PETROENG 1006 - Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code PETROENG 1006 Course Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Maths Studies, Specialist Maths, Physics Course Description The aim of the course is to provide students with a broad overview of introduction to petroleum engineering in order that advanced courses in subsequent years can be understood within a broader petroleum engineering context. This course covers introductions to petroleum drilling, completions and production, reservoir mechanics, fundamentals of rock and fluid properties, composition and PVT properties of petroleum fluids; basic physical and chemical properties of petroleum reservoir fluids related to reservoir processes and production. It also provides an introduction to decision-making and the petroleum business environment.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alireza Salmachi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand basic procedures and role of all fundamental systems used in petroleum drilling. 2 Develop awareness of the multiple aspects of drilling operations and the challenge of analysing and synthesizing the numerous technical issues encountered during drilling. 3 Explain basic concepts of reservoir engineering, methods of oil production and technologies for oil recovery. 4 Define basic properties of reservoir rocks and fluids and methods for their calculation and measurement. 5 Analyse the key issues in the design and optimisation of petroleum production systems. 6 Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between risk and uncertainty by explaining the conceptual difference between them, describing their impact on decisions in the oil & gas industry and illustrating by examples. 7 Describe the main elements of any decision problem, identify the factors that make decisions "hard” and explain each of the 8-steps for evaluating "hard" decisions. 8 Apply a critical-thinking and problem-solving approach towards the principles of petroleum engineering. 9 Apply theoretical and practice skills in data analysis used for real petroleum engineering problems through case studies.
University Graduate Attributes
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Please bring pens, pencils and a calculator to all lectures and tutorial classes.
- ‘Reservoir Engineering Handbook’ Tareq Ahmed, 2001
- ‘The Properties of Petroleum Fluids’ William D. McCain, Jr., 1990
- ‘Petroleum Production System’ Economides et al., 1994.
Most materials will be provided through ‘MyUni’ and handouts during the lecture.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course provides an introduction to the specialist petroleum engineering topics taught and researched at the Australian School of Petroleum. Weekly lectures are designed to give students a foundation for the broad range of petroleum engineering subjects covered throughout their undergraduate program. The fundamental and foundation material covered in the lectures will be supported by problem-solving exercises. This will include a research exercise in week three that is designed to help students develop research skills such as problem formulation and synthesis of data and ideas from multiple sources. These in-class exercises give students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in solving typical petroleum engineering problems and to raise their awareness of common industry issues. During the course, we hope to have fun, to welcome you to the school that will be your home for your petroleum engineering degree and to imbue you with our enthusiasm for analysing the earth’s subsurface and advancing the exploration for and development of petroleum accumulations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This course involves four sessions (50 minutes each) per week of combined lectures and exercises.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecturer 1 Overview of petroleum engineering
Introduction to drilling, Drill rigs and Rotary Drilling
Dr. Alireza Salmachi 2 Drill bits and drilling mud.
Casing and cementing
Dr. Alireza Salmachi 3 Fracture and pore pressure and well control.
Basics of well completions Class test
Dr. Alireza Salmachi 4 Introduction to oil and gas reservoirs
Reservoir rock and fluid properties
5 Rock porosity and fluid saturation
Reserves in place, recoverable reserves
6 Rock permeability. Relative permeabilities Dr. Abbas
7 Wettability, capillary pressure
Petroleum fluid properties, phase behaviour
8 Reservoir drive mechanisms, pressure depletion
Waterflooding, oil recovery – innovative solutions, breakthrough technologies.
9 Introduction to petroleum production engineering, well productivity and deliverability Dr. Mohammad
10 Introduction to petroleum production engineering, well productivity and deliverability – cont. Dr. Mohammad
11 Overview of artificial lift technology, production facilities, optimization and best practices. Class test. Dr. Mohammad
12 Uncertainty, Risk and Decision Making Prof. Steve Begg
Specific Course Requirements
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Summative assessment of the course is through one written examination at the end of the semester and from in-class tests (weeks 3, 8 and 11) and in-class exercises. Formative assessment will also be provided through mechanisms such as in-class discussions and quizzes.
Assessment Related Requirements
You will be advised of the dates and times of practical tests through MyUni at least two weeks in advance of the date of the test.
Alternative test dates for students who cannot be present on the date of the test on medical and compassionate grounds can be requested through the Course Coordinator.
The course will be assessed with a weighting of 40% on selected in-class tests and exercises and 60% based on the results of the final exam. The course will involve three in-class tests, with one in week 3 , one in week 8 and one in week 11.
Deadlines for submission of any exercises will be provided in class and on MyUni.
Submission of Work for Assessment
Practical and field class exercises should be submitted in hardcopy with a completed copy of the assessment coversheet that is available from the school office. This should be signed to indicate you have read the above university policy statement on plagiarism, collusion and related forms of cheating.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Co-ordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
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Assessment tasks must be submitted by the stated deadlines. There will be a penalty for late submission of assessment tasks. The submitted work will be marked ‘without prejudice’ and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each working day (or part of a day) that an assessment task is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained. An examiner may elect not to accept any assessment task that a student wants to submit after that task has been marked and feedback provided to the rest of the class.
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Exercises will be returned to students within two weeks of their submission.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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