Production Engineering I & II

Production engineering encompasses diverse topics that relate to methods and tools used to efficiently produce oil and gas from wells. This set of two courses covers these topics over two weeks. The first week is focused on reservoir inflow performance, wellbore flow and surface production systems. Nodal analysis can be used to estimate the production rate a well can deliver as well as to design gas-lift and pump assisted lift systems. The second week is focused on well completions, well productivity, formation damage and well stimulation.

The two courses can be taken together or each can be taken independently. Participants registering for either course will be expected to have a basic working knowledge of engineering concepts. Experience in the field is very desirable since the courses deal with field application of advanced production engineering principles and practice.

Course Objectives 
To educate reservoir, production and surface facilities engineers in key aspects of production engineering in oil and gas fields.

Target Audience 
The courses target reservoir, production and surface facilities engineers (and geoscientists), responsible for managing the reservoir and maximizing the production performance of oil and gas wells.

Key Benefits 
Significant performance enhancement and cost savings in all aspects of aspects of oil and gas production through better diagnostic tools, better operational practices and better drilling, completion and production strategies.

Training Methodology 
The course will be taught using a set of course notes specifically designed for the course. The course covers the fundamental theory, and the latest technological developments. It particularly emphasizes field application through lots of practical field examples, exercises and case studies.

Personnel / Organizational Impact 
Attendees will have the tools to make them part of a well trained team of professionals who can make the right production engineering and facilities decisions to ensure highly productive and profitable oil and gas reservoirs.

Competencies Emphasized in the Course 
Both courses are focused on the tools and techniques used to better manage production from oil and gas wells. A better understanding of all aspects of production engineering leads both to better operational practices and the use of tools and methods that help maximize the production from existing fields. Reservoir inflow / outflow performance, diagnostic tools such as well tests and production logging, surface production facilities as well as formation damage, acidizing and fracturing are emphasized.

Mukul M. Sharma is Professor and past Chairman of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked, published, taught and consulted extensively in the oil and gas industry for the past 22 years. He is the recipient of the 1998 SPE Formation Evaluation Award, the 2002 Lester C. Uren Award and the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering faculty. He has served as an SPE Instructor for 14 years and as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2002.

Length of Course
Each course will be taught over five days. A detailed outline of the course for each day is provided in the following pages.

Production Engineering I
Inflow Performance, Nodal Analysis and Artificial Lift

Day 1
Module I.1 Introduction and Definitions
Module I.2 Inflow Performance for oil wells
Module I.3 Inflow performance for gas wells

Day 2
Module I.4 Single Phase and Multi-Phase Flow in Wellbores
Module I.5 Nodal Analysis

Day 3
Module I.6 Oil and gas well testing
Module I.7 Gas lift

Day 4
Module I.8 Pump assisted artificial lift
Module I.9 Production logging

Day 5
Module I.10 Surface gathering, separation and fluid handling systems
Module I.11 Production forecasting for oil and gas wells

Production Engineering II
Well Completions, Formation Damage and Stimulation

Day 1
Module II.1 Introduction to Production Engineering
Module II.2 Impact of drilling practices on well productivity
Module II.3 Cementing and perforating operations

Day 2
Module II.4 Fines migration and clay swelling
Module II.5 Sand control: Gravel packing and frac packing
Module II.6 Scale, bacteria and corrosion problems

Day 3
Module II.7 Paraffin and asphaltene deposits
Module II.8 Water blocking, condensate banking and wettability alteration
Module II.9 Water injection wells

Day 4
Module II.10 Sandstone acidizing
Module II.11 Carbonate acidizing
Module II.12 Fundamentals of fracture mechanics

Day 5
Module II.13 Fracturing fluids and proppant transport
Module II.14 Hydraulic fracture design
Module II.15 Production performance of hydraulically fractured wells