Introduction to Geothermal Drilling and Management

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Drilling and Completions •	Management and Information


This course will offer an introductory overview on Geothermal Drilling through various lenses.  The first will be a general refresher on an introductory level with a technical background. Secondly the course will focus on the difference between Oil and Gas Projects and Geothermal Drilling. Finally the course will cover Geothermal Drilling Management such as cross functional teams, project management with production and development as the goals; it will cover case studies around the world and differences in management styles in Geothermal Drilling Projects, and how they all affect the drilling progress and completion of wells. The course will be done with a classroom approach including possible quizzes and handouts as well as interactive participation.

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Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Participants attending the training course will benefit from the sessions by:

  • Grasping a technical understanding of geothermal drilling
  • Understanding the differences between conventional oil and gas projects and geothermal projects
  • Identifying the key factors in the decision making process before/during/after the drilling project with production and development as the final goals
  • Understanding different management styles and their impacts on projects around the world

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for geoscientists, drilling engineers, and management personnel who are new to the geothermal drilling field, or have come from an oil/gas background. New recruits should also benefit from this course. As well, it may also interest experienced professionals as a refresher course.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

In-House Training

This course is available for in house training at your office location.

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Jonathan Hernandez is UCLA graduate with a BS in engineering geology/geology. A fluently bilingual engineer, member of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Hernandez helps develop geothermal energy projects domestically and abroad. He attended the 2011 SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium in Woodlands, Texas, and has supervised geothermal drilling projects from Alaska to Argentina. He currently works in developing Latin American Operations as well as serving as Drilling Operations Engineer for Dewhurst Group LLC (Washington DC – USA).