About this Training Course 

This 5-day course is designed with the aim of identifying optimal solutions for petroleum development projects from a production and facilities perspective, either looking at new developments or existing ones. It is shown that by adopting an integrated approach that covers the three physical elements of reservoirs, wells and process facilities, and utilising nodal analysis, optimal solutions can be systematically identified. These elements can then be economically evaluated in terms of cost-benefit and identifying the best overall solution for a situation. The course gives a comprehensive account of the methodology, processes and techniques utilised in optimising production situations. There is an option to use industry software (Petroleum Experts), provided a number of course participants bring their laptops with the software installed.

While the course gives many offshore related examples, the principles covered are also applicable to onshore situations. The integration of reservoir behaviour, well planning and design, and process facilities selection or optimisation are exemplified through detailed case histories, group discussions and exercises. Commercial aspects related to overall project evaluation are also covered.

Course participants will obtain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Key aspects of (offshore) production optimisation
  • Identifying the most suitable well and facilities solutions for new projects or existing ones
  • Optimising reservoirs, wells and process facilities and their sub-systems by utilising a nodal analysis approach

This course has been designed for engineers involved in optimising the entire production chain from a design and implementation point of view: reservoir engineers, well completion engineers and process facilities engineers. The course would also be of interest to senior field personnel involved in operating facilities on a daily basis. Team leaders involved in project planning of new projects or the optimisation of existing ones would benefit from attending the course.

While the course gives many offshore related examples, the principles covered are also applicable to onshore situations. The integration of reservoir behaviour, well planning and design, and process facilities selection or optimisation are exemplified through detailed case histories, group discussions and exercises. Commercial aspects related to overall project evaluation are also covered.

Your expert course leader is a consultant specialising in reservoir engineering, field development planning and petroleum management. He has worked for 40 years in the petroleum industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Project Director for AED Oil and East Puffin (2007-09) for the Puffin offshore development, Timor Sea.

Prior to his current role, he worked for 16 years for BHP Billiton, most recently as Chief Reservoir Engineer for their worldwide petroleum operations. Other positions with BHP Billiton involved mainly technical and project management, and general management positions. He was the project manager (feasibility) for two FPSO projects, the Skua and Griffin area fields, offshore Australia. He was also the Technical Manager for the Dai Hung project, offshore Vietnam where first oil was achieved in just 18 months from sanction. Before that time, he worked for Shell International (8 years) in the Netherlands, including two years as Senior Lecturer Reservoir Engineering at Shell’s training centre and in Australia, seconded to Woodside Energy, involved in Australia’s largest capital project (at the time), the Northwest Shelf Gas development. He started his career in Calgary, Canada, first with Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas and then with the US consulting company Scientific Software Corporation.

The trainer holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of British Columbia and an MS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University. He has been an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including Director for the Asia-Pacific region (1996-98) and as a member of the Board. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 2001-02 and a PESA Distinguished Lecturer during 2002. He has lectured at many institutions and was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 2000. He has published over 40 papers on both technical and managerial topics.

His professional interests are in optimal planning and project management of offshore petroleum discoveries. His primary research interests are in the area of special core analysis and the development of predictive models for reservoir characterisation. He also teaches at the University of Western Australia and at Ho Chi Minh University of Technology.

Learn what past participants have said about PetroEdge training courses

Excellent course for management to get an overview of oil field development from exploration to production. It’s an eye-opener on what to look for in an otherwise risky venture.

Vice President & Chief Corporate Officer, Barakah Offshore Petroleum

I am very satisfied with the quality and quantity of material.

Facility Engineer, Mitsubishi Corporation Exploration

The course is rich in case study and coverage multi disciplines. The trainer has a vast experience and deep knowledge from subsurface, surface to project management. Good course.

Production Geology, SKK Migas