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Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers (2 Day)

Course Code: N623
Instructors:  Saad Ibrahim
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration:
2 days


This course is designed to provide non-engineering petroleum industry technical professionals with a thorough overview of most key aspects of petroleum engineering technology and its applications. The course addresses engineering issues ranging from initial involvement with explorationists, reserves evaluation and field development, production optimization, and all the aspects of well drilling. The sessions will focus on relevant and practical issues; including real case studies.


Great course which provides a comprehensive overview of the PE process. Highly recommended for anyone who is not exposed to the Upstream

Duration and Training Method

Two classroom days providing 1.6 CEU (Continuing Education Credits) or 16 PDH (Professional Development Hours)

Course Overview

Participants will learn to

1. Learn about an overview of the industry and how the roles of different professional disciplines are integrated to generate development plans.
2. Understand subsurface geology to learn how economic oil/gas fields are formed and discovered
3. Basic review of rock and fluid properties
4. How wells are drilled.  The function of the drilling rig various equipment,
5. Learn about completion techniques for vertical and horizontal wells to allow for safe operation and to control production.
6. How engineers/geologists determine oil/gas reserves, which define the value of E&P companies.
7. How to diagnose production problem and perform remedial action.
8. The application of different Enhanced Oil Recovery EOR schemes and benefits.
9. How economic analysis is performed to confirm that proposed projects will economic benefits

Course Agenda
Day One
1. Overview
 a. Oil and gas reserves breakdown
 b. The main components of oil/gas field development plans briefing the role of each discipline
2. Reservoir Geology
 a. Types of reservoir rocks
 b. Main elements of petroleum reservoirs
 c. Geological maps
3. Rock properties
 a. Types of rock porosity and measurements
 b. Definitions of formation permeability and measurements
 c. Capillary pressure
1. Fluid properties
 a. Hydrocarbon classifications and fluid sampling
 b. Phase envelops description of oil and gas field
 c. Physical properties of oil and gas fields
2. Well drilling and completion methods
 a. Background history
3. Rotary drilling
 a. Description of rotary systems
 b. Hoisting system
 c. Rotary system
 d. Pipe connection, BOP, tubing and casing hangers
 e. Top drive method
4. Underbalanced drilling and coiled tubing drilling
5. Well completion techniques
 a. Open hole, cased hole, and gravel pack
 b. Well perforation

Day Two
6. Reservoir drives and reserves determination
7. Reservoir derives
 a. Primary and secondary recoveries
 b. Types of reservoir drives and impact on performance
8. Reserves determination
 a. Reserves classification and definitions
 b. Volumetric and material balance methods
 c. Decline analysis
9. Reservoir delineation & development
 a. Field development considerations
 b. Design aspects related to the well and the field
10. Types and applications of artificial lift
 a. Impact on field performance
 b. Different techniques (advantages and disadvantages)
11. Horizontal well applications
 a. Benefits of horizontal wells
 b. Geological, completion, and drilling risks
12. Production operations and optimization
 a. Methods estimating well performance
 b. Operational problems (diagnostic and remedy methods)
13. Well testing 
 a. Types of well tests
 b. Flow/buildup test and analysis
 c. Drawdown testing and reservoir limit testing (RLT)
 d. Case study
14. Well stimulation methods (acidizing and fracing)
15. Enhanced Recovery Mechanism
 a. Oil recovery mechanisms
 b. Types of EOR and screening
 c. Monitoring of waterflood project
16. Review chemical and CO2 floods
17. Unconventional Oil and Gas
 a. Oil sands and thermal
 b. Shale gas and oil shale and the applications of horizontal wells with multi fracing
18. Economics 
 a. Input data to economic evaluation
 b. Various economic profitability indices
 c. Example of running economics of well drilling
19. Closing comments

This course is aimed at non-engineering professionals involved in the oil industry and also for junior exploitation engineers/technologists, and geologists.

Saad Ibrahim

Saad Ibrahim has over 35 years of diversified experience in the Petroleum Industry in Western Canada and internationally, including projects in Libya, Yemen, Iran, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina, with special expertise in reservoir engineering/management with emphasis on field development planning, evaluation of depletion strategies and production optimization of a wide spectrum of oil and gas fields.

Other interests include well test planning and analysis using state of the art commercially-available software; the implementation of secondary and tertiary recovery schemes; and technical and economic evaluations of oil and gas properties for acquisition and divestiture ventures. 

For the past 25 years, Mr. Ibrahim has been a worldwide recognized instructor covering a wide range of petroleum engineering topics. He graduated from the University of Alexandria (Egypt) with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1973, and obtained a post-graduate diploma from the University of Calgary in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 1983. Saad is a member of the APEGA, and the SPE.

Affiliations and Accreditation
Post-Graduate Diploma University of Calgary - Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
BSc University of Alexandria - Mechanical Engineering
Member of the APEGGA, SPE and CIM

Courses Taught
N607 - Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers (4 Day)
N614 - Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering
N623 - Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers (2 Day)

CEU: 1.4 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 14 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
RPS is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. We comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognised internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.
We issue a Certificate of Attendance which verifies the number of training hours attended. Our courses are generally accepted by most professional licensing boards/associations towards continuing education credits. Please check with your licensing board to determine if the courses and certificate of attendance meet their specific criteria.