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Please view  the Oil & Gas Academy Petroleum Schools Brochure for more details of our courses.

A small selection is also described below.  For fee inquiries, contact  info@oilgasacademy [dot] org.

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A small selection of our courses

Basic Geophysics & Seismic Interpretation

Facilities Engineering
Reservoir Engineering (Basic)
Development Geology

(Sequence) Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

HSE Management in Operations

Basic Geochemistry for Explorationists

Fundamentals of the Drilling Process

Structural Geology

Clastic Reservoir Characterization

Applied Petrophysics (Basic)

Seismic Data Processing (Basic)

See the Events page  for more details on these and other courses.


Basic Geophysics & Seismic Interpretation
By: Dr. G. Diephuis, 5 days


Business context
A profitable development of an oil or gas field starts with a good understanding of the subsurface, for which geophysical techniques are essential. During this course an overview is given of the geophysical methods deployed in the oil industry with main emphasis on the seismic reflection technique. Aspects of seismic data acquisition and processing will be treated, followed by interpretation and quantitative methods. Lectures are complemented by extensive exercises.


Who should attend
Petroleum engineers and geologists/geophysicists involved with exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs.


Content of the program

  • Summary of non-seismic method
  • Key elements of surveying
  • Introduction of wave propagation and seismic velocities and rock properties
  • Practical aspects of seismic acquisition
  • Overview of seismic pre-processing, statics, velocity analysis and migration
  • Well geophysics
  • Structural interpretation
  • Stratigraphic interpretation
  • Time to depth conversion
  • Quantitative interpretation, including hydrocarbon effects
  • Seismic artefacts
  • Uncertainties
  • New developments


Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course, participants will have gained basic insight into essential geophysical concepts. Exercises are aimed at reinforcing the acquired knowledge in a practical context. The major interpretation exercises are aimed at gaining insight into most geological environments. Extensive course notes will be handed out and used during the course. A suitable textbook can be handed out after consultation with customers.


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Facilities Engineering
By: Ir. B. van Rooijen, 5 days


Business context
This course focuses on the role of facilities engineers during the project initiation phase. In particular on the economic and technical appraisal of alternative possible project scenarios.
As a member of a multi-discipline team of subsurface and surface engineering disciplines, the Facilities Engineer's key role is to develop alternative facilities design concepts, identify the required resources, prepare screening cost estimates (Capex and Opex) and expenditure phasings based on initial project execution planning.


Who should attend
Facilities engineers, reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers well engineers involved in field development planning (FDP).


Content of the program

  • key planning steps in the project development process
  • the role of the facilities engineer therein
  • brainstorming alternative project scenarios and facility design concepts
  • identifying and quantifying hazards associated with each option
  • assessing technical feasibility
  • work breakdown structures and Cost Time Resources analysis
  • screening cost estimates (both CAPEX and OPEX)
  • project execution planning
  • initial contracting strategy
  • assessing economic viability; economic analysis techniques
  • risk assessment
  • profitability indicators: net present value, payout time, maximum exposure, earning power, unit technical cost, break even price, profitability index, sensitivities & spider diagrams
  • net-back calculation techniques
  • Case study


Learning Methods and tools
Using the subsurface development options and design concepts for well(s) as input, course participants learn to brainstorm possible project scenarios and to identify and quantify the hazards associated with each option.They will also learn by means of a case study to apply techniques to define and evaluate the alternative project scenarios and to rank these on their economic attractiveness.


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Reservoir Engineering (Basic)
By: M. Pinisetti, 5 days


Business Context
In the E&P business, integrated petroleum engineering studies and field development plans are management tools which are used to maximise economic production of hydrocarbons. In this course fundamental concepts and a broad spectrum of modern practical reservoir engineering methods are addressed. Extensive use is made of practical and actual field problems to illustrate relevant subjects.


Who should attend
Petroleum engineering team leaders, production- and reservoir engineers, petrophysicists and geologists involved with exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs.


Content of the program

  • Geometry of oil & gas accumulations
  • Reservoir rock properties
  • Distribution of hydrocarbon fluids
  • Hydrocarbon composition, properties and phase behaviour, gas reservoir engineering concepts.
  • PVT parameters, basic laboratory experiments, reservoir fluid sampling, formation water properties.
  • Pressure regimes, fluid gradients and contacts, capillary pressures, surface tension, wettability.
  • Hydrocarbons-in-place estimation, uncertainties,probabilistic methods.
  • Relative permeability, movable oil, mobility, drainage and imbibition.
  • Viscous flow, flow conditions.
  • Reservoir heterogeneity and sweep.
  • Recovery drive-energy, general material balance equation, recovery factors and production forecasts.
  • Radial differential fluid flow equation.
  • Introduction to analysis and interpretation of pressure tests: drawdown and build-up.
  • Skin: source and how to minimize it.


Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course participants will be able to understand the physics of oil and gas fields, apply reservoir engineering methods and appreciate the construction and use of reservoir models. They will have acquired the skills necessary for estimation of petroleum reserves, development planning and to assess uncertainties. Practical experience will be obtained in integrated field development work by addressing pertinent problems in study teams.


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Development Geology
By: P.E.M. Haalebos, 5 days


Business context
A profitable development of an oil or gas field starts with a good understanding of the subsurface. The development then continues with integrated field management in which geology plays an essential role. In this course the “development life cycle” from the gathering of geological data, the interpretation thereof, the preparation of geological models and the quantification of subsurface uncertainty are discussed. Attention is given to impact on field operations and on field management during its entire cycle. An additional two-day field excursion is optional.


Who should attend
Petroleum engineers and geologists involved with exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs.


Content of the program

  • Planning, gathering and management of geological data
  • Geological concepts, global tectonics
  • Geophysical methods, production seismic
  • Sequence stratigraphy, log correlation
  • Environments of deposition (clastic, carbonates)
  • Mapping of reservoir parameters and structure
  • Structural styles, trapping condition
  • Reservoir fluids, initial condition
  • Reservoir architecture, geological modeling
  • Oil and gas volumetric calculation
  • Subsurface uncertainty and risk analysis
  • Case histories
  • Vertical and horizontal well applications, operational geology
  • Field excursion (optional): illustration of clastic and carbonate sedimentary environments and structural geology in 3-D.


Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course participants will be able to apply geological concepts, construct maps and sections and validate computer-generated interpretations. They will be able to calculate subsurface volumes and assess their uncertainties, and review their impact on project economics. They will acquire practical experience by working on an actual field study in teams.


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(Sequence) Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
By: Dr. W.J.E. van de Graaff, 5 days


Business context
A good understanding of how depositional processes control the distribution of clastic reservoir and non-reservoir rocks in the subsurface is of fundamental importance to sound EP decision making. This applies throughout a field's life-cycle, all the way from the exploration phase, through appraisal, field development and finally field abandonment.


Who should attend
Petroleum geoscientists, petroleum engineers and members of integrated asset teams, who are responsible for defining and evaluating subsurface geological risks and uncertainties. The course targets EP professionals in the initial phase of their career.


Content of the program
Clastic depositional systems

  • Fluviatile systems & reservoir characteristics of fluviatile deposits, alluvial fans, braided rivers, meandering rivers and distributary rivers.
  • Deltaic systems & reservoir characteristics of deltaic deposits, river-dominated deltas, wave-dominated deltas, tide-dominated deltas.
  • Non-deltaic coastal systems & reservoir characteristics of coastal deposits, beach / barrier- bars and shelf sands.
  • Deepwater systems & reservoir characteristics of turbidite deposit, deepwater depositional processes, feeder channel deposits, fan deposits, basin-plain deposits and sea-floor topography as a control on deepwater sedimentation


Sequence stratigraphy

  • Fundamental concepts & terminology
  • Controls on sea level changes
  • Fluviatile, deltaic and turbidite systems in a sequence stratigraphic context


Fundamentals of clastic reservoir architecture and subsurface fluid flow


Learning methods and tools
The course uses a combination of lectures and paper exercises. The exercises are mostly built around correlation problems to highlight the importance of using sound sedimentological and stratigraphic concepts for building fit-for-purpose subsurface models.


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HSE Management in Operations
By: Ing. J. Kalff, 5-days


Business context
HSE Management in Operations is required in many areas not only as part of Corporate Objectives but also to meet the standards set by the legislators. HSE critical installations require a specific HSE case to demonstrate that all significant risks are managed. In general the EP Companies will have to give assurance to the legislator that hazards associated with the asset and its operation have been fully identified and are properly managed.
This course will address these requirements in detail to give the participants a good understanding of all the HSE issues in the Operational domain.


Who should attend
Staff with responsibilities in Operations, Maintenance, HSE, Engineering and overall Management (incl. Contractors).


Content of the program

  • HSE Management Systems, HSE Policy, objectives, responsibility and organisation.
  • HSE Critical Installations including HSE cases, Technical Integrity, HSE skills management, HSE performance monitoring and reporting.
  • Contractor HSE-MS, responsibilities, HSE requirements into contracts.
  • Hazard and Effect Identification related to Operations , Engineering and Design, Commissioning and Start up.
  • Workplace management to control the risks related to safety, occupational health, waste disposal, logistics (road transport)
  • Assurance Systems (Audits, Reviews, Inspections)
  • Special topics such as incident investigation, Safety Culture (intrinsic motivation), human factor engineering, HSE skills management.


Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course, participants will have gained an advanced insight into Operational HSE. Exercises shall aim at reinforcing the HSE awareness and acquired knowledge in practical tools and techniques.


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Basic Geochemistry for Explorationists
By C.M. Ekweozor, 5-days

Business Context
Correct assessment, prediction and correlation of source rocks and associated hydrocarbons of a given petroleum system make it easier to discover new oil and gas accumulations faster and at relatively lower costs. Although addressing principally the role of the geochemist as a competent member of basin analysis or prospect generation team, the course also gives insights on how applications of geochemical inputs add value to reservoir development and production strategies.


Who should attend
Geologists and geophysicists involved in basin analysis and prospects generation. E&P professionals, especially those at early stages of their career.


Content of the program

  • Overview of Formation, Expulsion, Migration,
    Accumulation & Alteration of Petroleum in the subsurface
  • The Petroleum System Approach
  • Evaluation of Organic Geochemical Analytical Data from Rocks and Oil
  • Characterization of Hydrocarbon Charge Systems
  • Construction of Geochemical Logs
  • Hydrocarbon-Generative Windows
  • Biomarker Technology
  • Rock/Rock, Rock/Oil and Oil/Oil Correlations
  • Paleoreconstructions by Biomarkers
  • Evaluation of Oil Migration Pathways
  • Gas Geochemistry


Learning methods and tools
The course will impart skills in presentation, evaluation, and interpretation of organic geochemical analytical data. Participants will learn how to map organic richness, oil/gas kitchens and migration pathways in a given lease/basin. Tuition shall be by lectures, case studies and exercises and will be geared towards development of practical competency. A comprehensive course manual will be given to each participant.


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Fundamentals of the Drilling Process

By: Herman van Elst, 5-days

Business Context
This course focuses on providing new personnel and personnel who are not directly involved in the drilling operation with a general knowledge of the drilling process and its equipment. The course covers all aspects of drilling, including drilling units design, drilling equipment, well design and well related problems. The objective is to educate participants in drilling and create awareness in the process.

Who should attend
New drilling personnel and engineers. Personnel who are only partially involved in the drilling operations. Petroleum engineers. Production, maintenance, logistics and materials staff, geologists and reservoir engineers.

Content of the program

Introduction to drilling

  • Drilling unit design, off and on-shore.
  • Conventional, mechanised units. New equipment.
  • Drilling process. Drilling. Completion. Abandonment.
  • Management. Responsibilities. Planning.
  • Well design, well planning.
  • Safety. Drilling risks. Training.
  • Onshore and offshore equipment.
  • Down-hole equipment.
  • Blow out prevention, equipment and defences.
  • Critical operations. Problem solving.
  • Project feasibility.
  • Drilling costs.
  • Contract structures.
  • Real problem cases / causes.


A multitude of short exercises to enhance understanding are part of the program.

Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course participants will have a basic knowledge and understanding of the drilling process and its equipment.
This knowledge and understanding will promote cooperation and interaction within the company, assisting in better operational performance.

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Structural Geology

By: Dr. D. Nieuwland, 5-days

Business Context
In structural or partly structural traps, the very structures that form the trap may also be responsible for less desirable reservoir properties such as compart-mentalization or water breakthrough. Oil or gas recovery from reservoirs may therefore be much affected by the structural nature of the field. The structural geology course provides the necessary skills to deal with complex structural geometries, with the kinematics of fault and fracture systems, with reservoir compartmentalization and reservoir- and trap integrity.

Who should attend
Petroleum engineers and geologists involved with exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs. Technical management in the oil and gas business and related government organizations

Content of the program

  • Introduction to geo-mechanics in order to better understand structural traps and seals, no mathematics involved.
  • The geometry and kinematics of fault systems in relation to tectonic environments such as, rifts, delta's, gravity tectonics, strike-slip, compression and inversion and salt tectonics. Natural fracture systems and their implications for reservoir behavior will also be treated.
  • Assessment of the potential sealing properties of faults in low-data situations (exploration).
An optional field trip can be part of the course. The lectures will then take four days, three days will be spent in the field with 'lectures on the rocks'.

Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course participants will be able to apply structural geological concepts, make structurally sound seismic interpretations. Sandbox models will be used to clarify the structures discussed during the course. Participants will receive a CD ROM with hundreds of sandbox model examples, seismic examples, fault analyses and trap geometries in relation to tectonic setting
They will be able to assess trap integrity and fault seal capacities and their uncertainties. They will acquire practical experience by working on actual seismic sections. Participants can bring their own seismic sections if they wish to do so and solve a current problem of their own during the course.


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Clastic Reservoir Characterization

By: Dr. E. Uitentuis, 5 days

Business Context
The main objective of a development team is to identify the scales of heterogeneity that will most likely affect the distribution of non-recovered mobile oil in their subsurface reservoirs. The clastic depositional environment is particularly complex, and many factors may cause a lower than expected recovery. Outcrops, cores, borehole images, logs, production tests, and reservoir level seismic can help provide detailed information about the architecture, the fluid flow behavior and the heterogeneities in a reservoir. This course aims at: i) understanding the sedimentological parameters defining reservoir architecture, ii) the use of tools to predict subsurface reservoir architecture and iii) the impact of heterogeneities on reservoir performance at different scales.

Who should attend
Geophysicists, geologists, petrophysicists and reservoir engineers involved in exploration and development of clastic oil reservoirs.

Content of the program

  • Depositional processes and deposits.
  • Principles in sequence stratigraphy.
  • Scales of sedimentary discontinuities in sand bodies.
  • Use and mapping of quantitative reservoir data.
  • Clastic Reservoir Architecture.
  • Geological features influencing hydrocarbon recovery.
  • Determination of reservoir architecture from seismic, logs, tests and cores.
  • Converting geological data into engineering models.
  • Sealing capacity of faults.
  • Influence of shale baffles on permeability.
  • Impact of cross-bedded sets on two-phase fluid flow (capillary-to-viscous forces realm).
  • Conventional procedures in up-scaling, use of geo-statistics.
  • Conventional reservoir modeling.

Learning methods and tools
The course is designed to provide the best possible interaction between lectures ( 20-30 minutes) and multidisciplinary team related exercises (4-5 persons per team). The course focuses on understanding the needs of the different parties that are involved in reservoir performance prediction. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to present their strategies in the development of a clastic oil reservoir.


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Applied Petrophysics (Basic)

By: Ir. J. van Baaren, 5-days

Business Context
In the E&P business, integrated petroleum engineering studies and field development plans are management tools which are used to maximise economic recovery of hydrocarbons. Petrophysical engineers fulfil a key role in analysing and interpreting subsurface reservoir data, which form the basis for reservoir models. Understanding the methods used in petrophysical analysis, and the related uncertainty of the results and hence the derived models is essential knowledge for all E&P technical staff.

Who should attend
Staff in the exploration and production department with no or limited petrophysical background: petroleum engineers, seismologists, petrophysical engineers, reservoir engineers, drilling engineers and geologists.

Content of the program

Subjects that are covered are fundamental petrophysical relations, tool principles, modern interpretation methods and core measurements. The importance of interaction between seismology, geology, well log analysis, reservoir engineering and other disciplines is emphasized and illustrated.
Depending on the petrophysical level of the participants more emphasis can be given to a number of subjects. For example for fundamentals all topics will be discussed in five days. If more detail is required emphasis could be given to more specialized topics. For example one day on the application of capillary pressure curves:

  • Principles, quality, editing and responses of the major Open Hole Logging Devices.
  • Fundamentals on: lithology including shale volume, porosity, permeability, hydrocarbon content using Archie, Simandoux, Indonesia, Waxman-Smits, Dual-Water and Capillary Pressure Curves, wireline formation testing.
  • Core Analysis Program for exploration and development wells.
  • Crossplots for Lithology, Porosity and oil/water/gas saturations.
  • Cutoff criteria to arrive at average reservoir properties.
  • Uncertainty analysis.

Learning methods and tools
Throughout the course work sessions will be held on Personal Computers with Excel spreadsheets. Each lecture of about 0.5 hour is followed by 0.5 hour of exercises. At the end of the 5 days a quick-look petrophysical evaluation of a typical well has been performed.


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Seismic Data Processing (Basic)

By: Dr. P. Gerritsma, 5-days

Business Context
During the last decade seismic has become the key tool to exploration and development success. With the advance of computer technology, processing has increasingly helped to acquire a competitive edge. There are various ways to acquire seismic data and a variety of objectives for which the data can be used. Hence there is no standard procedure in seismic data processing. There is also a drive to extract more and more from the data and therefore scope for reprocessing. This course gives an overview of the steps that are common in seismic data processing and discusses for each step the variety of alternative implementations together with their inherent assumptions and strengths and weaknesses. This course should enable participants to assess the impact of different processing methods with respect to the stated objectives.

Who should attend
Geophysicists -acquisition, processing and interpretation- who are actively involved in seismic processing and/or liaise with seismic processing contractors. Geophysicists who are involved in special studies and should have a thorough understanding of conventional processing.

Content of the program

The following steps in seismic processing will be discussed:

  • Static corrections
  • Velocity analysis
  • Deconvolution: stochastic and deterministic
  • Signal-to-noise enhancement techniques
  • Multiple elimination
  • Stacking processes
  • Dmo (dip move-out)
  • Migration: time and depth
  • Velocity modeling.

Learning methods and tools
At the end of the course the participants will have obtained a thorough understanding and appreciation of the many alternative processing approaches that are commonly applied. They can act as processing geophysicist and/or liaise with the seismic processing contractor; they will be able to assess the implications of each particular processing route.
The course includes theory, exercises and examples from both synthetic and real data; a handout that covers all course material will be made available.


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