2 Apr, 2013

350,000 Course Participants to Date...and Counting

In the 50 years since our founding, PetroSkills has helped more than 350,000 technical professionals in the oil & gas industries increase their skills and develop their competencies...

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18 Mar, 2013

Engineering, Art and the Value of Learning

After devoting 39 years to drilling operations and research for Exxon – and then another 20 years consulting and teaching drilling for OGCI/PetroSkills – you’d think I’d be ready for something else. But to me, drilling seems as fascinating today as was the day I visited my first drilling rig...

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4 Mar, 2013

NEWS: SPIE Oil & Gas Services and PetroSkills LLC Sign Joint Development Agreement

PARIS (4 March, 2013) – This agreement will allow SPIE Oil & Gas Services to enhance its worldwide competency development programs.

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25 Feb, 2013

Refreshing courses 20% each year – to stay 100% relevant.

As the technical training manager for Mobil Oil, I hired world authorities on many subjects to teach our employees. Over the years, as we monitored course evaluations, I learned that it takes more than just a world class reputation to provide a valuable learning experience. Unless you refresh the content of a course regularly, it will go stale very quickly – regardless of who’s teaching it. As technology advances, the course has to keep up to remain relevant.

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15 Feb, 2013

Earning Versus Learning

Drilling and development decisions often involve high levels of uncertainty about various geologic parameters. The industry has become adept at addressing these uncertainties in prioritizing drilling decisions based on expected monetary values (the “Earning” part). Early wells are typically those with high expected monetary values, ideally some combination of lower cost, higher success value, and higher chance of success. What is often overlooked, however, is the value of the information learned for properly sequencing the wells (the “Learning” part).

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