Production TechNology For Other Discipline - PTO - Virtual

DISCIPLINE: Production and Completions Engineering

LEVEL: Foundation

DURATION: 12 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 59 hours self-paced work

Mr. Paul M. Barry
Mr. Manickavasakan Nadar
Mr. Gerry H. Ross
Mr. P. Kyle Travis

This workshop will be delivered virtually through PetroAcademy™ providing participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. PetroAcademy™ FAQ


23 July - 19 October 2018 View Schedule   ENROLL NOW  
27 August - 7 December 2018 View Schedule   ENROLL NOW  



Production Technology for Other Disciplines is an asset team blended course as it introduces a broad array of important daily Production Technology practices to team members. Terminologies, expressions, axioms, and basic calculations regularly utilized by Production Techs are covered throughout the course. Emphasis is upon proven technology required to effectively develop and operate an asset in a multidiscipline development environment. Practical application of technology is emphasized. Both theory and actual field examples and well completion programs are studied along with class problems, exercises, and videos. Nodal analysis examples to assess well performance are set up. Well completion equipment and tools are viewed and discussed. Participants work several exercises such as basic artificial lift designs, acidizing programs, gravel pack designs, and fracturing programs. Shale gas and oil development challenges are thoroughly explained. Horizontal and multilateral technology is presented. Case Studies illustrate the multi-discipline interaction required in applying various production technologies to optimize project development and operations.



Exploration and production technical professionals, asset team members, team leaders, line managers, IT department staff who work with data and support production applications, data technicians, executive management, and all support staff who require a more extensive knowledge of production tehnology and engineering.



This module addresses the concept of Production Technology and the production technologists who define and implement the details of managing a hydrocarbon asset.


Production Technologists (PTs) are subject matter experts (SMEs) across all oilfield disciplines who contribute both formally and semi-formally throughout an asset's life. Their team work and focus continually brings both proven oilfield practices as well as prototype emerging and new technology to fruition in a hydrocarbon exploitation development.


This module develops the context of what PTs do, how they interact, how they function in leadership roles, and presents many types of production technology applications that are envisioned, initiated, developed in detail, implemented, and managed.

In this module you will learn about well function, onshore and offshore drilling, drilling programs, drilling rig components, and drilling systems; including drilling, rotating, fluid, and blowout prevention systems. You will also learn about casing and cementing, wellhead installation, types of well completions, formation damage, well perforation, sand control strategies, and well stimulation.

You Will Learn:

  • Effects of depositional environment and the rock cycle in the formation of hydrocarbon accumulations
  • Reservoir engineering principles that guide optimum conventional and unconventional reservoir development
  • The important characteristics of oilfield Inflow and Outflow and their related mathematical flow equations and applied principles required for system modeling
  • Why a well flows on natural flow and the eventual requirement for artificial lift to maximize overall recovery as reservoir depletion occurs and reservoir energy diminishes
  • Special considerations for tubing regarding erosional velocity and critical flow conditions

This module explains the key principles in analyzing well performance parameters of any production (or injection) well using the principles and practices of NODAL™ analysis, also referenced as system analysis. Inflow and outflow equations are developed, multiphase hydraulics are reviewed, the building blocks of NODAL™ analysis are expanded, and several exercises are worked.

This module will specifically describe the engineering design and operational requirements of Rod Pump, Progressing Cavity Pump (PCP), Jet Pump, and Plunger Lift well completions types. How to evaluate reservoir and well conditions to choose the appropriate artificial lift system for each set of conditions is also covered.

This module focuses upon the three main components of a rod pump well completion, namely, the surface unit, the rod string, and the downhole pump. Each component is examined and investigated to define the rod pump completion loading parameters. Related rod pump design considerations necessary for optimizing rod pump design and operation are presented.

This module describes when best to use gas lift, run inflow performance analysis sensitivity cases, and select optimum tubing size to achieve production rate targets in wells in conventional and unconventional resources plays. It describes the gas lift theory, equipment and covers the best practices of gas lift design, surveillance and optimization.

This module describes when best to use gas lift, run inflow performance analysis sensitivity cases, and select optimum tubing size to achieve production rate targets in wells in conventional and unconventional resources plays. It describes the gas lift theory, equipment and covers the best practices of gas lift design, surveillance and optimization.

This module explains how to conduct inflow performance analysis, and select the appropriate electrical submersible pump (ESP) configuration to achieve production rate targets in wells in conventional and unconventional resources plays, and document equipment failure data when required.

Unexpected loss of production following initial completion or a well intervention job is not always due to the same set of circumstances. Topics covered include: the basic causes of oilfield formation damage and how they are recognized; the concept of “True Formation Damage” and the principles of formation remediation; how “pseudo” damage and differs from True Formation Damage; limestone matrix acidizing; and sandstone matrix acidizing.

This module illustrates the tools and processes for establishing communication between a well and the productive formation(s) accessed by the well. The evolution of shaped charges is presented and the means for delivering perforating charges into a well using various gun configurations is illustrated. The importance of understanding charge performance to select the appropriate charge for a particular set of well conditions is discussed.

This module illustrates various causes of sand production and its related effect upon producing systems. Alternatives that range from simply tolerating minimal sand production volumes to complex downhole and surface equipment and practices to mitigate the negative effects of sand production are presented. Basic gravel pack design is discussed and a design problem is presented. Expandable sand screens are illustrated.

The hydraulic fracturing core module covers basic rock mechanics, stimulation design considerations, and optimum fracture length at the core level. It covers both fracture acidizing and propped hydraulic stimulations. It reviews propped hydraulic fracturing for both the conventional sandstone reservoirs and unconventional shale reservoirs and explains why the techniques are different.

This module describes the causes and effects of most common well problems and remediation approaches. Topics include: field collected data; conventional and unconventional resources plays; drill stem and production tests; validating collected data; pressure buildup analysis; the effect of pressure on fluid flow, Inflow Performance Relationship analysis principles, and the best tubing correlations when modeling vertical and horizontal wells; and the importance of applying and complying with all requirements to ensure integrity throughout life cycle of a well.

This module addresses selected applications which may be put into practice in designing and operating a hydrocarbon asset. Both conventional limestone and sandstone reservoir examples and situations as well as unconventional shale oil and gas reservoirs and various real world applications are presented for discussion. Among various technologies presented are an overview of subsea development, well completion equipment, smart wells and smart field know-how and hardware and software, expandable tubulars, swellable elastomers, produced water shut off chemistry, surveillance practices, and other contemporary production technology advancements regularly utilized in contemporary developments throughout the oilfield.


This program is comprised of the following activities:

= Virtual Instructor-led Training
= Online Learning Activity/Reading
Week Activity Hours (Approx) Subject Option1 Option 2
Week 1
1.0  Orientation Webcast On Demand On Demand
  Online 2.0 The Role of Production Technology    
Week 2 Online 3.0 Drilling Operations and Well Completions    
  Online 5.0 Production Principles    
Week 3 1.5 Well Performance and NODAL Analysis Fundamentals - Session 1 13 November, 08:00 14 November 19:00
  Online 7.0 Well Performance and NODAL Analysis Fundamentals    
  1.5 Well Performance and NODAL Analysis Fundamentals - Session 2 15 November, 08:00 16 November, 19:00
Week 4 Online 5.0 Rod, PCP, Plunger Lift, and Jet Pump    
Week 5 1.5 Reciprocating Rod Pump Fundamentals - Session 1 27 November, 08:00 28 November, 19:00
  Online 5.0 Reciprocating Rod Pump Fundamentals    
  1.5 Reciprocating Rod Pump Fundamentals - Session 2 29 November, 08:00 30 November, 19:00
Week 6 Online 4.0 Gas Lift and ESP pump    
  1.5 ESP Fundamentals - Session 1 5 December, 01:00 5 December, 10:00
  Online 3.0 ESP Fundamentals    
  1.5 ESP Fundamentals - Session 2 8 December, 01:00 8 December, 10:00
Week 7 2.0 Gas Lift Fundamentals - Session 1 11 December, 08:00 12 December, 01:00
  Online 3.0 Gas Lift Fundamentals    
  2.0 Gas Lift Fundamentals - Session 2 13 December, 08:00 14 December, 01:00
Week 8 Online 3.0 Formation Damage and Matrix Stimulation    
  Online 3.0 Perforating    
Week 9 Online 3.0 Sand Control    
  Online 4.0 Hydraulic Fracturing (Conventional and Unconventional    
Week 10 Online 3.0 Production Problem Diagnosis and Intervention Planning    
  Online 5.0 Production Technology Applications    




Participant Testimonials

The Format was flexible so travel was unnecessary. Also it was extended over time so the skills learned in one day were able to be implemented over the next few days in the real world, as well as problems before having to learn something new or ask the instructor. Gave time for real 1 on 1 teaching.” -Nick (Production Engineer, Spain)

I liked that the course was segmented into 3 hour classes over the course of a couple of weeks… This helped keep me engaged and also gave me time to digest and apply the concepts once the class was finished. The instructor made the course very hands-on as well by actually working a variety of problems in the software which really helped to apply the information learned in class. Most classes I have taken are very PowerPoint driven, but this was focused on learning and actually applying the topics.– Matthew (Field Engineer, USA)