About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Time is money in all industries. For the Oil & Gas industry, this is no exception and the ability to maximise return on investment is all related to where the Oil is and how easily and quickly we can get that product to the customer. Whether in a technical, managerial or supporting role, you are a valuable asset in ensuring that project delivery targets are met and profits are realised. As Petroleum Engineering (PE) activities continue to increase, professionals like you must grasp the language and technology of PE operations in order to maximise expenditures throughout the producing life of a well.

Petroleum Engineering equipment and procedures have a unique language that must be conquered for maximum benefit. Clear and understandable explanations of rig equipment, completion equipment, operations procedures, and their complex interactions provide an excellent foundation for smooth communication and increased efficiency in inter-department project team efforts. A confident understanding of the technical jargon and a visual appreciation of the various pieces of equipment used provides for an overall “big picture” of the industry value chain. This serves as an excellent foundation for smooth communication and increased efficiency in inter-department project team efforts.

Best Feature of the VILT:

  1. The instructions and the videos were excellent.
  2. Being able to have the instructor see my work and provide real-time feedback.
  3. I enjoyed and appreciated the trainer’s presentation style. He is knowledgeable and entertaining, and he stayed on track with the course material (i.e ., did not go off onto unrelated tangents).
  4. How we were able to interact in small groups. Liked the online quizzes!
  5. Variety of video/presentation/discussion/quizzes.

By the end of this VILT course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the role of Petroleum Engineering and its interaction between other departments
  • Describe terms used in the Oil & Gas industry such as Surface/Subsurface, Upstream, Midstream and Downstream
  • Describe the Appraisal of Oil & Gas Discoveries, the Cost Estimations, Economics & Reserves
  • Explain what is the Formation, how do we connect to it, and how do we ensure best value
  • Describe how to construct a well, select the equipment & methods, understand the duration that the well is required to perform for

This VILT course will benefit those in geology, reservoir engineering, equipment and maintenance, and non-petroleum engineering technical professionals as well as forward-looking executives in the following fields who are interested to enhance their knowledge and awareness of the drilling process for increased productivity and contribution to the team that they’re supporting:

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Business Development
  • Commercial
  • E & P IT
  • Estimation & Proposal
  • Finance & Administration
  • Finance
  • HSE
  • General Management
  • Joint Ventures
  • Legal
  • Logistics
  • Materials Planning
  • Planning & Budgeting
  • Procurement
  • Sourcing
  • Supply Chain
  • Tender Contract
  • Training
  • Drilling Fluids

Gordon Duncan has over 40 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. During that time, he has worked exclusively in well intervention and completions. After a number of years working for intervention service companies (completions, slickline & workovers), he joined Shell as a well service supervisor. He was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of all well intervention work on Shell’s Persian/Arabian Gulf platforms. This included completion running, coil tubing, e-line, slickline, hydraulic workovers, well testing and stimulation operations. An office-based role as a senior well engineer followed.

He was responsible for planning, programming and organising of all the well engineering and intervention work on a number of fields in the Middle East. He had a brief spell as a Site Representative for Santos in Australia before joining Petro-Canada as Completions Superintendent in Syria, then moved to Australia as Completions Operations Superintendent for Santos, before returning to Shell as Field Supervisor Completions and Well Interventions in Iraq where he carried out the first ever formal abandonment of a well in the Majnoon Field. While working on rotation, Gordon regularly taught Completion Practices, Well Intervention, Well Integrity and Reporting & Planning courses all over the world. In 2014, he started to focus 100% on training and became the Technical Director for PetroEDGE.

Since commencing delivering training courses in 2008, Gordon has taught over 300 courses in 31 cities in 16 countries to in excess of 3,500 participants.

Learn what past participants have said about PetroEdge training courses

Great instructor. Thanks very much. Looking forward to the next training course.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

The trainer is a great instructor! I'm actually not an Engineer but this course gave me some needed insight into the world of oil engineering.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

Experienced and vast knowledge instructor.

Senior Well Intervention Engineer, PETRONAS Carigali

The trainer is an excellent trainer. He was successful in transferring knowledge to all the participants. He communicated very effectively with the participants and has shared many of his experiences related to this training. It was a great experience for me.

Well Integrity Engineer, BP Indonesia

The presentation was good. The trainer has tremendous experience in Well Integrity completion and Well intervention and these are beneficial for us to gain more knowledge and experience.

Well Integrity Engineer, BP Indonesia

Good job! The trainer knows his subject very well!

Weatherford Middle East

Good job!

Physical Scientist, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Good job by the instructor and mediator. I highly recommend this course!

Physical Scientist, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Great course with an excellent trainer!

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

I've known the trainer for several years and have attended numerous classes with him. As always he's a fantastic instructor and communicates the course objectives well. Great job!

Inspector, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The utilization of technology (Virtual Platform, Simulation Exercises & Interactive simulation whiteboards ) improved the learning experience when compared to old school white boards/poster boards.

Senior Preparedness Analyst, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.