Training: Petroleum Engineering for Non-engineers

Saad Ibrahim, P. Engineer
(3 days) – TBA

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.

Cost: Full Course $2600 (+ 5% GST)

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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:

Saad Ibrahim, P.Eng., an independent consultant and president of Petro Management Group Ltd., established in Calgary (1994).  Graduated from the University of Alexandria (Egypt) with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1973.  He also completed a post-graduate program with the University of Calgary, Canada, in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 1983


Mr. Ibrahim 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, EOR, and well test planning/analysis. Mr. Ibrahim is a member of APEGA and SPE.

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Course Agenda:

Petroleum Engineering for Non-engineers


  • 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 (video clips)
  • Offshore drilling; rig types, safety

Well completion techniques

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

Formation evaluation techniques

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

 Rock and fluid properties

  • Types of rock porosity and measurements (video clip)
  • 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 (case study)
  • Types and applications of artificial lift
  • Horizontal well applications

 Production operations and optimization

  • Well performance and well testing (video clips)
  • Operational problems; diagnoses and remedy

Enhanced Recovery Mechanism

  • Types of EOR schemes (video clips)
  • 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) – video clips

Decommissioning and Related Environmental Matters

  • How wells are abandoned; on-offer and off-shore
  • Impact of decommissioning on environment
  • Case studies/video clips

Economic evaluation

  • Input data for economic analysis
  • Risks and uncertainties