PETROENG 7062 - Unconventional Resources & Recovery

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course will provide an overview of the key issues and methods relevant to the exploration, assessment and development of unconventional reservoirs. The course will focus on application of geomechanics in CSG, tight gas and shale gas, deliverability and production forecasting; field development planning; and reserve estimation/economics of unconventional reservoirs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7062
    Course Unconventional Resources & Recovery
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive short course of lectures and seminars (total of 49 hours)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge PETROENG 7042 or 7050, PETROENG 7038 or 7059, PETROENG 7058 or 7060
    Assessment In class participation/quizzes, group or individual assignment and final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Manouchehr Haghighi

    Dr Raymond Johnson, Jr.
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide
    Mobile +61 438 005 298
    Phone +61 7 3870 4992
    Fax +61 7 3870 8432
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lectures: May 18-26, 2017
    Written Assignment Due: Noon, 8 June 2017
    Final Exam: TBA based on Final Exam Schedule
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand and describe unique geological characteristics of unconventional resources
    2 Understand, describe and apply principles of geomechanics to unconventional reservoirs including earth stresses, basic rock mechanical properties, fracturing mechanics, well-bore stability and hydraulic fracturing as pertaining to CSG, tight gas and shale gas reservoirs.
    3 Understand and describe key properties of coal seam gas (CSG), tight gas and shale gas reservoirs based on log and general reservoir characteristics
    4 Understand, describe and apply key reservoir engineering concepts to CSG, tight gas and shale gas reservoirs
    5 Understand, describe and apply the proper application of well testing and diagnostic fracture injection testing in reservoir characterisation and stress profiling for unconventional reservoirs
    6 Understand, describe and apply the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing design, apply principles to resource optimisation
    7 Understand, describe and apply analytical or numerical methods for production forecasting and well stimulation optimisation
    8 Understand, describe and apply principles for determining recoverable and unrecoverable resources for unconventional reservoirs
    9 Understand, describe and apply economic evaluation to resource and reserve estimation for unconventional reservoirs
    10 Understand and describe social impact and technical risk assessments required for developing unconventional reservoirs
    11 Demonstrate the ability to develop a reservoir description, resource assessment, estimated stress profile, well completion design, optimised hydraulic fracture design, and uncertainties and recommendations by successful completion of a case study written assignment on an unconventional resource (e.g., CSG, tigh gas, or shale gas reservoir TBD)
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Not Applicable

    Recommended Resources

    Coal-bed Methane: Principles and Practices, Halliburton

    GRI CBM Reservoir Engineering, eds. Jerrald L. Saulsberry, Paul S. Schafer, and Richard A. Schraufnagel, GRI, 1992

    GRI CBM Production Operations, eds. Vicki A. Hollub and Paul S. Schafer, GRI, 1992

    Shale Gas Production Processes, James G. Speight, Elsevier, 2013

    An extensive set of readings and papers will be available as references for the courses varying unconventional reserource types.

    Online Learning

    Lecture materials and PowerPoint slides will be available through MyUni

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be taught as a 7-day intensive format from 0900-1700 on May 18-26 and consist of lectures, short problems and tutorials relating to the course materials.

    A daily quiz from 0900-1000 will be given on May 19-26 which will serve as a formative assessment for the final exam and summative assessment of key learning objectives

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Assessment will consist of the following:

    Active participation in online lectures and tutorials 10%

    Completed tutorials during tutorial sessions 30%

    Homework Assignments 30%

    Research paper and presentation 30%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Final exam date TBA based on final exam schedule.

    A hurdle requirement of >49% score on the final exam is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Daily Quizzes (10%)
    45 minute quizzes on previous day's materials will be given on 19-26 May. This assessment will count towards 10% of the final grade and the best 4/6 will be counted. There will be no supplementary assignments for these quizzes. These quizzes are to assess key learning objectives and provide students with examples of potential final exam questions.

    Individual Assignment (40% Overall)
    • Part 1 (10%):
    • Provide a geologic/petrophysical/reservoir description based on an assigned unconventional case well including a resource assessement and appropriate uncertainty using Monte Carlo Analysis methods (Excel and Exceladd-in, Simvoi, Crystal Ball, or @Risk)
    • Part 2 (10%):
    • Provide a 1D stress profile based on given log, DFIT data and the poro-elastic stress equations using Excel
    • Prepare a GOHFER hydraulic fracture model
    • Part 3 (10%):
    • Determine an estimated range of production outcomes based on a range of assumptions such as hydraulic fracture parameters, drainage area, and reservoir properties from Assignment 1 using hydraulic fracture model and Fekete Harmony.
    • Part 4 (10%):
    • Summarize findings and make economic recommendations and technical strategies to reduce uncertainty based on the data
    Final exam (50%):
    Composed of multiple choice, short answer, and problem-solving questions. A hurdle requirement of >49% score on the final exam is required to pass the course.
    Daily quizzes will be given from 0900-1000 and graded immediately thereafter.  No supplementary assessment is available.

    The written assignment will be submitted in written format with each section assessed on the grading criteria and is to be submitted at ASP (location TBA) by noon on Thursday 8 June and online.  Late submissions will be assessed 20% per day and no supplementary assessment is available.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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