Well Engineering and Production > Production Engineering & Operations - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This 5-half day virtual instructor led training (VILT) course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding on the fundamentals of production engineering and production operations. It analyses the production components from reservoir to surface, the well, the completion equipment and the surface production facilities, as parts of integrated production systems, targeting optimal production.

The course reviews historical production practices and highlights current technological advances in the area of well completion and well production management. Topics include well completion and well configurations and well performance, well testing, artificial lift, 2-phase and 3-phase separation, emulsion and water treatment, and storage and transportation (pipeline). Participants will also learn maintenance, safety and environmental issues related to production.

After the completion of this VILT course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic well completion
  • Recognize the fundamentals of artificial lift design and operations
  • Recall and discuss hydrocarbon exploitation considerations for well productivity and completion design
  • Examine the layout of production equipment
  • Describe the main parameters that influences Well Performance and Productivity
  • Define the factors that influence the selection and design of the completion string and components
  • Investigate surface production problems (separators, treaters, and pipeline design and selection)
  • Explore fundamentals of fluid flow in the tubing
  • Distinguish fluid flow measurement techniques and procedures

This VILT course is intended for those seek a comprehensive understanding of Production Engineering and Operations and wish to enhance their current job effectiveness in the field. Geologist, Petroleum Engineers and Operations, Drilling, Well Services Engineers, Reservoir Engineers and other technical staff who are looking start or collaborate with other engineers in production or operations will find this course useful in their assignments.

  • Basic or Foundation

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day. The VILT course is presented in an interactive workshop format that allows discussion. The course will be delivered through analysis of case studies and running example problems. Course Duration: 20 hours in total.

Your expert course leader is an independent trainer and consultant in research services based in Greece. In his career of over 30 years in the upstream Oil & Gas industry, he has taught several training courses and performed research in various areas including Drilling and Fluid Rheology. He worked in Schlumberger for 9 years, from 1986 to 1994, in several locations in the United States, France and England, addressing drilling engineering, drilling fluid issues, surface logging, kick control, cementing operations and drilling hydraulics. He also served as the Department Chair and Professor of Petroleum Engineering Department at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, between January 2017 and December 2018. During August 2012 to August 2015, he was a Professor at the Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMUQ), where he served as Program Chair in 2012-2014, while between August 2015 and December 2018 he was Adjunct Professor at TAMUQ. From March 2000 to August 2012, he was a Professor of Drilling Engineering in the Mineral Resources Engineering School of Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2019-2020.

He has taught many industry courses from basic, intermediate to advanced levels, on Drilling and Completions, Drilling Engineering, Drilling Fluids, Advanced Deepwater Drilling, Petroleum Engineering for non-Engineers, Basic Petroleum Engineering, Production Engineering, Production Operations, Surface Production Facilities.

He is also involved in research on Drilling Fluids and Drilling Fluid Development, using Nanoparticles, Development of Additives, Cuttings Transport, Drilling Hydraulics, Cementing and Drilling Engineering, Fluid Mechanics and Multiphase Flows, Fluid Rheology, Formation Damage by drilling fluids, Optimization of Drilling Process studying rock-bit interaction, and Elastic and Self-healing cement formulation. His research activities also cover flow of multiphase fluids in porous media for Enhanced Oil Recovery studies, rock typing and understanding rock petrophysical properties, interaction of rock surfaces with formation fluids and mud filtrates.

He has also developed his own software, the drilling predictive simulator called PAYZONE. It is a PC based simulator which is a predictive tool to optimize the drilling process using field data by adjusting the simulator and allowing optimization of the drilling process in future drilling campaigns. SPE 172793 paper presents the drilling predictive simulator (MEOS 2015); while SPE 156348 paper addresses simulation of Casing Drilling data. He is the co-author of Chapter 5 – Drilling Hydraulics, in ‘Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering, 2011’ edited by R.F. Mitchell and S.Z. Miska, in SPE Textbook Series. He has over 110 publications in refereed journals and conferences, and more than 3300 citations, with a Google Scholar h-index of 32 and a Scopus h-index of 27, while his Field Weighted Citation Impact is 2.53. He served as Associate Editor in SPE Drilling and Completion Journal between August 2016 – August 2019.

He has a PhD from University of Houston, a M.Sc. from Oregon State University and a Diploma from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, all in Chemical Engineering.


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