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.

All training courses take place at the Omni Hotel, Level 2.

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

Oilfield Data Analytics

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 Yesterday’s practices are being superseded by a universal trend towards the extensive use of historical and real-time data to understand, learn and predict all well intervention operations.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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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