Reservoir Engineering > Offshore Production Facilities Design & Selection Criteria for Field Development - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This 5-day Virtual Instructor Led Training is designed with the aim of identifying optimum offshore facilities in field development. Depending on a number of criteria, in addition to cost and schedule, the four key criteria are – water depth, reserves, number of wells and distance to infrastructure.

The VILT discusses the basis of design and sea-state conditions and various marine aspects are considered in optimally selecting facilities. All types of facilities are addressed including fixed structures, mobile units and subsea systems, including deepwater. In addition to marine aspects, topsides or process aspects are also covered. Commercial aspects related to the overall project evaluation are also discussed.

The course gives a comprehensive account of various facility types and their optimal use in various field situations and environmental conditions.


By the end of this VILT, participants will:

  • obtain a comprehensive understanding of the types of offshore facilities and their key characteristics
  • understand key selection criteria of offshore assets for specific field development projects  and related project management challenges

The VILT deals with offshore facilities from a basic to intermediate level.

It is well suited for facilities engineers, asset managers, field development engineers, subsurface engineers and offshore project manager involved in offshore field development.

Your expert course leader is a consultant and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide (UA), specialising in reservoir engineering, field development planning and petroleum management. He also teaches at the University of Western Australia, Curtain University and at HoChiMinh University of Technology.

He has worked for 40 years in the petroleum industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Project Director for AED Oil and East Puffin (2007-09) for the Puffin offshore development, Timor Sea.

Prior to his current role as head of the new School of Petroleum Engineering and Management at the UA, he worked for 16 years for BHP Billiton, most recently as Chief Engineer for their worldwide petroleum operations, including R&D coordinator. Other positions with BHP Billiton involved mainly technical and project management, and general management positions, including member of the BHP Petroleum Board. He was project manager (feasibility) for two FPSO projects, the Skua and Griffin Area fields, offshore Australia. He was also 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 at Shell’s training centre and in Australia, seconded to Woodside Energy, involved 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 then with the US consulting company Scientific Software Corporation.

Your expert course leader 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 40 papers on both technical and managerial topics.  His professional interests are in optimal planning and project management of offshore petroleum discoveries. His primary research interest are in the area of special core analysis and the development of predictive models for reservoir characterisation.

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 PetroEdge training courses

Excellent course for management to get an overview of oil field development from exploration to production. It's an eye-opener on what to look for in an otherwise risky venture.

Vice President & Chief Corporate Officer, Barakah Offshore Petroleum