24-26 September 2018

Dallas, Texas, USA  

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center


Training Courses

Extend your ATCE experience by adding a training course before or after the conference. Select from more than 25 courses and find a topic to match your learning and professional development needs. SPE works with recognized experts to develop training courses covering a wide range of industry topics. Participants receive 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for one-day courses and 1.6 CEUs for two-day courses.

Training courses are not included with the purchase of ATCE conference registration and must be purchased separately.

One-Day Course
Saturday, 22 September | 0800–1700

Oilfield Data Mining

Instructor: Shahab D. Mohaghegh

This course examines the successful application of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (AI&DM) in the E&P industry in the past several years. It will start with the fundamentals of AI&DM, covering artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, and fuzzy logic. The course is devoted to field application of this technology with focus on production optimization and recovery enhancement.

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One-Day Course
Sunday, 23 September | 0800–1700

Data Analytics for Drilling Optimization

Instructor: Carlos Damski

In today’s world, traditional methods of drilling oil wells don’t work as much anymore. Yesterday’s practices are being superseded by a universal trend towards the extensive use of historical and real-time data to understand, learn and predict all well intervention operations. This course explores the impact of data analytics on well operations. Drawn from the presenter’s extensive experience in data analysis, it examines, in easily understandable terms, today’s data management processes targeting process improvement.

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Two-Day Courses
Saturday and Sunday, 22–23 September | 0800–1700

Addressing New Opportunities in Mature Oil and Gas Fields

Instructor: Arshad Khan

This course is an overview of techniques for finding new opportunities, adding value and extending the life of old fields. It provides practical tools to help you screen your fields for additional upside.

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An Overview of Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

Instructor: Kenneth D. Mahrer

This course is a survey of microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing. It is designed to give the attendees a rudimentary understanding of this technology based on the science at its foundation, the means and methods by which it is carried out, and the benefits it brings to the users. Since this technology is interdisciplinary, combining geophysics, geology, and geomechanics with well completion technologies, the goal of the course is to give attendees the knowledge and realistic expectations of microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing.

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Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions

Instructor: Rajan Chokshi

This course is designed to give trainees an overview of various artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. After introducing participants to the need for an artificial lift system, training will focus on each of the following lift methods: Gas lift, Reciprocating Rod Lift, Progressing Cavity Pumping, Hydraulic Pumping, Electrical Submersible Pumping, Plunger and Capillary System. For each lift type, the course covers main components, application envelope, relative strengths and weaknesses. Animations, field cases, and example-calculations are used to reinforce concepts.

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Chemical Enhanced Recovery

Instructor: Mojdeh Delshad

This course is a review of the fundamental principles of displacement and phase behavior needed to understand chemical EOR methods. It provides an overview of four major types of chemical EOR, specific chemicals in each category, conditions under which they work, and special problems encountered with each.

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DFIT - The Unconventional Well Test: Theory, Design, and Interpretation

Instructor: David Craig

DFIT – The Unconventional Well Test course will review the theory of fracture-injection/falloff testing, the design of DFITs, and interpretation of DFIT data using both straight-line and type-curve methods. Design and interpretation methods will be illustrated with North American field examples, including horizontal and vertical well DFITs in unconventional reservoirs.

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Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

Instructor: Larry W. Lake

This course teaches an integrated version of the basics of waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), illustrating the connection of each process to a few fundamental principles. It reviews the specifics of thermal and solvent EOR by relating basic principles to the results of cases from the field.

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Forecasting Well Production Data in Unconventional Resources 

Instructor: Dilhan Ilk

This course provides a comprehensive methodology for the diagnosis, analysis, and forecasting of well production data in unconventional resources. An extensive evaluation of the diagnostic tools for assessing data viability, checking data correlation along with flow regime identification is presented. The principal focus is to diagnose the characteristic flow regimes associated with well production and apply methodologies to estimate performance parameters and forecast production.

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Hydraulic Fracturing-Design and Treatment

Instructor: Carl Montgomery

This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments.

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Mitigating Bias, Blindness, and Illusion in E&P Decision Making

Instructor: Creties Jenkins

This course begins by examining the types of bias, blindness, and illusion that affect us.  Exercises, videos, examples, and discussions help illustrate how these exert themselves in our daily activities.  We then address their role in the oil and gas industry via case studies that show their impact on decision-making. This is followed by a half-day, real-world exercise using data from an appraisal/development project to give participants practice in addressing bias, blindness, and illusion in their technical work. The course concludes by presenting a summary ‘toolkit’ with mitigation techniques that immediately can be applied to project work.

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Principles of Gas Well Performance and Deliquification

Instructor: Bob Pearson

To present a practical refresher on the fundamental principles of gas well performance and demonstrate how these underpin production system design and optimization. To examine liquid loading effects and deliquification options.

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Production Forecasts and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Resource

Instructor: W. John Lee

This course will provide training in production forecasting and reserves estimation for low-permeability resource plays (such as shales) using simple, rapidly applied decline models favored by the industry for routine forecasting. Recommended methodology will be based on fundamental fluid flow theory rather than only on experience with different modeling techniques. The course will conclude with a comparison of decline models and a suggested workflow applicable to a wide variety of models and soundly grounded in fundamentals.

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Review for the Principles and Practice Exam

Instructors: Richard G. Hughes, Bob W. Chase

This preparatory study course will share best practices for engineering professionals getting ready to take the professional registration or the SPE certification exam. Questions similar to those found on a typical exam will be reviewed in an effort to raise awareness of exam content. Areas covered include drilling and completions, production logging, economics, reservoir engineering, and formation evaluation.

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Science and Technology of Water Treating

Instructor: John Walsh

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the science and practical applications of water treating. It presents the fundamental mechanisms behind various water treating equipment and processes, and gives practical experience from dozens of water treating facilities from around the globe.

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Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production

Instructor: George E. King

This course acquaints participants with the basics of oil and gas shale evaluation and current shale selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments. Technologies include logging, frac interval selection, multistage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.

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One-Day Courses
Thursday, 27 September | 0800–1700

Applied Statistical Modeling and Data Analytics for Reservoir Performance Analysis

Instructor: Dr. Srikanta Mishra

This workshop will provide an introduction to statistical modeling and data analytics for reservoir performance analysis by focusing on: (a) easy-to-understand descriptions of the commonly-used concepts and techniques, and (b) case studies demonstrating the value-added proposition for these methods. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along the exercises in the workshop. 

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Basic Pressure - Transient Test Analysis

Instructor: W. John Lee

This course teaches the systematic analysis and design procedures for testing pressure buildup and flow tests. Example applications focus on identifying the appropriate reservoir model, estimating effective formation permeability, and quantifying damage or stimulation.

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Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology

Instructor: Terry N. Gardner

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic advance in the technology employed to identify and develop deepwater reserves. Through innovation and exploitation of high tech advances in related fields, the offshore industry has succeeded in overcoming major technological and economic challenges of deepwater. Deepwater operators, as well as equipment and service providers, have all made major contributions.

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Horizontal Well Completions

Instructors: Sudiptya Banerjee, W. Aaron Burton

This course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells. It covers both cased-hole and open-hole configurations, either with or without sand control. Participants will learn the applications and dynamics of horizontal wells, including drill-in fluids, hole displacement, cementing, perforating, and stimulation. They will also learn the guidelines for selecting stand-alone screens and executing horizontal gravel packs.

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Managing Your Business Using PRMS and SEC Standards

Instructor: Rawdon Seager

This course is an overview of the 2018 updated SPE Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. The PRMS is an industry standard approach to classifying petroleum resources. Portfolio managers use it to support their evaluations and decisions. Publicly traded companies listed on US stock exchanges are also obligated to report a portion of their assets according to SEC reserves disclosure rules. Although SEC rules are now more closely aligned with PRMS guidelines, there are important differences. This course compares the key features of PRMS and SEC regulations, and explains how companies may combine the two standards to better manage their business.

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Modern Production Data Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs

Instructor: David Anderson

This course provides attendees with a comprehensive methodology for well performance analysis with specific focus on unconventional oil and gas. The approach combines the use of several powerful techniques and will illustrate the practical aspects of production data analysis.

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Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR

Instructors: Charles E. Fox, S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, J. M. (Jay) Avasthi

This popular course is based on the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding, and is an outgrowth of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the SPE CO2> conferences, and training courses held in Midland, Texas over the past 13 years. The instructors spend most of the time on the practical aspects of CO2 flooding, keeping the theoretical aspects to a bare minimum. Instructors also discuss the economics of CO2 flooding compared to waterflooding.

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Process Safety for E&P Operations

Instructor: Matt Hansen

This course provides a fundamental understanding of process safety techniques and how applying these techniques can improve safety, equipment reliability, environmental performance and reduce overall costs. It presents an overview of the elements comprising process safety, practical examples and how process safety can be integrated into day-to-day operations.

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Re-Fracturing-Candidate Selection and Design

Instructor: Michael B. Smith

This course discusses how to select a candidate that will benefit from a workover and the extra considerations involved in a treatment design.

What makes a good re-frac candidate
How depletion affects the re-fracture for good and bad
Re-fracture treatment design differences

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Reservoir Heterogeneity and Characterization

Instructors: Jerry L. Jensen, Larry W. Lake

This course teaches field-scale reservoir characterization to evaluate heterogeneity and well-to-well communication. Class discussion includes single- and multiphase properties, standard measures of heterogeneity, such as the Dykstra-Parson coefficient, as well as newer methods to analyze inter-well communication. Where possible, we compare results with geological and seismic information to better understand which heterogeneities control injector-producer interactions.

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Rigless Intervention Best Practices for Coiled Tubing, Slickline, and Wireline

Instructors: Ron Zbitowsky, Todd Green

This short course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of surface equipment, downhole tools, various applications, and operational contingencies for rigless well interventions involving coiled tubing, slickline, or wireline.  The participants will learn first-hand knowledge of the capability of each intervention and what to consider when choosing which intervention method to utilize.  The course will cover recommended risk mitigation and well control barriers as well as best practices gained from years of experience and application.

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The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change

Instructors: Flora Moon, Linda Battalora, and Johana Dunlop

The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability. Attendees will learn how to apply these tools to:

  • better manage sustainability risks 
  • reduce sustainability delays
  • maintain or increase ROI
  • enhance industry reputation
  • mitigate sustainability impacts


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Unconventional Reservoir Development

Instructor: Steve Hennings

This course provides an introduction to the terminology, design concepts and status of unconventional reservoir development. The primary focus is on shale development but with coverage of the few select key elements of shale that are similar to coalbed methane, tight oil & gas, and even conventional reservoirs. Reviewing these similarities is useful in illustrating the concepts and in understanding the reliability of techniques that are new to shale but that have been tested for decades in other types of oil & gas resources.

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Well Integrity Impacts and Requirements for Fracturing and Acidizing in New and Old Wells

Instructor: George E. King

The course focuses on challenges and issues of proper isolation in wells with specific interest in finding weaknesses in well construction prior to creating problems during perforating, acidizing, fracturing or other high pressure operations.  Case histories are used to illustrate warning “flags” of well damage or weaknesses created by such factors as corrosion, erosion, explosive stress loads, packer setting, drilling wear, differential pressure, various chemical attacks, thermal effects, cement failure and other conditions.  Problem avoidance will be emphasized.

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