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E-033 - Hunting for Oil: Exploration & Upstream Overview

5 days GEO/HFO
  • Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers, with short experience, who need to acquire a full view of the exploration, development and production workflow, in particular those who will join in multidisciplinary or asset teams - but also petroleum engineers, support staff, and non-technical staff, high potentials in the Oil & Gas upstream industry whose activity (either commercial, legal, financial or marketing) is calling for interaction with NOCs or International Operators, including executive managers and government officials
  • The success of an oil company depends on appropriate strategy, effective data interpretation and collaborative teamwork
  • This course has been designed to stimulate the participants’ desire for learning, and to capture their attention with an adequate blend of challenges, competition and collaboration, making the learning experience both enjoyable and educational, whatever their professional origin and background
  • The course is supported by the DALLAS™ software package, which is a dynamic training tool based on an innovative learning platform
Learning Objectives
  • To acquire a global vision of the upstream petroleum industry
  • To evaluate reservoir characteristics and potential using adequate geophysical and geological information
  • To understand how uncertainties inherent to data influence the capability to interpret them
  • To draw field development plans by balancing development costs versus production rates, in order to maximize NPV
Ways and means
  • A series of hands-on activities and exercises (maps, seismic sections, prognoses, logs, OWC, volumetrics, pitfalls, etc.) is proposed through sequential workshops to highlight key phases and illustrate lectures
The present program of this “serious game” has been based on an attendance figure of 15-18 participants, i.e. 5-6 teams of 3

Introduction - Exploration geology
  • Introduction: Specific roles and objectives of Exploration, Development & Production in the petroleum industry
  • Lecture: Geological context of hydrocarbon prospecting. Reservoir characterization tools & techniques in E&P
  • Workshop: Introduction to geoscientific exploration methods. Data-room / Call for tenders
Exploration geophysics
  • Lecture: Seismic reflection (fundamentals, data acquisition, processing & interpretation)
  • Workshop: Seismic interpretation. Survey planning. Commitment and permitting
Hydrocarbon traps - Operations geology
  • Lecture: Hydrocarbon genesis, migration, entrapment & timing. Play assessment (concept and preservation)
  • Workshop: Wellsite geology (mudlogging, wireline logging) and well monitoring. Well data interpretation
Well completion - Reservoir engineering - Production monitoring
  • Lecture: Well design and completion. Enhanced recovery
  • Workshop: Field appraisal strategy and development planning
Reserve evaluation - Reservoir modeling - Conclusion
  • Lecture: Understand the reservoir: sedimentological and structural modeling
  • Workshop: Accumulation evaluation: mapping and volumetric calculation (OOIP). Production monitoring
  • Conclusion: Presentation of teams’ results. Feedback discussion. Wrap-up session