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This course is designed to fill the gaps in knowledge of technical professionals with description of oil and gas production from well completion to design of pipelines for transportation.

Course Outline
After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Complete processes including perforation to prepare well for production
  • Compare/contrast the different artificial lift devices
  • Estimate reservoir pressure, permeability and skin factor using pressure built-up test
  • Enhance productivity or injectivity by understanding of well stimulation techniques
  • Discuss separation theory concept and selection criteria for separators
  • Design two phase separators for a required application
  • Develop an understanding of oil, gas and water treating systems including gas dehydration
  • Explain the importance of flow measurement devices and their respective advantages and limitations
  • Design pipelines for hydrocarbon fluid flow

Not all petroleum engineers have a comprehensive understanding of all operations and processes of the industry. This course is designed to fill the gaps in knowledge of technical professionals with description of oil and gas production from well completion to design of pipelines for transportation.  It introduces well completion techniques and hardware, fracturing and acidizing, artificial lift mechanisms, reservoir engineering concepts and well testing. It provides a comprehensive understanding of surface facilities design including well site equipment, separator design, oil, gas and water treating systems including gas dehydration, production measurement and pipeline design for transportation. Several numerical examples are solved in the classroom to help you understand the concepts.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for managers, engineers, technologists and operational personnel involved in the petroleum industry.  It is ideally suited to production engineers, operations engineers, facilities engineers, project engineers,  reservoir engineers, plant and piping engineers, and consulting engineers involved in the oil and gas industry.  It is intended to refresh and upgrade skills of technical professionals of all experience levels.


To provide technical professionals with an overview of oil and gas production from well completion to design of pipelines for transportation.
Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Methods

Production System Configuration

1. Well Completion

  • Basic reservoir and well completion concepts such as porosity, permeability and viscosity etc.
  • What is "well completion"
  • Various well completion methods and their selection criteria
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various completion methods
  • Purpose of casing, tubing, packers, subsurface safety valve, wellhead, choke and other hardware in a well
2. Artificial Lift
  • The need for artificial lift
  • Various types of artificial lift methods
Day II

Well Testing

3. Well Testing and Pressure Built-up test

  • Pressure build test procedure
  • Use of well test data to plot pressure buildup graph
  • How to use pressure buildup test data to calculate various reservoir factors
  • Differentiate between ideal and actual pressure buildup test
4. Well Stimulation
  • Well stimulation techniques
  • The purpose of well fracturing
  • Fracturing process,  fracturing pressure,  types and properties of fracturing fluids and proppants
  • Predicting fracture orientation.

Separators and Treaters

5. Design and Selection Parameters

  • Design features of horizontal and vertical 2-phase and 3-phase separators
  • Difference between scrubbers, separators and treaters
  • Selection criteria of a horizontal and vertical separator
6. Oil Gas and Water Treating
  • The necessity of secondary treatment
  • Crude oil treatment methods
  • Emulsion, emulsion forming and emulsion treating techniques
  • The necessity of gas dehydration
  • List and sketch gas dehydration methods
  • Selection criteria for a gas dehydration process
Day IV

Production Measurement and Transport

7. Production Measurement

  • The importance of flow measurement
  • Operational principle and design of differential flow meters, PD meters, mass flow meters, turbine meters, and LACT units
8. Piping Design
  • Calculating Reynolds number
  • Application of Bernoulli's theorem to calculate pressure drop in pipelines.
  • What a friction factor, and how Reynolds number chart is used to calculate a friction factor
  • Calculating pressure drop in pipelines
  • How to calculate pressure drop in pipe fittings and valves
Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Final Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment breaks during each morning and afternoon session.


Kash Verma is a Senior Petroleum Engineering Associate with BP Canada Energy Company in Calgary. He also teaches technical and operational engineering courses on facility and pipeline designs at SAIT as an industry guest instructor. Kash Verma has 30 years experience in the oil industry with Amoco and BP. He is one of the most experienced experts in Calgary to design, construct and operate sweet and sour gas facilities and pipelines. He has designed and supervised the construction of several multimillion dollars projects for Amoco and BP in Alberta and British Columbia. He has written several technical papers and teaching manuals for SAIT. Kash has a Masters Degree in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alberta and BC.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.4 CEU / 24 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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