26 Apr 2017 REGISTER

CONTINUING EDUCATION | Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

This course builds on content of a new text, Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, co-authored by Dr. Christiansen and Dr. John R. Fanchi and published by Wiley in 2016. The intent of the text and the course is to introduce engineers and non-engineers to tools and methods used by petroleum engineers to produce oil and gas resources. Going beyond verbal descriptions, participants will work with important concepts and relationships at an introductory level. Participants will receive copies of the text.

Instructor: Richard L. Christiansen, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, University of Utah

Dates: Wednesday - Thursday, April 26-27, 2017, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, 321 Seventeenth Street, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 297-3111

1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded by SPE-Americas Office for this 2-day course.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 7th, 2017


Course Content

Topics include:

  • Basics: fluid and rock properties, oil and gas in place; elements of geology
  • Drilling: vertical, directional, horizontal, and off-shore
  • Well logging
  • Completions
  • Surface facilities from well-head to refinery
  • Well testing
  • Evaluation of production performance
  • Reservoir performance: conventional and unconventional; reserve estimates

Who Should Attend

For engineers and non-engineers working, or interested, in the petroleum industry, this course will help them grasp the language and concepts of petroleum engineering. Laptops are required for this course.

About the Instructor

Dr. Richard L. Christiansen, is Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah with 30-plus years of experience in the oil industry. He taught courses in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines for 16 years. He has worked for large and small oil companies. He is co-author with Dr. John R. Fanchi of Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (Wiley, 2016).



The registration deadline is April 7, 2017. 

The registration fee is $1,400 for members and $1,800 for nonmembers and is fully refundable until that date.  For more details, contact Darien O’Brien, P.E. at dgobrien@alumni.mines.edu or (303) 934-5979.  Make your check payable to SPE Denver Section and mail to Darien O’Brien, 1632 South Lamar Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80232-7038.  Please include the course name, your FULL name (as you would like it to appear on the course completion certificate), SPE member number (if applicable), Title, Company, e-mail address, postal address, phone and fax number.  You may also register and pay on-line at http://denver.spe.org/.

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