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From entry level to seasoned professional

Built around the Oil & Gas UK upstream competency guidelines, EDGE supports individuals throughout their oil and gas career - right from their first job through to senior management roles.

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Level 1

Awareness training for everyone

EDGE Level 1 is ideal for people working in upstream technical and functional roles who want to develop or improve their awareness of the oil and gas sector. It includes 50 topics, assessments and a comprehensive end of level exam.

Introduction

Introduction

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Introduction

Introduction

Three introductory modules to help provide a bitesize picture of the upstream process.

Introduction to Geology

Introduction to Geology

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Introduction to Geology

Introduction to Geology

This module provides learners with a substantial introduction to Geology in the oil & gas industry. The module explores the key concepts of both Geology and Petroleum Geology.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Why time is important in Geology
  • The rock cycle
  • Rock types and origin
  • The main fault types and their relationship with plate tectonics
  • The five elements of Petroleum Geology

Duration: 3 hours

Introduction to Drilling

Introduction to Drilling

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Introduction to Drilling

Introduction to Drilling

This Introduction to Drilling module providers learners with an overview of the theory, tools and techniques used to drill for oil & gas around the world.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The main features of a rig Circulating System 
  • Applications and features of drilling rigs
  • Introduction to Well Construction methods
  • Concepts behind Rotary Drilling
  • Overview of Rig Systems
  • Introduction to the Drillstring

 

Duration: 3 hours

Introduction to Production

Introduction to Production

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Introduction to Production

Introduction to Production

This module introduces the key concepts of hydrocarbon production, from what is being produced, where it comes from and how it is handled.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Field optimisation
  • Plant commissioning and handover
  • Oil and gas process facilities
  • Production operations and maintenance
  • Decommissioning

Duration: 3 hours

Subsurface

Subsurface

Geophysics

Geophysics

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Geophysics

Geophysics

In this module we explore the methods used to study the earth, with emphasis on the most widely used in the oil and gas industry such as seismic surveying. Learners will be given the fundamental knowledge needed to understand and engage with Geophysical concepts. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Interpretation of geophysical data
  • Impact of method on survey design
  • Principles of geophysical methods
  • Geophysical data processing
  • Geophysical data acquisition in the oil and gas industry

Duration: 3 hours

Petrophysics

Petrophysics

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Petrophysics

Petrophysics

Whereas Geophysics looks at the larger geological structures, Petrophysics concerns the physical properties of the reservoir rock and fluid. This module explores petrophysical properties, logging and interpretation.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Petrophysical interpretation of logs
  • The main petrophysical reservoir properties
  • Petrophysics and our understanding of the subsurface
  • Wireling logging tools
  • Shaly sand

 

Duration: 3 hours

Reservor Engineering

Reservor Engineering

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Reservor Engineering

Reservor Engineering

The objective of Reservoir Engineering is to optimise future production at the field design stage. In this module learners will explore how Reservoir Engineering is applied in the oil & gas sector, from modelling to recovery.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Reservoir lifecycle and recovery process
  • Key reservoir properties and classification
  • Reservoir fluids and fundamental properties
  • Reservoir simulation and modelling Classification of reserves

Duration: 3 hours

Geomechanics

Geomechanics

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Geomechanics

Geomechanics

Geomechanics is the study of how rock behaves during the course of a well’s life. This module provides an understanding of the fundamentals of Geomechanics from earth stress to pore pressure.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Stress orientation
  • The value of core
  • How log data is used in strength modelling
  • Building a stress model
  • Pore pressure estimation

Duration: 3 hours

Well Planning

Well Planning

Offset Review and Conceptual Design

Offset Review and Conceptual Design

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Offset Review and Conceptual Design

Offset Review and Conceptual Design

This modules provides learners with knowledge of the Offset Well Review and Conceptual Well Design steps that are critical to all exploration, appraisal and field development operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Overview of Conceptual Well Design
  • Importance of Data Gathering and Offset Review
  • The use of pore pressure, fracture gradient and kick tolerance 

Duration: 1 hour

Time and Cost Estimation

Time and Cost Estimation

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Time and Cost Estimation

Time and Cost Estimation

This module will give learners a grasp of the main features of well time and cost estimation, including their importance in well planning.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Tangible and intangible costs associated with well operations
  • Key factors affecting well timings
  • Understand systems for managing well costs

Duration: 1 hour

Material Procurement

Material Procurement

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Material Procurement

Material Procurement

In this module Material Procurement is explored, giving learners an understanding of the tendering process and how materials and services are selected.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The key information needed to procure well materials and services
  • Understands the tendering process
  • What the key materials and services are

Duration: 1 hour

Detailed Drilling Programmes

Detailed Drilling Programmes

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Detailed Drilling Programmes

Detailed Drilling Programmes

This modules provides learners with an understanding of the Detailed Drilling Programme, why this is important and what goes into its preparation.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The purpose and role of the Detailed Drilling Programme
  • Understand the content and composition – what is included, and why

Duration: 1 hour

Well Engineering

Well Engineering

Shallow Gas

Shallow Gas

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Shallow Gas

Shallow Gas

Shallow gas can pose a high risk to oil & gas operations. In this module learners will understand the key features, risks and mitigations of shallow gas.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how a well can be designed to mitigate the risks
  • Understand what shallow gas is and the risks it poses
  • What procedures are used when drilling into a potential shallow gas zone

Duration: 1 hour

Pore Pressure

Pore Pressure

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Pore Pressure

Pore Pressure

In this module the fundamental aspects of Pore Pressure are discussed, giving learners an understanding of the various pressure states and how these are predicted.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The processes which cause abnormal pore pressures
  • Understand the concepts of normal, abnormal and subnormal pressures
  • Overview of how pore pressures are predicted before and during drilling

Duration: 1 hour

Fracture Gradient

Fracture Gradient

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Fracture Gradient

Fracture Gradient

Fracture gradient is a key concept in well design and operations, throughout the life of a well. This module provides learners with this essential core knowledge

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how fracture gradient affects the well design
  • Understand the definition and concepts of fracture pressure
  • Understand how fracture gradient can be measured

Duration: 1 hour

Hydrostatics

Hydrostatics

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Hydrostatics

Hydrostatics

This module aims to give learners a grounding in Hydrostatics and the importance of this concept in all oil & gas operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand drilling hydraulics and why they are important
  • Learn how hydrostatic pressures are calculated 
  • Understand how and where pressure losses occur in the circulating system
  • Discover the effects of equivalent circulating density and how is it calculated 

Duration: 1 hour

Formation Fluids

Formation Fluids

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Formation Fluids

Formation Fluids

In this module learners will explore how Formation Fluids are formed, how they accumulate and how they affect well design and operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Discover the fundamentals of Phase behaviour
  • The main types of formation fluid and how they form
  • Understand how formation fluids impact drilling operations

Duration: 1 hour

Formation Temperature Analysis

Formation Temperature Analysis

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Formation Temperature Analysis

Formation Temperature Analysis

Formation temperatures change the way wells are designed, how equipment and fluids interact and the efficiency of operations. This module provides the fundamental core knowledge needed by upstream teams.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand static and dynamic temperature profiles
  • What is Geothermal Gradient and how is it used
  • Learn about the impact of temperature on well design and material selection

Duration: 40 minutes

Drilling fluids

Drilling fluids

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Drilling fluids

Drilling fluids

Drilling fluid is needed to successfully drill, test, complete and produce a well. In this module learners will be given the knowledge needed to understand the core principals of drilling fluids in modern oil & gas.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Solids Control and the Circulating System
  • The main types of Drilling Fluid and their properties
  • Drilling Fluid field tests
  • Pressure losses and ECD

Duration: 30 minutes

Drillstring Design

Drillstring Design

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Drillstring Design

Drillstring Design

The drillstring is the central component of the drilling process. In this module the concept of the drillstring is explored, discussing the equipment, design and limitations of modern well design.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore the physical capabilities and limits of drill pipe and other components
  • Understand the main components of the drillstring
  • Overview of drill bits, how they work and key features

Duration: 2.5 hours

Casing Seat Selection

Casing Seat Selection

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Casing Seat Selection

Casing Seat Selection

In this module learners will explore how casing setting depths are accurately planned, engineered and selected. The factors that affect casing seat selection and the role that kick tolerance plays.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Determine casing setting depths using a formation pressure prognosis
  • Understand the concept of kick tolerance and how it can influence casing setting depth

Duration: 1 hour

Casing and Tubing Design

Casing and Tubing Design

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Casing and Tubing Design

Casing and Tubing Design

Casing design is fundamental to all oil & gas wells. In this module learners will explore the key concepts of the design process from load cases to wear and fatigue.

 

Learning outcomes:

 

  • Understand the fundamental casing design load cases
  • Discover the different types of casing and tubing and their purpose
  • Overview of the properties and features of casing and tubing
  • Learn about corrosion, wear and fatigue

Duration: 3 hours

Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

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Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

In this module we discuss the fundamental aspects of well testing and completion operations including methods, equipment and operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Completion installation operations
  • Well testing operations and objectives 
  • Well workovers

Duration: 2.5 hours

Conductor and Riser Analysis

Conductor and Riser Analysis

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Conductor and Riser Analysis

Conductor and Riser Analysis

In harsh conditions and deepwater environments, conductor and riser analysis is a critical process. In this module learners will discover the fundamentals of conductor and riser analysis, including the types of system and key components.In harsh conditions and deepwater environments, conductor and riser analysis is a critical process. In this module learners will discover the fundamentals of conductor and riser analysis, including the types of system and key components.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The principals of conductor setting and analysis
  • Types of riser and riser analysis

Duration: 1 hour

Cement Design

Cement Design

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Cement Design

Cement Design

Cement is an important tool in well construction. Our cement design module provides learners with a grounding in the main concepts of cement properties, additives, equipment, design and evaluation.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the various items of cement equipment commonly used;
  • Understand the main properties of cement and cement additives;
  • Learn how cement is placed – understand the terms primary and secondary cementation, as well as cement evaluation.

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Material Selection

Material Selection

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Material Selection

Material Selection

Material selection in oil & gas is a critical process. Downhole environments can be hostile and the equipment and materials used over the course of a well must be carefully designed. In this module learners will be given an understanding of this process and how it affects casing and drillstring design.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Materials selection for Wellhead, Xmas Tree, Drilling equipment
  • Casing and Tubing material selection
  • How Corrosion affects the selection process

Duration: 1 hour

Directional Drilling

Directional Drilling

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Directional Drilling

Directional Drilling

Directional drilling has allowed new wells to be drilled, and new reservoirs explored. In this module we explore the evolution of directional drilling and what tools and techniques are used today.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The importance of Wellbore Positioning
  • History and Applications of Directional Drilling
  • Modern Directional Drilling techniques

Duration: 1 hour

Geomechanics and Wellbore Stability

Geomechanics and Wellbore Stability

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Geomechanics and Wellbore Stability

Geomechanics and Wellbore Stability

  • This module explores the applications of geomechanics to a wide range of critical areas such as pore pressure, wellbore stability, sand failure analysis and compaction.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Compaction, subsidence, cap rock integrity and fault reactivation
  • How pore pressure is estimated and calibrated
  • Why geomechanics is important to field development
  • What controls the risk of sand failure
  • Introduction to sand control 

 

Duration: 3 hours

 

Well Test Planning

Well Test Planning

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Well Test Planning

Well Test Planning

Well Testing is an essential process in the evaluation of a potential reservoir. In this module we explore the fundamental concepts of well testing, how they are designed, planned and performed.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Well test planning and equipment selection
  • The types of well test and why they are performed
  • How well tests are performed, how the reservoir is accessed and how data is collected

Duration: 2 hours

 

Abandonment and Barriers

Abandonment and Barriers

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Abandonment and Barriers

Abandonment and Barriers

Well abandonment and well barriers are key to ensuring well integrity. In this module we discuss the purpose and goals of the suspension and abandonment process and
the various requirements of competent well barriers.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the purpose and goals of suspension and
    abandonment
  • Competent Well Barriers and core requirements,
    verification and practices.
Completion Design

Completion Design

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Completion Design

Completion Design

Completions are essential in the production of oil & gas. In this module learners will gain an understanding of what is required during the design and operational phases of a well completion.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Tubing string design and stress analysis
  • How well types influence Completions
  • Completion design requirements
  • Completion equipment selection

Duration: 3 hours

Drilling and Completions

Drilling and Completions

Drilling Procedures

Drilling Procedures

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Drilling Procedures

Drilling Procedures

Drilling is a complex process that requires significant planning, design and expert execution. In this module learners will explore common drilling procedures and how they are applied to specific operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Prevention and response tactics to common drilling problems
  • Common drilling procedures for each phase of a well
  • Understand best practice during tripping operations
  • Fishing and milling operations

Duration: 2 hours

Drilling Operations

Drilling Operations

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Drilling Operations

Drilling Operations

Successful drilling operations are the focus of Operators and Service Companies alike. In this module learners will explore the key aspects of drilling operations, common problems and how to address them.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the critical elements of each operation
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of wellsite personnel
  • Learn how common hole problems can be handled

Duration: 3 hours

Formation Evaluation

Formation Evaluation

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Formation Evaluation

Formation Evaluation

Well logging is an essential part of the data gathering process. In this module we explore the planning and management of open-hole logging, logging tools and logging operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Planning and management of logging operations
  • Methods of log data acquisition 
  • Measurement and control

Duration: 3 hours

Well Testing & Completions

Well Testing & Completions

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Well Testing & Completions

Well Testing & Completions

In this module we discuss the fundamental aspects of well testing and completion operations including methods, equipment and operations. 

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Completion installation operations
  • Well testing operations and objectives
  • Well workovers

Duration: 2.5 hours

Drilling and Rig Equipment

Drilling and Rig Equipment

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Drilling and Rig Equipment

Drilling and Rig Equipment

A wide range of equipment is used during drilling. In this module learners will gain an understanding in the critical pieces of rig and third party equipment used during drilling operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the main items of equipment on the drilling rig
  • Explore common third party equipment

Duration: 2 hours

Well Control Equipment

Well Control Equipment

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Well Control Equipment

Well Control Equipment

Well control equipment is essential to the mitigation of risk and safe handling of well control incidents. This module provides learners with an understanding of well control equipment and how they are operated.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The surface equipment used for kick detection and mud gas separation
  • Understand the main components and operations of a BOP
  • The diverter system and how it operates
  • Awareness of drillstring well control equipment

Duration: 2 hours

Well Control Procedures

Well Control Procedures

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Well Control Procedures

Well Control Procedures

Competent procedures are essential in tackling well control incidents. In this module we explore what leads to a loss of well control, how this is detected and ultimately controlled.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Kick detection and response
  • Causes of kicks and kick avoidance
  • Shut in procedures and principal well control techniques

Duration: 1 hour

Land Rigs

Land Rigs

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Land Rigs

Land Rigs

Land rigs are portable onshore drilling rigs used to explore for, appraise and develop hydrocarbon assets. This module explores the types of land rig and the best practice for common operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The main types of land rig
  • Common best practice operations

Duration: 1.5 hours

Jack-up Rigs

Jack-up Rigs

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Jack-up Rigs

Jack-up Rigs

Jack-ups are versatile and commonly used offshore rigs. In this module learners will gain an understanding in Jack-up construction, key systems, design and operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Equipment and components unique to Jack-ups
  • Understand the design principles and considerations behind a Jack-up rig
  • The design, operations and operational risks common to Jack-ups

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Moored Rigs

Moored Rigs

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Moored Rigs

Moored Rigs

Mooring is a critical operation for many rigs and vessels. In this module we explore how mooring works, the main equipment, planning and operational requirements.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the components of the mooring system and how anchors are placed
  • Understand how a moored rig holds its position
  • Understand the significance of site surveys and seabed analysis

Duration: 1 hour

Dynamically Positioned Rigs

Dynamically Positioned Rigs

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Dynamically Positioned Rigs

Dynamically Positioned Rigs

Many modern rigs utilise dynamic positioning systems. In this module we explore the differences between DP and Moored vessels, how a DP system works and the key operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the technology and various components behind a DP system
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of DP rigs
  • Understand the concepts behind watch circles and drift/drive offs

Duration: 1 hour

 

Project Logistics

Project Logistics

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Project Logistics

Project Logistics

Logistics is a fundamental part of every oil & gas project. It involves the complex process of planning for, shipping and ensuring delivery of equipment, machinery, chemicals, bulk products, material and personnel. In this module learners will understand the roles, responsibilities and operations involved in upstream project logistics.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understands the roles and responsibilities involved in project logistics and the operational supply chain
  • Knowledge of the common operations of the upstream logistics supply chain

Duration: 2 hours

Waste Management

Waste Management

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Waste Management

Waste Management

Upstream operations generate waste. This module explores the various elements that might be considered waste, how they are dealt with both onshore and offshore, and the importance of appropriate planning.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • The process of drilling fluids solids removal and the equipment involved
  • The main categories of waste generated onshore and offshore
  • Overview of cuttings disposal and waste management planning

Duration: 1 hour

Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

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Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

There are a range of high risk activities undertaken during upstream operations. This module deals with the emergency response planning and procedures that should be in place for upstream operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Oil spill planning and response
  • Major hazards and mitigation
  • A ‘post Macondo’ industry

Duration: 1.5 hours

Risk Management

Risk Management

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Risk Management

Risk Management

Drilling operations involve risk. However, a well managed operation mitigates against these risks such that they do not negatively impact the ongoing work. This module explores the process of identifying, assessing and managing those risks.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how risks are identified, classified and assessed using the formal Risk Assessment process
  • Understand hazards and the three main types of risk in oil and gas operations
  • Learn about the tools used to mitigate against risks

Duration: 1 hour

Management of Change

Management of Change

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Management of Change

Management of Change

Managing change is critical to successful operations. In this module learners will be introduced to the common types of risk and the process of change management in oil and gas.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how risk and change is assessed
  • Learn how to understand, define and document a change

Duration: 40 minutes

Well Examination and Verification

Well Examination and Verification

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Well Examination and Verification

Well Examination and Verification

Well examination and verification are critical tools used to ensure safe and competent well design and operations. This modules provides an introduction to the examination and verification process.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the well examination and verification process

Duration: 40 minutes

Project Close-Out

Project Close-Out

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Project Close-Out

Project Close-Out

This module will explore the activities commonly undertaken once a drilling operation has been completed in order to closeout the project.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand common project close-out protocol
  • Understand the details of physical, administrative and contractual project closeout processes

Duration: 40 minutes

Well Integrity Management

Well Integrity Management

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Well Integrity Management

Well Integrity Management

This module will provide students with an understanding of the key elements of well integrity, why well integrity is important and the techniques used to ensure wells remain safe throughout their life cycle.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Become familiar with well integrity concepts
  • Understand what well integrity is
  • Understand the importance of well integrity throughout the lifecycle of a well

Duration: 3 hours

Specialised Applications

Specialised Applications

Unconventional Gas

Unconventional Gas

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Unconventional Gas

Unconventional Gas

Natural gas will play a large role in our energy future. In this module we explore the role of unconventional gas reserves in this landscape and how technology and design are being used to mitigate against environmental impacts.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Shale gas
  • The role of unconventional gas
  • Technology and design
  • Coal-bed methane

Duration: 2 hours

Unconventional Oil

Unconventional Oil

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Unconventional Oil

Unconventional Oil

In this module learners will explore the different types of unconventional oil, the technology solutions and both the design and environmental challenges faced.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Heavy oil
  • Shale oil
  • The role of unconventional oil
  • Technology and design
  • Oil sands
  • Gas to liquids

Duration: 2 hours

Arctic Drilling

Arctic Drilling

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Arctic Drilling

Arctic Drilling

With significant reserves of oil and gas held beneath Arctic waters it is hard to ignore the potential of the region. However unique design, technology and environmental challenges must be overcome. This module will provide learners with a core understanding of the main issues facing Arctic operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Oil and gas transportation challenges
  • Drilling in the Arctic
  • Technical and design challenges
  • CSR and the environment

Duration: 2 hours

Deepwater

Deepwater

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Deepwater

Deepwater

Deepwater operations are some of the most challenging in our industry. This module provides an understanding of the key concepts, technology, challenges and operations of deepwater projects worldwide.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Deepwater technology and equipment
  • Why deepwater is needed
  • Deepwater well design and operations

 

Duration: 2 hours

Extended Reach

Extended Reach

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Extended Reach

Extended Reach

Extended reach drilling methods are being increasingly used to access remote reservoirs and maximise productivity. In this module we will discover the design and operational challenges faced when carrying out these projects.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Technology and equipment
  • The need for Extended Reach
  • Design challenges
  • ERD Operations

Duration: 2 hours

HPHT

HPHT

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HPHT

HPHT

HPHT wells are some of the most challenging ever drilled. In this module learners will explore the unique nature of HPHT wells, what makes a well HPHT and that affects well design and operations.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • HPHT well design and equipment selection
  • How HPHT wells differ from conventional wells
  • HPHT drilling procedures

Duration: 2 hours

Exams

Exams

Operations

Operations

Process

Process

Design

Design

Planning

Planning

Well Integrity

Well Integrity

Completion Design

Completion Design

Level 2

Advanced training for engineers, by engineers

EDGE Level 2 is the go-to course for senior technical teams and consultants.

Advanced training and competency analysis allowing senior staff to continue their professional development. It's ideal for consultants and critical project teams who will be evaluated by real-world responses to questions and results in exams. 

 

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Employee Skills

Online courses

We also support our clients around the world with a wide range of supplementary skills courses for their employees.

These courses complement our professional oil & gas training by providing significant resources to train in areas from HR and Leadership to Digital Skills and HSE. Courses are designed to meet core skills gaps. 

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