PETROENG 7070 - Integrated Field Development Planning and Economics Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This project-based course covers the process and methods to create an optimal plan to develop a petroleum deposit. It starts with an overview of decision-making (to create value) and project economics (to assess value). Topics to be addressed include: decision-making process; decision-tree analysis; quantifying uncertainty/risk; Monte Carlo Simulation; petroleum project cash-flows and fiscal regimes; time-value-of-money and economic metrics. (The principles will be useful in your personal life.) Key project drivers are discussed and it is shown how multiple disciplines must interact to maximise the value of a project. It covers all aspects of field development planning - commencing with screening studies, after discovering hydrocarbons, through to project sanction. The development phase is highlighted as having the potential to add maximum value. It is shown how a good balance is needed among key elements: reservoirs, wells and facilities, to minimize costs whilst maximising recovery. The team-based project is based on a real offshore case. The first part is to develop a recommendation for the optimum field appraisal plan. The second part of involves the feasibility and derivation of the optimum development plan. Participants work in small teams and will submit written plans and give presentations in front of a panel.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7070
    Course Integrated Field Development Planning and Economics Project
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Approximately 90 - mixture of intensive-format lectures and class exercises with consultation & advice for project teams
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible PETROENG 7049, PETROENG 7054
    Assumed Knowledge Content of the first 8 courses in the Master of Petroleum Engineering Program plus mathematics and physics typical of a BEng or BSc Program. Proj teams will be chosen to ensure team as a whole has assumed knowledge
    Assessment Examination, Written Project Reports & Project Presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Steve Begg

    Part A - Professor Steve Begg

    Part B - Teof Rodrigues
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Understand the broader oil & gas industry context within which business decisions are made, including societal and ethical factors that impact organizational (public, private and national) business goals
    2 Know (recall, define, describe) and comprehend (explain) the main concepts, terminology, tools/techniques and processes that are typically used in the O&G industry for economic evaluation and decision making
    3 Apply the key ideas underlying the modelling tools and techniques (eg Net Cash Flows, Discounted Cash Flows, Decision Tree Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation), by performing calculations (including in Excel) and interpreting their output
    4 Calculate and interpret metrics that measure the economic value of a DCF and be able to use them in a decision-making process to make investment recommendations, both stand-alone and portfolio
    5 Comprehend and construct workflows as applied to major studies in petroleum engineering or petroleum geosciences.
    6 Take on responsibility for a role (technical or project management) in a diverse, multidisciplinary team requiring a high degree of interection and communication and the ability to integrate their component in the team's broader proposal
    7 Search for, evaluate, analyse and synthesize/integrate multiple, real, industry data sets, representing multiple information types and sources.
    8 Decide on how to appropriately deal with safety, health and environmental issues
    9 Carry out extensive literature searches, including the use of the internet, in order to broaden their knowledge and to awaken their curiosity. Innovation and creativity are stressed in finding workable solutions, applying contemporary technology
    10 Write a report delailing the elements of their proposed field development plan and an economic analysis of that plan - and make an oral presentation of it to a panel of academic and industry experts acting as "management"

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency:

    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
    PDFs of powerpoints and additional readings. Additional exercises.
    Online Learning

    Powerpoints, Examples and Exercises (& their solutions) will be distributed on MyUni along with additional handouts.

    Laptops will be provided for in-class Excel exercises

    Good sources of help with learning are the downloadable learning guides (Writing, Effective Reading, Making Notes, Time Management, Exam Prep, etc) and links to other learning resources at -

    The “Writing and Speaking at Uni” course will help with assignments. I can provide further tips on preparing presentations for those that would like them.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    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.

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    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.

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

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