Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers


4 days

Course Objective:This course is designed to provide non-engineering petroleum industry technical professionals with a thorough overview of most key aspects of petroleum engineering technology and its applications. The course addresses engineering issues ranging from initial involvement with explorationists, reserves evaluation and field development, production optimization, and all the aspects of well drilling. The sessions will focus on relevant and practical issues; including real case studies.

Audience:This course is aimed at non-engineering professionals involved in the oil industry and also for junior exploitation engineers/technologists, and geologists.

Course Content:

Course Agenda:


  • Role of petroleum engineers and all technical staff
  • The main components of field development

Reservoir Geology

  • Types of reservoir rocks
  • Main elements of petroleum reservoirs

The Drilling Rig

  • Surface and down hole equipment
  • Properties of drilling fluids
  • Deviated and horizontal drilling
  • Rotary vs. sliding drilling
  • Offshore drilling; rig types, safety

Well completion techniques

  • Types of well completion techniques
  • Well cementing, perforating, and casing
  • Drilling operations/problems
  • Horizontal well completion/stimulation

Formation evaluation techniques

  • Mud logging, coring, and open hole logging
  • Logging while drilling (LWD) and measure while drilling (MWD)
  • Wireline testing

Rock and fluid properties

  • Types of rock porosity and measurements
  • Definitions of formation permeability
  • Hydrocarbon classifications and fluid sampling

Reservoir derives

  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary recoveries
  • Types of reservoir drives and performance

In-place hydrocarbons and reserves determination

  • Volumetric and material balance methods
  • Decline analysis and empirical methods

Reservoir delineation & development

  • Field development considerations
  • Types and applications of artificial lift
  • Horizontal well applications

Production operations and optimization

  • Well performance and well testing
  • Operational problems; diagnoses and remedy

Enhanced Recovery Mechanism

  • Types of EOR schemes
  • Planning and designing of waterflood projects
  • Monitoring of waterflood projects

Unconventional Oil and Gas

  • Heavy oil development and steam injection
  • Shale gas and Coal Bed Methane (CBM)
  • Tight formations and the application of Multi-stage Frac of Hz Wells (MFHW’s)

Economic evaluation

  • Input data for economic analysis
  • Risks and uncertainty

Instructor: Saad Ibrahim, P.Eng.




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