Fundamentals of Subsurface Development Planning for Coalbed Methane

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course offers insights on reservoir characterization approaches, integrated development planning methods, uncertainty management techniques, and modeling workflows accumulated through the experience of a number of CBM plays. Selection will also be reviewed, including approaches to model the performance of different well and completion configurations and implementing these into a full field modeling strategy. Techniques to assess the economic potential of the play will be illustrated, including methods for high-grading development areas into sectors of different attractiveness.


  • Fundamentals of CBM
  • Reservoir characterization
  • Uncertainty management
  • Static modeling and volumetrics
  • Dynamic modeling and forecasting
  • Concept select techniques and field development planning optimization
  • Subsurface high-grading and value of Information

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Learn how to model the performance of different well and completion configurations and implement them into a full field model strategy.

Who Attends

This introductory course is for geologists, reservoir engineers, subsurface managers, and team leaders.


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

Cancellation Policy

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Laurent Alessio is a managing partner of LEAP Energy, an independent subsurface consulting and technology services group headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has wide industry experience in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon recovery through a large range of consulting assignments, previous roles as petroleum engineer, subsurface manager and development manager with Shell, and joint operating companies in the Netherlands, UK and Malaysia. Laurent holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and Imperial College London.