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Short Courses $750 SPE Member | $850 Non SPE Member
Box lunch included

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Saturday April 14, 2018
Course Title / Instructor / Description

 

Polymer Flooding and Gel Treatments


Randy Seright

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to polymer flooding (for improved sweep and mobility control in reservoirs) and a basic introduction to gel treatments (for water shutoff and reduction of fluid channeling through reservoirs). For polymer flooding, topics covered include rheology in porous media, injectivity issues, polymer stability (mechanical, oxidative, chemical/thermal, microbial), polymer propagation issues, polymer flood design, surveillance, and evaluation, and discussion of important field applications. For gel treatments, topics include basic properties of gelants and gels, gel placement concepts, and a strategy to attack excess water production problems. A comparison of polymer flooding versus in-depth profile modification is provided.

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 

Reservoir Aspects of Horizontal and Multilateral Wells

Sada Joshi

This course includes discussion on the practical issues and reservoir parameters of horizontal well projects. The topics include formation damage, drainage areas, well spacing, well reserves, and rate calculations using steady-state and pseudo steady-state methods. The course includes several field case histories and performance analysis of horizontal wells. Topics include:

Drilling methods and costs
Well spacing and drainage areas
Recovery factors and steady-state solutions
Case histories: coning applications
Fractured horizontal wells
Forecasting production

While horizontal wells are riskier and more expensive than conventional wells, the production gains may be worth it. This course teaches you when the technology justifies the risk.

Special Requirements:

Bring a calculator to class.

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 
Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

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.

Topics include:

• Definitions of EOR and polymer flooding
• Fundamentals of displacement
• Phase behavior, micellar-polymer flooding, and chemical methods
• Thermal flooding and the basics of solvent flooding


Every oilfield eventually relies on some form of enhanced oil recovery. Some require it from the start. The information provided in this course can be crucial for continued productivity.

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 
Development Geology

Terngu Utim

This is a popular course from AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and is being offered at the IOR conference for the first time. It is designed to integrate application of geology aspects to the successful IOR projects.

This course covers the application of essential aspects of development geology that are key to successfully developing and managing IOR projects. Key aspects of this course include reservoir characterization to establish key controls on reservoir behavior, reservoir connectivity analysis, analyzing and integrating disparate data types for IOR planning, “remaining oil analysis” using maps and static models, how to handle uncertainties, and how to design wells that accomplish their designated roles in IOR projects.

Topics include:

•The role of the development geologist in IOR projects.
• How to make and apply basic and special maps in development geology.
• Qualitative and quantitative methods for locating remaining hydrocarbons.
• How to plan wells that surpass designated IOR targets.
• How to undertake “remaining hydrocarbon” analysis using maps and static models.
• How to build static models that are effective for IOR planning.
• How to characterize geology for IOR Schemes.
• How to use IOR data in development geology.

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 

Sunday April 15, 2018
Course Title / Instructor / Description

 
 

Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production


George 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.

Topics include:

• Candidate selection criteria to identify shale “sweet spots”
• Complex fractures and role of geomechanics
• Well orientation, optimum length and perf cluster design
Optimizing well completions and stimulations
• Fracturing risk estimation: strengths and areas to improve
• Water sources, treatment, reuse and disposal
• Predicting production, estimating decline and well start-up suggestions
Surface equipment and production operations

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 
Reservoir Heterogeneity and Characterization

Jerry L. Jensen & Larry W. Lake

This course teaches field-scale reservoir characterization to evaluate heterogeneity and well-to-well communication. Class discussion will include standard measures of heterogeneity, such as the Dykstra-Parson coefficient, as well as newer methods to analyze interwell communication. Where possible, we confirm results against geological information. Topics include:

• Statistical behavior of reservoir properties
• Flow-storage (Lorenz) curves
• Koval’s method of waterflood prediction
• Permeability and percolation
• Flow rate analysis to predict injector-producer communication

Managing water floods involves determining which injectors are in communication with which producers. Communication is influenced by the heterogeneity. Using the tools covered in this course, you will understand how communication can be measured and used for better management so that we can improve our understanding of the reservoir and which characteristics are controlling the well-to-well communications.

Special Requirements:
Bring a calculator to class.

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 

Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR

Charles E. (Chuck) Fox, Dr. 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. If there is enough interest among the participants, there will also be a discussion of CO2 geosequestration. Each attendee will receive a workbook containing copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the problems given in class.

This course is a great opportunity to learn the practical aspects of CO2 flooding from seasoned veterans without getting mired in the technical details. It’s a popular class, so register early.

**Special Requirements**:
Attendees must bring laptops to class. The CO2 Prophet model and the Scoping program (an Excel program) will be provided and discussed in the class. The CO2 Prophet model can be run on Windows 7 (Professional) laptops by first installing Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode programs, that can be downloaded at no cost from Microsoft.com

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.

 

 
Optimizing Existing Waterfloods

Brian Weatherill

This course covers practical methods for analyzing the performance of existing waterfloods and optimizing their technical and economic performance. Geological complexities in the reservoir often become apparent only after a waterflood has been implemented. Other operational factors could also result in performance that is significantly different from what was expected. This course focuses on surveillance methods and corrective measures that can help to optimize a field’s performance.

Topics include:

• Geological settings
• Characterizing waterflood production response
• Identifying problems
• Computer software applications for waterflood surveillance

• A case study

Although waterfloods are a traditional stimulation technique, they can be tricky. This course provides expert advice that will help you avoid problems and optimize the waterflood performance in the field.

Included in the cost of this course is an android-based tablet containing an electronic copy of the short course notebook. A printed short course notebook is available for an additional charge. If you would like a printed copy, in addition to the provided electronic copy on the tablet, please select this option during registration. The cost is $75.