Oil and Gas Fundamentals

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Management and Information Drilling and Completions Production and Operations Projects, Facilities and Construction


This wide-ranging and practical industry overview covers general industry overview and basic concepts, historical perspective, oil and gas geology, exploration, drilling operations, formation evaluation and well completions, reservoir depletion mechanisms, production facilities, storage and transportation, maintenance of oil and gas facilities, oil and gas reserves, crude oil refinery products and processes, crude oil price volatility, oil price risk management, petroleum trade and transportation, NOCs, INOCs and IOCs, legal framework of the industry, project economics.

Learning Level


Course Length

3 Days

Why Attend?

  • Fast track the understanding of the oil and gas value chain
  • Boost the comprehension of the legal and commercial structures supporting upstream and downstream
  • Acquire all the answers to your technical, commercial, and operational questions
  • Understand global market forecasts, E&P trends and techniques
  • Optimize your decision making process by learning economic and investment imperatives
  • Master all the industry’s jargon

Who Should Attend

This course is extremely popular with personnel from all sectors of the oil and gas industry. Especially valuable for newcomers to the industry and non-technical who are working in areas oil and gas industry.


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 3-days course.


Ahmed Abou-Sayed is President/CEO and Founder of Advantek International, a consulting firm in Texas since 1999. He holds advanced engineering degrees from Egypt, France and the USA, and has over twenty-five years of experience within the petroleum industry covering technology development, management, and technical consultancy. His work has been focused within the areas of fracturing/stimulation, well integrity and stability, sand control, associated stream management, production geomechanics and environmental compliance, produced water management and waterflooding and oil field waste disposal.

Abou-Sayed is specialized in enhanced recovery of unconventional resources and deepwater reservoir exploitation. He is an effective lateral thinker and problem solver with a track record of successfully contributing to increased production and reduced cost through innovative solutions. Initiated, developed and implemented the FRACPACK technology in Alaska (1986), and large scale solids injection, He was a senior consultant and lead of geomechanics in the Technology Resource group of BP and served with ARCO Technology Group where he was the technical coordinator of the Well Stimulation and fracturing team. Abou-Sayed served as vice president of TerraTek, in Salt Lake City Utah and was a United Nation Consultant for 4 years and served as the US-Japan NSF Exchange Protocol on Geothermal Energy. He has a wide and extensive experience with industrial and hazard waste disposal issues, with a strong knowledge of techno-legal issues related to environmental permitting of subsurface waste disposal and injection. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as the American Rock Mechanics Association. He is a Fellow of ARMA.

Abou-Sayed was named the winner of the 2005 Production and Operations Award from SPE International. He received two Chairman Outstanding Achievement Awards in both BPX and ARCO, holds 5 industrial patents, and has authored and co-authored over 110 technical publications and conference papers on reservoir engineering, hydraulic fracturing, well completions, rock mechanics, log interpretation, wellbore stability, produced water management, viscous oil recovery, waste disposal and environmental evaluation and permitting. He was a distinguished member of the SPE in 2000, was awarded the Rock Mechanics Excellence Award by SPE/ARMA/ISRM in 2002, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. Throughout his career he has worked extensively with the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he filled roles as a chairman or member of several steering and implementation committees and was a member of the editorial board of two scientific journals. During 1992-93 he was the SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Advances in hydraulic fracturing applications.