Managing Your Business Using PRMS and SEC Standards (2018 Update)

Management and Information Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course is an overview of the 2018 updated SPE Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. The PRMS is an industry standard approach to classifying petroleum resources. Portfolio managers use it to support their evaluations and decisions. Publicly traded companies listed on US stock exchanges are also obligated to report a portion of their assets according to SEC reserves disclosure rules. Although SEC rules are now more closely aligned with PRMS guidelines, there are important differences. This course compares the key features of PRMS and SEC regulations, and explains how companies may combine the two standards to better manage their business. The use of reliable technology in defining proved reserves limits, SEC supplemental guidance, and comparison of SEC and PRMS guidelines will be discussed.


  • PRMS project background including the reasons for and topics included in the update
  • Major principles and key guidelines in PRMS
  • How PRMS captures risk and uncertainty
  • Assessing and reporting unconventional resources
  • SEC disclosure requirements
  • SEC pricing requirement
  • The concept of “Economic Producibility”
  • The use of reliable technology in defining proved reserves limits
  • SEC supplemental guidance
  • Comparison of SEC and PRMS guidelines
  • Reporting requirements and control processes
  • PRMS support for resources, project, and portfolio management
  • Integrating internal business management and external disclosures
  • Improving quality assurance in resource evaluations

Upon completion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • The revised PRMS 2018
  • Current SEC disclosure requirements
  • How the definitions can be used for managing the business

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

It is critical for resources managers to keep up with the latest definitions and regulations. This course can save you days of research and reading on your own.

Who Attends

The course is designed for professionals involved in estimating, classifying, and reporting petroleum resources. It is also for those who use reports of petroleum reserves and resources based on SPE’s Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS), and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) 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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John Etherington

John Etherington is the original author of the course material, and is an independent consultant in Calgary, advising industry on resources assessment and reporting since 2000. He holds BS and PhD degrees in geology. He previously spent over 32 years with Mobil Oil in Canada, the US, and international assignments.

Etherington served on the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee with primary responsibility for the 2007 PRMS project and has been deeply involved in the PRMS 2018 update.

He also coordinated SPE’s interface with the United Nations Framework Classification and the International Accounting Standards Board’s Extractive Activities projects. He was an SPE Distinguished lecturer in 2005-2006. Etherington has conducted resources assessment training for over 1200 geoscientists and engineers from 46 countries.

Rawdon Seager is chief reservoir engineer and global director of quality assurance at Gaffney, Cline & Associates’ western hemisphere headquarters in Houston. He has more than 45 years of experience in the international oil and gas arena and has carried out numerous field studies, reserve assessments, and asset evaluations. Seager has also given expert testimony during arbitration hearings.

Throughout his career, Seager has been deeply involved with the proper evaluation and reporting of oil and gas reserves, a subject on which he now provides training and advice to clients. Seager has spoken at various industry events, as well as presented in-house and public training courses, to clients on matters related to reserve estimation, classification, and reporting. He was involved with the 2011 PRMS Application Guidelines document and has been on the committee drafting the revised PRMS 2018.

Seager began his career in 1972 as a Petroleum Engineer with Shell International, a position which took him to Malaysia, Brunei, the Netherlands, and Australia. In 1980 he joined Roy M. Huffington, Inc. in Indonesia as a petroleum engineering manager, before joining GCA in 1985, with which he has held senior positions in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Argentina, Venezuela, and the United States.

He has a BSc (Honors) in Physics from Bristol University, England and an MSc (Distinction) in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Imperial College, London. Seager is a member of SPE (Past-Chairman of the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee), SPEE (past member of the Board of Directors and current member of the Reserves Definition Committee), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the UK Energy Institute. Additionally, Seager is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer in the UK and is registered as a European Engineer with FEANI.

Joshua Oletu is a Principal Advisor at Gaffney, Cline & Associates’ western hemisphere headquarters in Houston. He has some 30 years of experience in the international oil and gas arena and has carried out numerous field studies, reserve assessments, and asset evaluations.

Joshua began his career in 1988 as a Wellsite Petroleum Engineer with Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria and had international postings to the Netherlands, and USA. In 2007, he joined GCA in the United States.

He has a B.Eng (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria and MBA, New York Institute of Technology (USA). Joshua is a member of SPE and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).

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