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SPE Certification and PE Exam Review

This preparatory study course will share best practices for engineering professionals getting ready to take the professional registration or the SPE certification exam. Duration: 13 hours, 5 minutes Expiration: This course expires 12 months from date of registration.

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Introduction to Process Safety for Upstream Oil & Gas

The purpose of this course is to introduce engineers and other professionals to the basic principles of risk-based process safety management. Through text, brief videos and games, students will learn how these principles can be applied to the upstream oil and gas industry to reduce risk and prevent injuries & environmental incidents.

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Seismic Interpretation of Shales

This topic outlines the seven common types of unconventionals. It identifies the twelve desired characteristics of productive shale gas formations and outlines the impact of unconventional drilling on shale gas resources. The process of hydraulic fracture stimulation is described. The potential for seismic to help in the search for shale reservoirs is explained. Important mechanical rock properties for reservoir engineers that help with reservoir characterization are listed. The three seismic attributes that are useful for identifying optimal drilling locations are identified, and how these attributes are derived from the direct seismic is explained. It defines the three common current inversion methods. Two important factors that affect unconventional rock velocity are described. It outlines two important factors of velocities and explains how this determines the placement of wellbores. The coherence attribute and the features it helps to identify are explained. The main objectives of a microseismic survey are discussed. It lists the reasons it is important to identify faults early in the hydrofracking operation. Four key reasons microseismic is used to monitor well stimulation activities are explained.

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Permitting for Well Operations

Prepare the required permission requests for drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulation, abandonment and well servicing operations to satisfy the established legal requirements of governmental regulatory organizations. Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to follow proper procedures for obtaining permission to conduct drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulations, abandonment proposals and well servicing operations, in accordance the established legal requirements of the MEM, MARNR and other official organizations.

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Exploration Business Management

After completing this course, the learner will have an understanding of the critical elements and methodologies that exploration and senior management need to apply before approving the drilling of exploration wells. The Learner will be able to: perform a critical review of a prospect, understand the role of economic thresholds in decision making, identify the key components of the decision process to drill an exploratory well, and identify how to align company strategy with exploration efforts.

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3D and 4D Seismic Modeling, Design and Acquisition

This course explains how the final 3D processed traces fit to an interpretation grid. It lists three seismic displays that are unique to 3D data. The primary differences in acquisition techniques between 2D and 3D projects are discussed. The three significant advantages of 3D seismic over 2D seismic are identified. It details how investing in a 3D survey helps reduce risks associated with drilling a dry hole. How the Fresnel Zone and frequency content are related when designing a 3D survey are discussed. The key considerations of 3D target analysis in pre-acquisition modeling are identified. It lists the four main benefits of wide azimuth surveys. The four criteria that a successful 4D program should meet are described. The three primary components of the 4D program design process are detailed. It describes the Global Positioning System and explains how it is used in seismic surveys. Six common land and marine seismic acquisition equipment configuration techniques are described. The vessels and equipment used in transition zone seismic acquisition are explained. The course discusses how different quality control techniques are used to improve seismic data.

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Overview of Formation Evaluation

Introduces the scope, objectives and main methods of formation evaluation, especially LWD and wireline well logging, core acquisition and analysis, and well testing. Discusses the measurements of rock and fluid properties such as porosity, absolute and relative permeability, formation resistivity, fluid saturation, petrophysical parameters and the effects of drilling mud filtrate invasion on the formations near the wellbore. Describes the main core acquisition processes and subsequent common routine and special core analysis (SCAL) techniques. Overviews the objectives and some basic methods of well testing and analysis, and the integration of the well test analysis with other subsurface data.

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Subsurface Environment

This topic addresses the fundamental and general conditions of the subsurface environment. The nature of water, pressure, geothermal gradient and fluid dynamics is discussed and its implications on oil and gas generation. Also presented is the effects of overpressure and under pressured environments as it relates to drilling and production.

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Exploration Project Management

In this course you will be introduced to the project management stage-gate process, with attention to Stage One, the Exploration Stage. Specific focus is placed on the host country licensing agreement and its commercial terms, the value of information as it applies to the exploration process; including the manner in which an opportunity progresses from play to prospect, the drilling of exploratory wells and the formation evaluation decisions. The estimation of resources using the SPE resources management system, and the project economic analysis using both deterministic and stochastic analysis will be covered. The learner will be able to: describe the Exploration Project Management methodology and its role in the exploration process, understand the Exploration Process from both a technical and business management perspective, apply the SPE Resources Management System to exploration opportunities, understand the role of risk and uncertainty and the costs associated with risk reduction and its impact on profitability, know how to develop business metrics for an exploration prospect using project economics under conditions of uncertainty, and identify how to review the business and technical criteria necessary to move an opportunity from play to prospect through disciplined process that leads to a commitment to move to Stage Two: Planning Field Development.

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Economic Evaluation

Use economic evaluation methods to select the most profitable project and/or exploitation strategy, and formulate a project budget. Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to apply economic evaluation techniques that are necessary for analyzing proposed long-range exploitation strategies and/or projects in the areas of reservoir, drilling and production.

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Deepwater Drilling

The term "deepwater" has always been defined in terms of where offshore technology stood at a given moment. In the early 1960s, 500-foot water depths placed a practical limit on offshore drilling capabilities; by 2003, the water depth record had surpassed 10,000 feet. This Topic describes the equipment and technology that have made such advances possible. Starting with an overview of worldwide drilling activity, it looks at the characteristics of deepwater environments and the challenges they pose with respect to rig requirements and offshore project management. It goes on to discuss the systems, equipment and considerations involved in deepwater well planning, design and construction. It then examines some of the innovative solutions to deepwater drilling challenges, ranging from riserless drilling to dual activity operations. Finally, it presents several case studies to show how these solutions have been applied in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore eastern Canada and the North Sea.

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Logging Equipment and Operational Procedures

Logging while drilling (LWD) and wireline logging set-up processes, equipment, tool conveyance, data transmission and operational procedures are reviewed. The features and functions of common LWD and wireline logging tools are summarized. LWD and wireline logging operations are compared, facilitating logging program design. Well log quality control techniques are discussed.