Fiber-Optic Sensing: Introduction to the Technology and In-Well Sensing Applications

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling | Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

This course introduces engineers and geoscientists to fiber-optic sensing technology that is used for well and reservoir diagnostics and surveillance. It provides in-depth technology awareness, including underlying theories of operation and breadth of well and reservoir applications, what it takes to deploy these sensing systems in a well, and the basic tools to determine whether fiber-optic sensing has the potential to address key well and reservoir uncertainties.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 day

Why Attend

Fiber-optic sensing and its applications have been in use in the oilfield since the mid-1990’s. However, the technology continues to evolve, enabling new applications and more-robust quantitative interpretations. If you have been thinking about using 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 in-well fiber optic sensing and the latest advances in the technology.

Special Requirements



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.


Dr. Dennis Dria, president and chief technology advisor for Myden Energy Consulting PLLC, 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 was 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 The University of Texas at Austin.

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