To provide nontechnical support personnel an overview of the exploration/production process. To arm them with the terminology associated with these procedures and practices that will increase their understanding of the process and facilitate communication between them and the engineers and geologists they work with.Download theBasic Petroleum Geology for the Non-Geologist brochure for additional registration options.

Upcoming Sessions

May 10-12, 2016 – Houston, TX
August 30 -Sept 1, 2016 – Denver, CO
November 15-17, 2016 – Houston, TX

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In-Company Training

Many courses offered by CESE are also available on-site. In-company training simplifies scheduling, ensuring more of your employees will be able to attend and learn.

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John Farina , Mark Klins


Non-technical personnel working with and supporting engineers and geologists in the exploration/production process, such as geotechs, engineering assistants, landmen, technical clerks, etc. Plus, anyone needing, or wanting, an overview of petroleum engineering will find this seminar beneficial.

During this three-day seminar, you will walk away knowing. . .

  • The basic processes in the formation of rocks and petroleum.
  • The occurrence, distribution, and nature of oil and gas.
  • The use of geological and seismic data in petroleum exploration.
  • How to explore for oil and gas.
  • how to drill and complete a well.
  • how to qualitatively interpret well logs.
  • How to produce petroleum and calculate reserves.
  • Here are just a few of the Course Benefits:

Program Highlights

  • Current case studies and examples will be given.
  • Class exercises reinforce the lectures
  • Material is illustrated with field examples
  • This is a great follow-up to the Basic Petroleum Geology For The Non-Geologist seminar, instructed by Dr. Norm Hyne.

Course Summary

  • Introduction and quick review of geology behind the process.
  • “Oil Well” video illustrating basic drilling and completion, as well as a blow-out.
  • Overview of on-shore drilling rigs: Design considerations, pros and cons of different systems.
  • Overview of Off-shore rigs: Submersibles, Floating platforms, Barges, Jack-up.
  • Directional Drilling Tools and Techniques: Identification of conditions requiring a directional well, horizontal well productivity, and pros and cons.
  • Well Completions: Completion methods – open-hole, perforating, wire-wrap; discussion of oil well production equipment – casing, tubing, review of cementing practices and procedures. Radial flow.
  • Reservoir Stimulation: Acidizing; Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Reservoir Drive Mechanisms: Dissolved gas, Gas cap, Water and combo drives; Discussion of the impact of different drives on oil and gas production.
  • Improved Recovery Techniques: Waterflooding; Artificial lift options – gas lift, sucker rod pumps and electrical submersible pumps.
  • Handling Sub-Surface Fluids: Removing water; separating liquid and gas; storing the crude oil.
  • Well Log Analysis: SP and GR Logs; shaliness; porosity measurement – equation calculation; density logs/sonic logs; determining saturation.


  • Accreditation: 1.95 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
  • 19.5 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
  • It has been applied for American Association of Professional Landmen RLP and CPL Hours, Continuing Legal Education Hours, and CPE Hours in many states.

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