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Integrated Reservoir Studies: The Project Management Approach (PBM07)


    Companies rely on integration of technical disciplines in carrying out successful reservoir studies. This creates challenges in ensuring that team members understand their role and the role of others in the overall project and in ensuring control over the project.
    This practical workshop gives insights into how tried and tested project management techniques can be applied to integrated reservoir studies to maximise their benefits.

    Course Level: Skill
    Duration: 4 days
    Instructor: John H. Martin

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • Working as part of an integrated study team involved with any aspect of petroleum reservoirs and involved in:
      - Evaluation of discoveries
      - Development of new fields
      - Re-evaluation of mature fields

    It will be particularly appropriate if you serve as a project manager or project engineer within a study team but have had little previous exposure to formal project planning methods.
    The workshop is also ideal for in-house presentation to company teams, where it might also serve as a team-building kick-off event for a new or current project, directly applying the techniques discussed.

    How we build your confidence

    All the methods discussed in this workshop are straightforward, practical and applicable on a day-to-day basis.
    Exercises are included in planning and scheduling and their application to integrated reservoir studies. Several of these will be team projects using techniques discussed in class to plan ‘real’ reservoir studies relevant to you. Computer-based planning packages will also be briefly demonstrated. A recently updated comprehensive manual in book style is provided, both in hard copy and digital form, for future reference.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the workshop you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • All the aspects of project planning, scheduling, budgeting, control and troubleshooting that you need to organise and carry out a successful integrated reservoir study
    • Which ‘textbook’ and general project management approaches can be adopted - and which require modification for use in reservoir studies


    • Definition of a project: objectives, scope and constraints
      - Planning
      - Use of network diagrams for improved logic and to identify relationships
    • Putting activities in a time frame; scheduling
      - Estimating work content and durations
      - Identifying critical path activities
    • Monitoring progress and controlling the project
      - Plotting the course of the project
      - Identifying the effects of slippages
      - Evaluating alternatives for recovery
    • The importance of integration in reservoir studies
      - How to use project management techniques to ensure integration
      - What needs to be integrated
      - Benefits of the planned approach
      - Examples of network diagrams for reservoir study activities
    • Strategies for integrated reservoir studies
      - Identifying objectives
      - Formal techniques for evaluating data
      - Geological studies
      - ‘Classical’ reservoir engineering approaches
      - When to use more sophisticated models
    • Facilitating integration
      - Effective data display and communication
      - Company structure and personnel roles in project-based work
      - The problems of out-sourcing
      - Integrating consultants and contractors
      - Solutions to challenges caused by remote working
      - How to avoid pitfalls in computer modelling
    • Applying PM techniques to reservoir studies
      - Differences between reservoir studies and traditional projects
      - Tailoring the techniques; how current PM methods can be applied
      - Using 'Stage Gate' approaches
      - How to assure quality
      - Troubleshooting common project problems

    Customer Feedback

    Participant feedback has been universally favourable, with generally ‘excellent’ scores for content, instructor, presentation and value of material:

    "I wish I attended this course 8 years back, my career would have been different and better. I strongly recommend this course for all technical people at an early stage of their career to understand things from the other side of the table." - Sr. Reservoir Geologist at ADCO

    "Everything was clear and concise, very interesting and valuable course." - Engineer at OMV

    "Excellent delivery of information"

    "Excellent trainer"



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