Services and Schlumberger. His responsibilities included business development and operations management in the Americas, Middle East and Asia. Over the years he established five world-class fluid analyses and flow assurance fluid characterization laboratory services around the world. He conducted R&D and captured intellectual property, developed new client bases and businesses with proven track records of converting innovation into cash flow. He entered and achieved significant market penetration with new technologies in the US, the Middle East, South America and South East Asia.

Over the years, he has had extensive hands-on experience resolving complex flow assurance issues (asphaltene, wax and hydrate); designed optimum well-testing, formation testing, and a program for sample collection and analysis; designed and implemented gas injection as an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) process; developed acid gas management strategy; optimized thermal and non-thermal heavy oil production operations; developed and deployed innovative formation damage treatment technologies; and deployed a real-time production management strategy. Dr. Jamaluddin also created competency matrices and training program related to unconventional plays. He also architected a capability development program for fresh college graduates and mid-career hires.

Jamaluddin is a co-inventor of eight patented processes and has co-authored over 100 technical papers. He received three awards for best technical paper from GPA and CIM. He has served as an editor of SPEJ Production and Operations, chaired the IQPC conference, and chaired several SPE forums and advanced technology workshops. Dr. Jamaluddin was named a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2004-05 season and a SPE Distinguished Member in 2012. Jamaluddin earned his PhD from the University of Calgary in 1990.

Additional Course Resources

This course has supplemental books located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance - Oil ad Gas Production and Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Wellbores, Second Edition (Print and Adobe Digital Edition Set). Please check out these valuable resources!