Petroelum Engineering Units in UWA

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Petroelum Engineering Units in UWA

Post  Husain Al Yousif on Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:51 pm

Dear all,

The following list is for all Petroleum Engineering Units that we did, currently doing and will do in the University of Western Australia. I will also
include the unit description and level so you have full information. Unit assessment usually changes from one year to another. More tips on each unit can be tuckled will be posted in the future. Here is the list:

1. Introduction to Resource Engineering (First year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 2 (See Timetable) Old unit code: 660.103, RESR1160

Outcomes: Students gain a broad understanding of the fundamental technologies employed in the development and operation of resource operations; the multidisciplinary nature of resource engineering; and the various roles of engineers within these operations.

Content: This unit is an introduction to resource engineering of minerals covering both the mining and oil and gas industries. Field trips are made to operations near Perth. Mining topics include the fundamentals of the geology and exploration of mineral resources, basic practice and design considerations of open pit and underground mining, and the mechanical and the chemical aspects of mineral processing and the unit operations employed. Oil and gas topics include the origins, exploration, drilling, field development, production, processing, and transmission of oil and gas and petroleum products and refining.


2. Petroleum Engineering Fundamentals (Second year level)

Outcomes: Students develop basic understanding of petroleum exploration, extraction and production of oil and natural gas; gain an introductory knowledge of reservoir description, the properties of hydrocarbon fluids, the flow properties of porous reservoir rocks, the pressure distribution in a reservoir, the operations, maintenance and decommissioning phases of a reservoir, and the economic parameters involved in developing a reservoir.

Content: This unit covers how oil and gas are formed; how to explore for oil and gas; how to drill for oil and gas; construction of a well; the flow of fluid through porous rocks; the properties of reservoir fluids; how to install down hole assemblies for the production of oil and gas; the stages of development of an oil/gas field; de-commissioning; investment decisions and parameters governing oil and gas developments.

3. Introduction to Reservoir Engineering (Third year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 1 (See Timetable) Old unit code: 650.310, RESR3511

Outcomes: Students develop a basic understanding of the origin of oil and gas reservoirs, properties of reservoir rock and static and flow properties of reservoir fluids; gain knowledge to analytically model the hydrocarbon volume in the reservoir, flow behaviour of hydrocarbon and water through reservoir rock and production performance of vertical and horizontal wells; and understand various recovery mechanisms, water influx and water coning.

Content: The objective of this unit is to introduce the basic knowledge of reservoir engineering necessary to analyse and predict reservoir performance.

Topics include reservoir formation, classification, description, volume; pressure distribution in reservoirs; reservoir fluid properties; reservoir rock properties; capillary pressure, saturation and relative permeability; laboratory tests and other means to gather rock and fluid properties; basic phase behaviour, gaseous state, liquid state, single-phase and multi-phase flow and well productivity; material balance equations; recovery mechanisms; water and gas coning; and water influx.

4. Process Fundamentals (Second year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 2 (See Timetable) Old unit code: 650.203, RESR2530

Outcomes: Students gain an understanding and appreciation of the process engineering fundamentals required to bring natural resources (e.g. oil and natural gas) to the point of export or sale. They develop the basic science and engineering fundamentals necessary to understand the thermophysical properties and phase behaviour of fluids; apply basic science and engineering fundamentals to describe and analyse the processing of such fluids; develop and apply the core concepts of energy and material balance; gain an initial familiarity of industry standard process modelling software; and develop a specific awareness of the capabilities, design and layout of resource processing plants typical of the industries in Western Australia and Australia.

Content: This unit is an introduction to the upstream processing of resources, with some emphasis on natural gas production and processing. This emphasis highlights the importance of the extraction and process disciplines in the Western Australian and Australian economies. Topics include an introduction to production and processing requirements, basic fluid properties, theory and modelling of phase behaviour; and resolve processing methods and equipment, modelling of gathering and process plant operations.


5. Petroleum Geology (Third year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 1 (See Timetable) Old unit code: 520.352

Outcomes: Students are able to demonstrate understanding of the basics of petroleum geology including a working knowledge of common geological and oil industry terminology; understanding of the basic concepts of petroleum exploration including seismic acquisition and interpretation, well-log analysis, sedimentary geology, stratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy; and are able to communicate effectively with petroleum and exploration geologists.

Content: This unit is designed especially for students majoring in Oil and Gas Engineering and provides an introduction to the processes and concepts of petroleum geology. The unit familiarises students with everyday techniques and terminology used in the oil industry, as well as providing an overview of the basic principles of all aspects of petroleum geology. Practical exercises form an important part of the unit and involve applying theoretical knowledge to industry problems. Knowledge of the geological foundations of petroleum formation and exploration is essential to any career in the hydrocarbon industry.

The unit provides a basic introduction to geology and develops the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding petroleum formation, migration and accummulation, and methods of detecting, measuring and developing petroleum reserves. This unit covers topics such as the rock cycle and the geological evolution of Earth; rock and mineral identification; sedimentology and sedimentary facies; core logging; geological mapping and map interpretation; physical and chemical properties of petroleum; formation, migration and trapping of hydrocarbon accumulations. Methods of petroleum exploration include geophysical exploration and seismic section interpretation; drilling, wireline logging and interpretation; maturation modelling; computer-based visualisation and analysis of exploration data; prospect risk analysis; case studies of major international and Australian hydrocarbon fields.

The unit is taught jointly by the Schools of Earth and Geographical Sciences and Oil and Gas Engineering and is appropriate for students of oil and gas engineering, and also for students in other branches of engineering or science who are seeking a career in the hydrocarbon industry. Projects and assignments are set to reflect the intent and requirements of similar tasks in the industry. Site visits to relevant industry locations are also arranged.

6. Reservoir Simulation (Third year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 2 (See Timetable) Old unit code: RESR4511

Outcomes: This unit develops students' knowledge of the fundamentals of fluid flow equations that describe petroleum recovery processes in porous media, their ability to derive numerical solutions by use of a ready-to-use computer package, and their ability to relate numerical solutions to the practical use of reservoir simulation for making reservoir performance predictions. Class assignments and the final examination are designed to reinforce these objectives.

Content: This unit covers the formulation of flow equations governing single phase and multi-phase flow in porous media; introduction to numerical solution techniques; solutions of a wide variety of single phase flow problems in porous media for compressible and incompressible flow; treatment of PVT data and rock properties; modelling of wells; introduction to modelling of naturally fractured reservoirs; introduction to black-oil, compositional, thermal, dual-porosity models; and practical considerations in the use of reservoir simulation for predicting reservoir performance.


7. Drilling and compleiton Engineering (Third year level)

Due to the lack of staff, this unit is to be undertaken with the master class and will commence end of september in a 4 week course
I will be having a new topic about this subject by itself.

8. Production Optimisation (Fourth Year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 2 (See Timetable) Old unit code: 650.413, RESR4510

Outcomes: Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills for petroleum production optimisation by various stimulation techniques, completion techniques and enhanced recovery techniques; learn various methods for prevention and removal of formation damage, minerals, asphaltenes and corrosion in the production; and gain concepts of production operations by net present value maximisation.

Content: The objective of this unit is to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills for cost-effective production optimisation by various techniques and treatments that are carried out in the reservoir and in the production line. Topics include a review of hydrocarbon production estimation; prevention and removal of formation damage; hydraulic fracture design and optimisation; matrix acidising; acid fracturing; in situ combustion; enhanced recovery; preventing deposition of mineral scales, paraffins and asphaltenes in subsurface and surface systems; controlling corrosion in production tubes; sand and water control; artificial lifts; and workover.


9. Reservoir and Well Performance (Fourth Year level)

Credit: 6 points Availability: Semester 1 (See Timetable) Old unit code: RESR4512

Outcomes: Students are able to develop advanced knowledge of hydrocarbon flow in the reservoir and reservoir performance analysis; develop understanding of how the flow performance is affected by drilling, completion and stimulation operations; learn how to forecast flow performance by well test and material balance analysis; and gain skills to model the flow performance in the overall production system.

Content: This unit provides students with advanced knowledge and skills for modelling and forecasting flow performance from the reservoir, to the well, to the wellhead through various components in the flow line. Topics include hydrocarbon productivity formulations; effects of drilling, completion and stimulation on productivity; oil well performance, gas well performance, tube flow performance and deliverability; flow performance in wellhead and surface gathering systems; production forecast by material balance techniques; well test analysis and interpretation; and well diagnosis and production logging.


Of course, there are other core units to be done along with all these units. The units listed above are the onces concerning petroleum studies.

In future topics, I will be sharing my own experience with you regarding the third year and fourth year level units because they are the most important units to talk about and investigate.

Hope this effort is appreciated and knowledgable for all,

Good luck for everyone,

Husain Very Happy

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