From Rocks to Drill Bits: The Essentials of the Oil Field

This course introduces the language, tools and techniques used by geologists and geophysicists in oil and gas exploration and production.  It is a presentation of technical material in a non-technical manner.  Each person who enrolls on the on-line class will be sent a Rock and Mineral Kit, along with a Rig Chart/Poster.  Upon completion of the course, each participant will also be sent a certificate.

    Participants will learn:

  • Where oil comes from:  source rocks vs. reservoir rocks and geologic time.
  • How sedimentary rocks form, deform and trap oil
  • The source of hydrocarbons in terms of organic matter, hydrocarbon composition, crude oils and natural gas.
  • How geologists map the subsurface.
  • Seismic sources, receivers, and applications of the data.
  • Mineral rights and leases, setting surface damages, gyros and locks, and how to start to turn to the right.
  • The basics of how to drill the well:  rigs and contractors, rotary rigs, how to make a connection.
  • When thins don’t go perfect:  finishing and pressure.
  • Methods of evaluating the well while drilling:  mud logging, coring rocks from the well, wireline logging.
  • What is involved in completing a well:  setting the pipe, cement and completions.
  • How we’ve gone from conventional to unconventional:  resource plays, geochemistry.
  • Why and how to drill horizontal wells:  drilling terms, horizontal drilling plans, and geo-steering.
  • What is involved in completing horizontal wells:  completion terms, why frac, how the US and the world has changed.
  • Production:  pumping money out of the ground, artificial lift, downstream, and gas marketing.

Prerequisites:   None
Advanced Preparation:   None
Program Level:   Beginner

Who Should Attend: Any non-technical employee working or interested in the Oil and Gas Industry.  This includes accountants, managers, attorneys, administrative support, human resources personnel, landmen, computer programmers, draftsmen, engineers and geophysicists without geological training.

Delivery Method: On-Line.  In total, the course has about 14 hours of recorded lecture and videos to watch that reinforce the material.  In addition, there are 6 quizzes of 10 questions each that are inserted throughout the course.

To register for the course, or to take a sneak peek of the course with a demo login and password, contact Susan Gates at susan-gates@utulsa.edu by calling 918-631-3150.

In order to be awarded the full credit hours, you must complete all chapters and quizzes.

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Participants will earn 14 PDH credits, and 1.4 CEU credits

Field of Study: Oil and Gas Overview

Refunds and Cancellations: No refunds will be granted once the course has been paid for and the login information has been sent to the participant(s).  For more information regarding refund, complaint, and/or program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at 918-631-3150.