Reservoir Engineering > Integrated Field Development Planning for Offshore Fields – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course is designed with the aim of showing the degree of integration necessary in developing an offshore petroleum discovery, from field appraisal to development. The 5 half-day VILT course gives a comprehensive account of the methodology, processes and techniques utilised in developing an offshore oil or gas discovery.

Technically, integration of expected reservoir behavior, well planning and design, and facilities concepts and selection are exemplified through detailed case histories, group discussions and exercises. Commercial aspects related to overall project evaluation are also covered.

  • Course participants will obtain a comprehensive understanding of key aspects of offshore field development, from appraisal through to development planning and leading up to sanction.
  • The VILT course covers the three key elements: reservoirs, wells and facilities, and covers the integration of these with commercial aspects, and the required management aspects, including uncertainty and risk.

This VILT course is designed for project managers, field development and planning engineers, asset managers, petroleum engineers, reservoir engineers as well as field geoscientists and managers who have an interest in or are involved in field development feasibility and planning. In particular, this VILT course would be of interest to managers leading multidisciplinary and diverse functional teams.

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The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

Trainer 1:

Your first expert course leader is a specialist in reservoir engineering, field development planning and petroleum management. Having worked for over 40 years in the petroleum industry, his most recent full-time position was Chief Operating Officer and Project Director for AED Oil and East Puffin (2007-09) for the Puffin offshore development, Timor Sea.

Prior to his academic career (2001-2006), commencing in 2001 as head of the new School of Petroleum Engineering and Management at the UA, he worked for 16 years for BHP Petroleum (now BHP Billiton), most recently as Chief Reservoir Engineer for their worldwide operations. Other positions with BHP Billiton involved mainly technical and project management, and general management positions, including member of the BHP Board. He was project manager (feasibility) for two FPSO projects, the Skua and Griffin area fields, offshore Australia. He was also the Technical Manager for the Dai Hung project, offshore Vietnam where first oil was achieved in just 18 months from sanction. Before that time, he worked for Shell International (8 years) in the Netherlands, including two years as Senior Lecturer Reservoir Engineering at Shell’s training centre and in Australia, seconded to Woodside Energy, with a key role in Australia’s largest capital project (at the time), the Northwest Shelf Gas development. He started his career in Calgary, Canada, first with Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas and subsequently with the US consulting company, Scientific Software Corporation.

He holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of British Columbia and a MS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University. He has been an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including Director for the Asia-Pacific region (1996-98) and as a member of the Board. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 2001-02 and a PESA Distinguished Lecturer during 2002. He has lectured at many institutions and was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 2000. He has published over 50 papers on both technical and managerial topics.

His professional interests are in optimal planning and project management of offshore petroleum discoveries. His primary research interests are in the area of special core analysis and the development of predictive models for reservoir characterisation.

Trainer 2:

Your other course leader is currently an independent consultant and trainer after 37 years in the upstream petroleum industry. His previous roles included Chief Geologist for GALP Energy, Consultant/ Head of Exploration for Qatar Petroleum, Technical/ Asset Manager for SASOL, and various technical and technical management roles in BHP Billiton Petroleum and Chevron.

He managed/ executed many projects in diverse locations: West Grimes gas field development – California; Port Arguello heavy oil development – offshore California; exploration & development projects – Nigeria; Tengiz field early development, Korolev appraisal – Kazakhstan; Nkossa field development, Moho/ Bilondo exploration – offshore Congo; PNG divestment, Bayu-Undan LNG development – Australia; Ohanet acquisition, appraisal & development – Algeria; Pande development, Pande/ Temane gas plant expansion & near field exploration – Mozambique; Pre-Khuff (HP/HT) exploration, multiple blocks & operators – Qatar; Coral/ Mamba appraisal – Mozambique; Blocks 14/32 exploration & development – Angola; exploration & appraisal – onshore & offshore Brazil.

He has an MSc in Geophysics from Stanford, an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California, and a BSc in Geology (Honors) from Western Illinois University. He is a member of SEG, AAPG, SPE, PESGB, and PESA and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute (UK).

His professional interests centre around deploying this extensive and international experience base to add value to future projects via training and consultancy, and to provide the leadership needed to execute, deliver, and ensure profitability of new projects.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

Thank you very much to the team including trainers and petroEDGE staff for facilitating this training. We gained a lot knowledge from the trainers and we believe that it will be very useful in our actual projects by applying this knowledge. Overall, this is a very good training

Officer (Capability Development), PTTEP

Overall, the VILT course was good and it contained multi-dimensional knowledge which was useful for me

Engineer (Process), Pakistan International Oil Limited

Thank you for all the effort that went into this VILT course. This VILT course was great

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Staff of Field Development Study, SKK Migas

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