Courses and workshops offered at ATS&E PEC&W are of highest technical content, and taught and presented by academic leaders from top universities around the world and renowned industry experts. We are keen to offer diverse topics to maximize benefit to SPE members, while focusing on current industry needs. You will find a beneficial course or workshop whether you are interested in welltesting, gas reservoir engineering, core and log integration, petroleum economics and risk analysis, reservoir monitoring and surveillance, drilling and workover, production engineering, and more. Each course and workshop offers 8 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and 0.8 Continuous Educational Units (CEU). Our courses and workshops are recognized in the training history of Saudi Aramco, and other major service companies in Kingdom. All Pre-Event Courses and Workshops are free of charge to SPE members.

Our Pre-Event Courses and Workshops start on Sunday April 23, 2017 and end on Monday April 24, 2017, and take place in Al-Khobar Le Meridien.

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Embracing the Vision Towards Energy Prosperity

2017 ATS&E Pre-Event Courses & Workshops

Courses

Workshops

Day 1  Sunday, April 23rd

 Sunday, April 23rd  Day 1

Day 2  Monday, April 24th

 Monday, April 24th  Day 2

Course Description

Well test analysis can be considered as a systems analysis technique. In a system analysis application, the system under consideration is subjected to some kind of perturbation. The system responds to this perturbation and the resulting signals are measured. The overall goal of well testing is to collect information about the flow conditions in the well, around the immediate vicinity of the well, in the virgin portions of the reservoir not influenced by the drilling operations and stimulation treatments and finally about the boundaries of the reservoir. In order to collect this information, the well flow rate is varied and the resulting pressure transients are measured. The measurement of variation of pressure with time provides a pressure transient data which then can be analyzed to determine the formation parameters that characterize the flow conditions that exist in the system. Accordingly, an accurately collected test data and implemented well test interpretation protocol will identify the wellbore and reservoir system, knowing only the input and output signals and possibly some of the system characteristics.  In this one-day short course, we will discuss the basic tenets of well test analysis workflows and review the system data that can be extracted from signatures that are collected during the pressure transient, late transient and pseudo-steady-state flow periods.

Target Audience

• Formation evaluation engineers

• Geoscientists

• Reservoir, production and drilling engineers

• Economic evaluators

Deliverables

• Review of systems analysis, forward and inverse solutions

• Radial-cylindrical form of the flow (diffusivity) equation

• Linearization of the flow equation using pseudo-pressure approach

• Dimensionless form of the flow equation

• Constant flow rate solution for infinitely large reservoirs

• Superposition principle and theory of images

• Early transient, late transient and pseudo-steady state flow concepts

• Solutions for wells located in rectangular drainage areas

• Deviations from the idealized solution: skin factor, multi-phase flow conditions, laminar-turbulent flow conditions, skin due to restricted entry

• Buildup and drawdown test data analysis

• Pressure transient analysis in double-porosity reservoirs

• Special tests for gas wells

Core-Log Integration for Unconventional Reservoir Characterization

Date/time: Day 1, Sunday April 23rd, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Instructors: Safdar Khan, Matthew Drouillard, and Wesley Martin

Course Description

Core data provides critical input into describing and characterizing unconventional reservoirs; in addition to providing calibration data for high resolution wireline and LWD logs, it also provides the only “direct measurement” of various rock properties. As a result, core derived parameters play critical role in estimating everything from reservoir volume, predicting recovery factors, and well productivity to geomechanical behavior and its impact on resource extraction and hydraulic fracturing. An integrated workflow combining core data with log data can provide a basis for propagating measured properties beyond the cored interval and into the field- and basin- scale. Hence maximizing the use of core data is key for successful exploitation of unconventional reservoirs.

Target Audience

• Log analysts

• Geoscientist

• Reservoir engineers

• Any other technical or non-technical persons who have a specific interest in the development of unconventional oil and gas plays.

Deliverables

• Key characteristics of shale oil/gas reservoirs – heterogeneity and anisotropy

• Heterogeneous rock analysis - specialized core measurement techniques required to assess reservoir quality (RQ) and completion quality (CQ)

• Interpretation of RQ and CQ parameters from logs and workflow for core-log integration

Petroleum Economics & Risk Analysis

Date/time: Day 2, Monday April 24th, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Instructors: Dr. Mohammad Mian

Course Description

Petroleum Economics plays a vital role in the Oil & Gas Industry and it lies at the heart of all decision-making. Performing prudent investment evaluation becomes even more critical in the lower crude oil price environment and/or development of marginal field/projects. Various techniques have evolved over time in determining and calculating economic inputs, evaluating investments, quantifying risk and generating feasible portfolios. This one-day course will bridge the gap between theory and practice and show the methodologies used in performing economic evaluations and making decisions on the economic viability of investments.

Target Audience

• Formation evaluation engineers

• Geoscientists

• Reservoir, production and drilling engineers

• Economic evaluators

Deliverables

• Whether or not to drill an exploration well

• Whether or not to develop an entire oil and/or gas field

• On the commerciality of a new discovery

• On adequate facility and infrastructure requirements, upgrades/replacements

• On debottlenecking of existing facilities

• On abandonment of existing field/facilities

Development of Gas Condensate Reservoirs

Date/time: Day 2, Monday April 24th, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Instructors: Ismail Buhidma

Course Description

Compared to dry and wet gas reservoirs, condensate gas reservoirs has higher fraction of the heavy hydrocarbons which results in higher condensate gas ratio.  This improves the cash flow and economics.  These important reservoirs also exhibit liquid hydrocarbon condensation in the reservoir.  As a result of relative permeability effects, this phenomenon causes significant gas production impairment.  This course focuses on key aspect of gas condensate reservoirs, including PVT characterization, well deliverability, material balance, pressure transient analysis.  The course also present a review and critical assessment of the various methods proposed to mitigate the liquid drop out effects.

Target Audience

• Formation evaluation engineers

• Geoscientists

• Reservoir, production and drilling engineers

Deliverables

• Understand the basis for hydrocarbon reservoir fluid classifications

• Understand the standard PVT lab experiments usually run on gas condensate fluids and the key parameters obtained from each experiment

• Relate condensate recovery to gas recovery using constant volume depletion experiments

• Learn how to account for condensate drop out on gas condensate well inflow performance using the two phase pseudo pressure concept

• Understand material balance for gas condensate reservoirs

• Learn to identify the effect of liquid drop out on well test and how to analyze well test data influenced by condensate drop out.

• Understands the basics and challenges of gas recycling to enhance the condensate recovery

• Understand the basics and merits for various methods used to mitigate the impact of liquid drop out in the reservoir on gas well performance

Workshops Detailed Information and Agendas

Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Well Test Analysis

Courses Detailed Information

Date/time: Day 1, Sunday April 23rd, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Instructor: Prof. T. Ertekin

Drilling Ahead Of Bit: Intelligent Way to Mitigate Uncertainty

Date/time: Day 1, Sunday April 23rd, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Keynote speaker: Abdul Hameed AlRushaid

Workshop  Description

Mitigating drilling uncertainty is crucial to deliver a well effectively in time and cost manner, which requires integrated efforts of all related disciplines. The Workshop will include presentations, an audience discussion and a break-out session followed by a panel to share the results. The break-out session will be divided into six groups: Drilling Engineering, Drilling Operation Optimization, Drilling Automation, Drilling Analytics and Modelling, Impact of Subsurface Information and Wellbore Placement/Wellbore Trajectory.

“Drilling Ahead of Bit” is a new initiative and focus theme that has started in the Saudi Aramco Upstream business line. The main objective is to empower the upstream engineers by providing the needed environment required for: Drilling Operation Simulator, Plans Adjustment/Optimization While Drilling, Troubles Prediction & Mitigation Systems and Real-Time Advisory systems.

Target Audience

• Drilling Engineer

• Petroleum Engineer

• Geoscientist

• Data Manager

• Software Specialist

• R&D

• Drilling & Measurement Specialist

• Any other technical or non-technical persons who have a specific interest in the topic.

Deliverables

• Understand drilling challenges in the current economic climate (from upstream R&D point view)

• Get introduced to Wired Drill Pipe idea and how it can help minimize uncertainties (from technology innovation side)

• Get familiar with the role of machine learning methods in drilling uncertainty prediction (from AI techniques as enablers)

• Get introduced to applications of artificial intelligence in drilling operation and fluid rheology

• Recognize how big data technology can help reducing uncertainty in drilling prediction (from infrastructure side)

Recent Technology Advancement in Reservoir Monitoring and Surveillance

Date/time: Day 1, Sunday April 23rd, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Keynote speaker: Khalid Zainalabedin

Workshop  Description

Reservoir surveillance provides critical information about the health and performance of a reservoir, it is fundamental to reservoir engineering and management. The more mature of a reservoir is, the more important reservoir surveillance will be. What are the technologies are available and routinely used for reservoir surveillance? What are the reservoir properties and well conditions affect those reservoir surveillance technologies? What new technologies are emerging to address our reservoir management challenges? All those fundamental questions will be covered in this integrated and interactive workshop, facilitated by industry subject matter experts from operating and service companies who will share the latest advancements in reservoir surveillance to achieve cost effective reservoir management.

Target Audience

• Log analysts

• Geoscientist

• Reservoir engineers

• Any other technical or non-technical persons who have a specific interest in the topic

Deliverables

• Awareness of reservoir surveillance

• Updating knowledge and new logging technology developments

• best practices with fit-for-purpose technologies

• Brainstorm ideas that would enable improvements and synergize routine workflows to find ways to perform reservoir surveillance more efficiently

Upstream Facilities Design and Optimization: Best Practices

Date/time: Day 2, Monday April 24th, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Keynote speaker: Azeb AlQahtani

Workshop  Description

With current oil price challenges, for some oil and gas fields; optimization of facilities design and production operations can be a major factor on maintaining production rates and reducing production cost. In this workshop we will investigate the best practices in optimization that applied for both green and brownfield project. The greenfield is different with brownfield development especially in the strategy and flexibility of the development since the opportunity for facilities design and production optimization is often constrained by reservoir conditions, production network, fluid handling capacity, aging facilities, safety and economic considerations or a combination of these considerations. The challenges of field development and maintain reservoir potential finally is to define the optimal operating strategies to achieve certain production goals. These goals can vary from field to field and with time. Typically one may wish to maximize daily hydrocarbon rates or minimize production costs.  Usually, the objective is to maximize the profit from an oil and gas field on a day to-day basis.

Target Audience

• Reservoir Engineers

• Facilities Engineers

• Production Engineers

• Operation Engineers

Deliverables

• Understanding the knowledge of reservoir data set for Field Development and upstream facilities design including economic justification

• Be able to develop PVT Design, fluid risk assessment (inorganic scale, asphaltene/ wax, sludge, hydrate, emulsion), flow assurance and facilities concept selection

• Identify the artificial lift selection process and understand the completion design

• Understand the facilities design standard and compliance on process safety and integrity

• Understand the Well, Reservoir & Facilities Surveillance concept as opportunity for bottle necking optimization

Maximizing the Value of Production Engineering Assets through Synergy: The Challenge of Change

Date/time: Day 2, Monday April 24th, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Keynote speaker: Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi

Workshop  Description

Oil and gas industry make accelerated efforts to apply technologies and best engineering practices against increasing demand and market volatility. Production engineering is one of the business sectors to have directly faced these challenges. To meet the daily increasing global needs for energy, meanwhile sustaining a healthy and productive reservoir. Thus, well monitoring is shifting towards instantaneous methods allowing real-time data to be collected. The current shift in technology will allow for a better decision-making and well intervention operations. How far can technology be a force for impact toward these goals? What uncertainties might obstruct this evolution? What are the key elements to assess while realizing this concept? Those questions and more will be challenged through this interactive workshop, facilitated by industry subject matter experts from operating and service companies.

Target Audience

• Production Engineers

• Reservoir Engineers

• Artificial Lift Specialists

• I-Field Specialists

• Programs Developers

Deliverables

• Improved awareness of Production Engineering well monitoring technologies aspects

• Challenge the participants to share their expertise and problem solving skills to remediate the current status of data collection and surveillance in the field

• Brainstorming session to improve and synergize Production Engineering routine workflows to find ways to complete the job more efficiently

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