27–29 October 2020, Virtual (UTC-5)

26 October | Member Monday

Training Courses

Training Courses

Extend your ATCE experience by adding a training course before or after the conference. Select from 26 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.

Training courses are not included with the purchase of ATCE conference registration and must be purchased separately
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Pre-event course are available on Thursday, 22 October 
Post-event courses are available on Monday, 2 November – Friday, 6 November and Monday, 9 November.

Please Note:

  • All training courses will take place virtually. 
  • Training courses prior to 1 November will go live in Central Daylight Time (UTC -5:00). 
  • Training courses after 1 November will go live in Central Standard Time (UTC -6:00). 
  • Please see individual training course for respective start and end times.
  • All training courses are one day courses.

Pre-Conference One-Day Courses
Thursday, 22 October

Hydraulic Fracturing – Design and Treatment

Time: 0800–1700
Instructors: Michael Smith, Carl T Montgomery
Disciplines: Completions, Production and Operations, Reservoir
Course Description:

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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Post-Conference One-Day Courses
Monday, 2 November

Global Energy Markets

Time: 0800–1700
Instructor: Kamel Ben-Naceur
Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability, Management
Course Description:

The course goes through fundamentals of demand and supply in global energy markets, main primary energy sources (conventional and unconventional oil and gas, coal, renewables, and nuclear), electricity markets. Global energy scenarios are then presented with their impact on the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions and the oil and gas industry’s investments.

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Modern Well Design

Time: 0830–1730
Instructor: Bernt S Aadnoy
Disciplines: Reservoir
Course Description:

Describing operational sequences, Modern Well Design presents a unified approach to well design process and walks through an overview from spudding the well through drilling and completion to startup and production. 

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Optimizing Reliability, Risk and Compliance Through Human Factors Leadership

Time: 0900–1800
Instructor: Don Evans
Disciplines: Management
Course Description:

Human factors training provides the cognitive and personal resource skills to complement specific technical training within a team based environment, leading to safer and more efficient task performance. This course is for anyone who works within a dynamic, demanding and risk based oil and gas environment where excellent safety culture is needed.

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Project Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Analysis

Time: 0800–1700
Instructors: James (Jim) Gouveia, Mark A McLane
Disciplines: Management, Projects, Facilities and Construction
Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the application of systematic risk analysis to identify, quantify, and manage the risks and uncertainties involved with modern petroleum field development.

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Shale Analytics

Time: 0830–1730
Instructor: Shahab D Mohaghegh
Disciplines: Data Science, Engineering Analytics, Reservoir
Course Description:

This course will demonstrate through actual case studies (and real field data from thousands of shale wells) how to impact well placement, completion, and operational decision-making based on field measurements rather than human biases and preconceived notions.

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Shale and Tight Reservoir Technical Analysis

Time: 0900–1800
Instructor: Steve Hennings
Disciplines: Reservoir
Course Description:

This course covers the essential concepts and techniques applied in evaluating hydrocarbon storage and productivity potential in shale and tight reservoirs, with an emphasis on practical methods uncommon to conventional reservoir analysis. The limitations and advantages of the different techniques will be illustrated through examples compiled from actual evaluation studies in several different basins. 

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Post-Conference One-Day Courses
Tuesday, 3 November

A Guide Through Ethics: Meeting Your Professional Requirements

Time: 0830–1730
Instructors: Bryce V. Kalynchuk, James (Jim) Gouveia
Disciplines: Management
Course Description:

This workshop will review the SPE “Guide for Professional Conduct,” and is intended to meet the requirements of many professional societies and regulatory bodies for ethics training. 

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Managing Your Business Using PRMS (Petroleum Resources Management System)

Time: 0800–1700
Instructors: Rawdon Seager
Disciplines: Management, Reservoir
Course Description:

This course allows an in-depth look at the framework, classifications and applications of SPE’s Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS). Participants will gain a solid understanding of this valuable resource management tool.

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Re-Fracturing – Candidate Selection and Design

Time: 0800–1700
Instructor: Michael B Smith
Disciplines: Production and Operations
Course Description:

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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Post-Conference One-Day Courses
Wednesday, 4 November

An Overview of Multistage Completion Systems for Hydraulic Fracturing

Time: 0830–1730
Instructors: W Aaron Burton
Course Description:

This course focuses on the multistage completion systems that are used in these applications, including plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems (frac sleeves), and coiled tubing-activated systems (annular fracturing).

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Applied Statistical Modeling and Data Analytics for Reservoir Performance Analysis

Time: 0900–1800
Instructor: Srikanta Mishra
Disciplines: Data Science, Engineering Analytics, Reservoir
Course Description:

The goal is to “mine the data” and develop data-driven insights to understand and optimize reservoir response. The process involves: (1) acquiring and managing data in large volumes, of different varieties, and at high velocities, and (2) using statistical techniques to discover hidden patterns of association and relationships in these large, complex, multivariate datasets. However, the subject remains a mystery to most petroleum engineers and geoscientists because of the statistics-heavy jargon and the use of complex algorithms.

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Methane Emission Measurement & Mitigation (MEMM)

Time: 0800–1700
Instructors: Darcy Spady, Jackson Hegland
Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability, Production and Operations
Course Description:

This one-day session will include a view of best practices for Carbon Management with a focus on fugitive methane reduction. It will include global and local examples of Carbon Regulations, give tools for de-risking regulatory compliances and field-proven methane reduction technology cases. It will be introduced within the framework of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and regional Environmental and Social Metrics as proposed by governments or regulators. 

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Reservoir Engineering Applications of Advanced Data Analytics and Machine Learning Algorithms

Time: 0800–1700
Instructor: Ashwin Venkatraman
Disciplines: Data Science, Engineering Analytics, Drilling, Production and Operations, Reservoir
Course Description:

This course looks at successful application of machine learning and data analytics in E&P industry in the last several years. We will start with fundamentals of data mining algorithms, machine learning algorithms (neural networks, decision tree analysis) and present their successful implementation on subsurface data. The course is devoted to field application of these tools and techniques with focus on production optimization and optimization of water/gas injection operations.

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Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production

Time: 0830–1730
Instructor: George E King
Disciplines: Production and Operations
Course Description:

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. 

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Post-Conference One-Day Courses
Thursday, 5 November

Advanced Coiled Tubing Engineering and Best Practices

Time: 0800–1700
Instructor: Todd Green
Disciplines: Production and Operations
Course Description:

This seminar will begin with a very brief review and refresher of basic CT equipment and well control components. The remainder and primary focus of the seminar will be on job design consideration, safety considerations, and job execution of common CT intervention job types including:  Nitrogen lifting, Proppant or fill cleanout, Milling, Acid Stimulation, logging, and perforating.

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Casing and Tubing Design

Time: 0800–1700
Instructor: Peter Erpelding
Disciplines: Completions, Drilling
Course Description:

This course covers all the relevant subjects needed to understand the structural mechanics of downhole tubulars. Discussions begin with the fundamental design principles and progresses through materials, performance, loads and design. Participants will also learn to calculate tension, compression, burst collapse, yield and threshold strength.

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Process Safety for E&P Operations

Time: 0900–1800
Instructor: Mark Hansen
Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability, Production and Operations
Course Description:

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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Post-Conference One-Day Courses
Friday, 6 November

Field Development Economics

Time: 0900–1800
Instructors: Mark Cook, David Palmer
Disciplines: Management
Course Description:

In this course, participants will learn to construct an economic evaluation of a field development opportunity using common industry indicators. Supported by many practical examples, the course covers both greenfield and brownfield situations. 

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Heavy Oil Exploitation

Time: 0700–1600
Instructor: Abul Jamaluddin
Disciplines: Completions, Drilling, Production and Operations, Projects, Facilities and Construction, Reservoir
Course Description:

This is a comprehensive overview of heavy oil exploitation covering full life cycle heavy oilfield development. The course highlights the key challenges associated with their development and their associated remedial measures.

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Introduction to Liquefied Natural Gas Industry: Infrastructure, Regulation and Markets

Time: 0830–1730
Instructor: Tom Russo
Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability, Management, Production and Operations, Projects, Facilities and Construction
Course Description:

This 1-day course will present an overview of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Industry. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the LNG supply chain, types of infrastructure, costs, siting and safety regulations, and LNG markets. The instructor will also discuss how LNG Export and Import plants operate on land and vessels and how LNG is transported. Attendees will also learn how U.S. shale gas and LNG projects are influencing global LNG markets and exporting and importing countries.

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Modern Production Data Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs

Time: 0800–1700
Instructor: David Anderson
Disciplines: Reservoir
Course Description:

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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Optimising Existing Waterfloods

Time: 0830–1730
Instructor: Brian Weatherill, Rob Lavoie
Disciplines: Reservoir
Course Description:

This course covers practical methods for analysing the performance of existing waterfloods and optimising their technical and economic performance. 

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Production Forecasts and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Resources

Time: 0900–1800
Instructor: W John Lee
Disciplines: Reservoir
Course Description:

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.  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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Separator Design and Troubleshooting

Time: 0800–1700
Instructors: Robert Chin, Victor van Asperen
Disciplines: Projects, Facilities and Construction
Course Description:

This course describes different types of separators and scrubbers for a desired performance, how to design, and how to troubleshoot and debottleneck. We target gas-liquid separation with emphasis on liquid removal from gas. Discussions will begin with descriptions of two and three phase separators. Internals for enhancing separation performance will then be explained. The course then continues with fundamental separator/scrubber design principles including level control and effects of motion and inlet piping on performance. A significant portion of the course covers troubleshooting and debottlenecking examples of separators and scrubbers.

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Post-Conference One-Day Courses
Monday, 9 November

Gas EOR in Tight Unconventionals 

Time: 0900–1800
Instructor: Curtis Hays Whitson
Disciplines: Reservoir
Course Description:

Gas-based EOR in tight unconventionals is a growing application to tap the vast unproduced oil and condensate resources in liquid-rich shale basins. The Huff-n-Puff process now involves several hundred wells in the Eagle Ford, and pilots are planned or ongoing in all other liquid-rich basins (Bakken, Permian, and Montney).

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