Fundamental of Thermal Well/Reservoir Surveillance

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling | Production and Operations

Course Description

Thermal development for producing heavy oil rely on a heat delivery mechanism to the reservoir mainly through injecting hot fluid (mainly steam). To increase the operational efficiency and ultimate recovery the surveillance and tracking of the heat placement would be critical. Throughout the years there was several advancements in developing key technologies for temperature, pressure and displacement in thermal recovery. This course discusses the operational practice on design, field operation of the surveillance method implemented in thermal wells and different technique in monitoring and analyzing the data for real time decision making.

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 completion engineers, production engineer, reservoir engineer, geologists, and anyone else interested in learning more about thermal well surveillance and the latest advancement in the technology.


0.8 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.


Dan Keough is the PureLight Manager at Precise Downhole Solutions. He specializes in distributed fiber optic measurement systems, including acoustic, temperature, strain and quasi-distributed pressure. Dan is recognized by his academic and industry peers in Europe and the US in this highly specialized and evolving field.

Dan’s 10+ years of experience designing and delivering cutting edge distributed measurement technologies includes projects in Asia, the United States and Canada, including many of the majors operating in AB. Dan and his team deliver turn key solutions for a variety of applications including oil and gas wells, pipeline leak detection and performance systems, fire detection, transportation and geo & hydrological monitoring.

Michael Melnychuk is the Director of Engineering and Research and Development at Precise Downhole Services (PDHS). He specializes in advanced reservoir monitoring and instrumentation deployment techniques. Additionally, as the lead for PDHS’s Research & Development program, Michael focuses his team in the development of new products to serve the ever-growing thermal heavy oil industry.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and has managed numerous thermal reservoir monitoring projects. Michael has extensive experience working with international operators, specifically in downhole instrumentation. The majority of Michael’s experience is associated with projects in North America and the Middle East.