Over the past two decades, formation testing has emerged as one of the most critical reservoir evaluation activities in petroleum exploration and production. As a result of increased drilling and testing costs in deep water, high-pressure, high-temperature, environmentally sensitive and other frontier areas, modern formation testing has become the primary—often only—source of information on fluid properties. Additionally it has provided insights into reservoir architecture issues that were previously the sole territory of conventional well testing. Attendees of this course will gain a good understanding of the state-of-the-art in formation testing and its changing role, vis-à-vis other disciplines. The fundamental applications and interpretations of formation testing and highlights of the advances made over the last decade will be reviewed. Examples will be shown to cement the learning and to highlight the merits of new technology and the value of integration.
Instructor(s): James Smolen & William K. (Bill) Ott
This course examines methods for detecting fluid channels, voids and leaks, and how to repair them. It also covers the logging tools and technologies use to evaluate the integrity of the cement prior to initial completion or anytime during the life of the well. The first day of class is dedicated to evaluating cement and the second day to repairs.
Instructor(s): Pavel Bedrikovetsky, Paul van den Hoek, & Pacelli L.J. Zitha
This course will provide an awareness level overview of common issues in produced water re-injection (PWRI), with a focus on subsurface-related topics such as well injectivity and sweep. PWRI is not only used for disposal purpose but also for voidage replacement and sweep in waterfloods. It is widely acknowledged that if injection under fracturing conditions is allowed, injection water quality specifications can be relieved significantly. On the other hand, induced fracturing creates its own challenges with regard to areal and vertical sweep, and (potential) loss of containment. Moreover, injection under induced fracturing conditions does not resolve all injectivity issues.
Instructor(s): Steve Beare & Tracey Ballard
This course covers the principles and practicalities of different methods of particle sizing—why different methods give different results, when these differences are legitimate and when something may have gone wrong. The course is designed to provide attendees with an overview of what is involved in producing such measurements so that results can be viewed in a more informed way. The different methods of sand retention testing (including the inherent problems with such testing) and results interpretation will also be discussed. Finally, a variety of examples for sand control selection and details of how to commission a test matrix which gives meaningful results will also be given to make data interpretation more straightforward from both particle sizing and retention testing.
Instructor(s): Michael Byrne
This independent course provides participants with a unique insight into formation damage through the practical integration of regional, core, well and drilling data. Theory and principles are reinforced by the extensive use of real field examples from throughout the world. The course aims to demystify the subject of formation damage and promote a formation damage awareness culture, encouraging participants to challenge convention and think about the implications of damage throughout a field or well life cycle – from drilling to production.
Before 27 Jan: USD 1400
After 27 Jan: USD 1600
Before 27 Jan: USD 1800
After 27 Jan: USD 2000