Introduction to Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature, Acoustic, and Chemical Sensing (DTS, DAS, and DCS)

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Course Description

This one-day course is an introduction to the emerging fibre optic technologies of Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) as well as related Distributed Acoustic (DAS) and Distributed Chemical Sensing (DCS). This programme looks at how these technologies work, and their application to the oil and gas industry. Such systems have been utilised in shallow steam injection wells as well as high-cost horizontal and multilateral wells where re-entry with a logging tool is difficult, if not impossible. This class also includes an overview of PLATO software for managing DTS data and computing flow, plus a hands-on demonstration of DTS hardware.


  • How DTS, DAS, and DCS technologies work 
  • Typical well installations, hardware, and log recordings 
  • Factors affecting data accuracy, calibration, and quality 
  • Field applications and examples of DTS and DAS 
  • PLATO software for DTS data management and computation of flow profile 
  • DTS demonstration

Why Attend

The science behind DTS and its applications are still emerging. If you have been following this technology and would like to learn more, this course is for you.

Who Attends

This course is for petroleum engineers, geologists, and anyone else interested in learning more about DTS and the latest advances in the technology.


0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 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.

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James J. Smolen has more than 40 years of experience in cased hole well logging, applications, related research, and training. He began in the oil industry in 1970 with Schlumberger and since 1980, has been an officer and director of Petroleum Computing, as well as an international consultant and trainer. He has numerous publications to his credit, including the 1996 PennWell text, Cased Hole and Production Log Evaluation. Smolen was a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE and SPWLA. He holds a BS from Northwestern University, and earned his MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

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