Training Courses

We offer a number of courses that can be tailored to individual client needs and focus areas. These can be in either a formal classroom format or a more informal seminar style. In general, we recommend considering the seminar style, since this permits more interaction with the audience and enables specific issues or concerns to be raised and discussed. However, we have also run the more formal classroom training for up to 100 participants. All of our courses make use of our extensive industry video library that includes a wide range of project videos from both operators and suppliers. Our current portfolio includes the following:

  • Introduction to Flow Assurance: This has been run for over 15 years and is currently one of the courses offered by the Society for Underwater Technology. It also forms part of the core curriculum for the M.Sc. in Ocean and Underwater Technology at Cranfield University. It is also used by a number of companies as part of their graduate training programmes.
  • Oil & gas exploration and production: This course is an introduction to oil & gas exploration and production and is aimed at both non-technical staff already working in the industry and also at new entrants. Covering both conventional and unconventional resources, it has also been used by one major operator as part of its graduate induction programme and also as part of its core curriculum for non-technical disciplines.
  • Reservoir engineering for non-reservoir engineers: Developed jointly with Cranfield University and the Society for Underwater Technology, this course introduces the basic principles of reservoir engineering. It also includes an overview of the other geoscience disciplines to give an understanding of how geophysics, geology and reservoir engineering interface with each other.
  • Effective technology communication: As stated previously, we consider good communication to be a critical element in implementing the results of technology development projects. This course looks at identifying target audiences, the information that they require and how it can be presented. One key worked example is the preparation of executive summaries and slide packs. It has been run for both oil & gas companies and technology providers.
  • Research project best practices: Based on previous lessons learned, this course looks at what makes a good research project and also on the key provisions of research contracts. It includes projects from both universities and commercial organisations with real examples and case studies. It has also been run for both oil & gas companies and technology providers.
  • Field development planning (under development): Following requests from a number of design contractors and consultancies, this course aims to explain the process undertaken within oil & gas companies to assess the economic feasibility of prospects and leads, prior to drilling exploration wells. A number of assumptions and decisions may be made during this process that can have significant impacts on subsequent concept selection studies when the third party design houses become involved.