Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers2017-05-02T19:28:36+00:00


Saad Ibrahim, P. Engineer

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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 and completion for on-shore
and off-shore fields. The sessions will focus on relevant and practical issues; including
real case studies. Detailed course materials are provided.

What will you learn?

  1. Learn about an overview of the industry and how the roles of different professional disciplines are integrated to generate development plans.
  2. Understand subsurface geology to learn how economic  oil/gas fields are formed and discovered
  3. Learn how subsurface rock samples are collected and the various laboratory conducted to define their physical properties which will be used by the engineer to prepare drilling and completion programs.
  4. Fluid sampling; including oil, gas, and formation water, will be discussed.   The various laboratory tests conducted on the fluid samples are reviewed and how engineers use this information to make decision on how oil and gas fields will be developed to achieve the best economic benefits.
  5. How wells are drilled, including different drilling techniques; rotary, top drive, and sliding rotary steerable.  The function of the drilling rig equipment, down-equipment, and the mud are discussed.
  6. Learn about completion techniques for vertical and horizontal wells to allow for safe operation and to control production.
  7. How engineers/geologists determine oil/gas reserves, which define the value of E&P companies.
  8. A review of the decisions that need to be made to develop oil/gas field with special sections on artificial lifts (down-hole pumps) and Hz well applications.
  9. How to diagnose production problem and perform remedial action.
  10. The application of different Enhanced Oil Recovery EOR schemes and benefits.
  11. The use of Multi-stage frac Hz wells in tight and unconventional formations.
  12. How economic analysis is performed to confirm that proposed projects will economic benefits

Who Should Attend:

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

Course Instructor:

Mr. Saad Ibrahim, P. Eng,


president of Petro Management Group Ltd. He has over 35 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas Industry as a worldwide highly recognized engineering consultant and a distinguished instructor. He also completed a post-graduate program with the University of Calgary in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The focus of Mr. Ibrahim’s experience lies in the area of Reservoir management, and well test planning/analysis. Mr. Ibrahim is a member of APEGA and SPE.

Roger Hough


has had extensive drilling and operations experience with major multinational oil and gas producers as well as offering consulting services to the industry. He has chaired a number of Technical conferences, and has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Slim Hole Technology.

Course Agenda:

Reservoir Geology

  • Geologic cycle
  • Types of reservoir rocks
  • Main elements of petroleum reservoirs

Rock and fluid properties

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

Reservoir drives

  • Primary and secondary recoveries
  • Types of reservoir drives and impact on performance

Reserves determination

  • Volumetric and material balance methods
  • Decline analysis
  • Empirical method to estimate recoverable reserves

Reservoir delineation & development

  • Field development considerations
  • Types and applications of artificial lift
  • Horizontal well applications and Multi-stage fracing

Production operations and optimization

  • Well performance
  • Operational problems
  • Well testing

Enhanced Recovery Mechanism

  • Types of EOR schemes
  • Planning of waterflood design
  • Monitoring of waterflood projects

Unconventional Oil and Gas

  • CBM
  • Shale gas and oil shale
  • Heavy oil


The Drilling Rig

  • Down hole equipment
  • Offshore and inland drilling
  • Properties of drilling fluids
  • Well casing and cementing

Normal & Special Drilling Operations

  • Deviated drilling
  • Multi-laterals and horizontal drilling
  • High pressure and high temperature (HPHT) wells
  • Underbalanced drilling
  • Rig management (staff role, safety, environment, blow-out)

New Developments

  • Automatic drilling rigs and casing drilling
  • Slim hole drilling
  • Expandable tubular and slim hole drilling

Well Abandonment

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