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EDGE Courses

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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.

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

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1. Introduction

1. Introduction

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

1.1 Introduction to Geology

1.1 Introduction to Geology

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1.1 Introduction to Geology

1.1 Introduction to Geology

Learners will explore geological structures, petroleum reservoirs, formation pressure regimes, rock types and surveying techniques.

1.2 Introduction to Drilling

1.2 Introduction to Drilling

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1.2 Introduction to Drilling

1.2 Introduction to Drilling

Introduction to the steps of drilling a well, types of rig, critical systems and equipment.

1.3 Introduction to Production

1.3 Introduction to Production

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1.3 Introduction to Production

1.3 Introduction to Production

Discussion of production practices, production technology and equipment, treating and processing equipment.

2. Design Process

2. Design Process

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2. Design Process

2. Design Process

Four modules providing knowledge of the processes behind well design, a critical element in all oil & gas fields.

2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

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2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

Learners will be provided with knowledge on the data gathering and conceptual well design phases.

2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

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2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

An introduction to the concepts of well timings, tangible and intangible cost estimation.

2.3 Material Procurement

2.3 Material Procurement

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2.3 Material Procurement

2.3 Material Procurement

This module explores tendering for materials and services and the essential services and materials required for upstream operations.

2. Design Process

2. Design Process

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2. Design Process

2. Design Process

Four modules providing knowledge of the processes behind well design, a critical element in all oil & gas fields.

2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

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2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

2.1 Offset Review and Conceptual Design

Learners will be provided with knowledge on the data gathering and conceptual well design phases.

2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

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2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

2.2 Time and Cost Estimation

An introduction to the concepts of well timings, tangible and intangible cost estimation.

2.3 Material Procurement

2.3 Material Procurement

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2.3 Material Procurement

2.3 Material Procurement

This module explores tendering for materials and services and the essential services and materials required for upstream operations.

2.4 Detailed Drilling Programmes

2.4 Detailed Drilling Programmes

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2.4 Detailed Drilling Programmes

2.4 Detailed Drilling Programmes

Learners will explore the phases of detailed well design and preparation of drilling programmes.

3. Technical Design

3. Technical Design

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3. Technical Design

3. Technical Design

Eighteen modules covering the various technical aspects of well design. These subjects underpin the operations that search for, appraise and produce hydrocarbons.

3.1 Shallow Gas

3.1 Shallow Gas

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3.1 Shallow Gas

3.1 Shallow Gas

An introduction to shallow gas, the associated risks, ways to mitigate and how to respond.

3.2 Pore Pressure

3.2 Pore Pressure

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3.2 Pore Pressure

3.2 Pore Pressure

Discussion of pore pressure, abnormal pressure and pore pressure prediction.

3.3 Fracture Gradient

3.3 Fracture Gradient

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3.3 Fracture Gradient

3.3 Fracture Gradient

Learners will explore fracture gradient, its importance in well design and the process of estimation.

3.4 Hydrostatics

3.4 Hydrostatics

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3.4 Hydrostatics

3.4 Hydrostatics

An introduction to the fundamentals of hydrostatic pressure and its importance in well engineering.

3.5 Formation Fluids

3.5 Formation Fluids

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3.5 Formation Fluids

3.5 Formation Fluids

Discussion of the types of formation fluid, how they are formed, fundamentals of phase behaviour and impact on drilling operations.

3.6 Formation Temperature Analysis

3.6 Formation Temperature Analysis

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3.6 Formation Temperature Analysis

3.6 Formation Temperature Analysis

Learners will explore the concept of geothermal gradient and how temperature affects well design.

3.7 Fluid Design/ Drilling fluids

3.7 Fluid Design/ Drilling fluids

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3.7 Fluid Design/ Drilling fluids

3.7 Fluid Design/ Drilling fluids

An introduction to the common types and properties of drilling fluids, field testing and solids control.

3.8 Drillstring Design

3.8 Drillstring Design

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3.8 Drillstring Design

3.8 Drillstring Design

This module explores drillstring components, design and drill bits.

3.9 Casing Seat Selection

3.9 Casing Seat Selection

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3.9 Casing Seat Selection

3.9 Casing Seat Selection

Discussion of types of casing, objectives and methods of casing seat selection and the concept of kick tolerance.

3.10 Casing and Tubing Design

3.10 Casing and Tubing Design

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3.10 Casing and Tubing Design

3.10 Casing and Tubing Design

Learners will explore the fundamentals of casing and tubing design, design procedures and casing corrosion.

3.11 Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

3.11 Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

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3.11 Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

3.11 Wellhead and Xmas Tree Selection

An introduction to surface and subsea variants of both wellheads and xmas trees.

3.12 Conductor and Riser Analysis

3.12 Conductor and Riser Analysis

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3.12 Conductor and Riser Analysis

3.12 Conductor and Riser Analysis

This module explores the principals behind the design and analysis of riser and conductor strings in offshore environments.

3.13 Cement Design

3.13 Cement Design

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3.13 Cement Design

3.13 Cement Design

Discussion of the purpose of cementing operations, properties of cement slurries, cementing equipment and methods.

3.14 Material Selection

3.14 Material Selection

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3.14 Material Selection

3.14 Material Selection

Learners will explore casing, tubing and drilling equipment material selection, including aspects such as corrosion and common contaminants.

3.15 Directional Drilling and Wellbore Positioning

3.15 Directional Drilling and Wellbore Positioning

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3.15 Directional Drilling and Wellbore Positioning

3.15 Directional Drilling and Wellbore Positioning

An introduction to the primary applications of directional drilling, common tools and techniques.

3.16 Well Test Planning

3.16 Well Test Planning

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3.16 Well Test Planning

3.16 Well Test Planning

This module explores the types of well test, planning, well test data, equipment selection, perforating and data acquisition.

3.17 Completion Design

3.17 Completion Design

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3.17 Completion Design

3.17 Completion Design

Discussion of the key considerations in completion design, the various types of completion and critical equipment.

3.18 Abandonment and Barriers

3.18 Abandonment and Barriers

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3.18 Abandonment and Barriers

3.18 Abandonment and Barriers

This module discusses the purpose and goals of well abandonment, types of well barriers and common practices.

4. Operations Planning

4. Operations Planning

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4. Operations Planning

4. Operations Planning

Eight modules providing knowledge in the steps and processes that must be considered prior to undertaking upstream operations.

4.1 Project Logistics

4.1 Project Logistics

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4.1 Project Logistics

4.1 Project Logistics

Learners will explore common logistics terms, processes and major aspects such as site construction.

4.2 Waste Management

4.2 Waste Management

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4.2 Waste Management

4.2 Waste Management

Discussion of the types of well control equipment, BOP components, surface equipment and testing.

4.3 Drilling Procedures

4.3 Drilling Procedures

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4.3 Drilling Procedures

4.3 Drilling Procedures

This module explores international best practice drilling, tripping and prevention procedures.

4.4 Well Control Equipment

4.4 Well Control Equipment

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4.4 Well Control Equipment

4.4 Well Control Equipment

Discussion of the types of well control equipment, BOP components, surface equipment and testing.

4.5 Well Control Procedures

4.5 Well Control Procedures

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4.5 Well Control Procedures

4.5 Well Control Procedures

Learners will explore the tiers of well control, major causes of loss of well control, kick avoidance, detection and response.

4.6 Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

4.6 Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

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4.6 Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

4.6 Emergency Planning, Safety and the Environment

An introduction to major upstream hazards, mitigation, oil spill planning, response and the Macondo incident.

4.7 Risk Management

4.7 Risk Management

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4.7 Risk Management

4.7 Risk Management

This module explores major upstream risks, risk assessment and risk management.

4.8 Well Examination and Verification

4.8 Well Examination and Verification

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4.8 Well Examination and Verification

4.8 Well Examination and Verification

Discussion of the key aspects of the well examination and verification process.

5. Operations Execution

5. Operations Execution

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5. Operations Execution

5. Operations Execution

Eight modules exploring the operations and equipment fundamental to upstream activity.

5.1 Drilling Operations

5.1 Drilling Operations

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5.1 Drilling Operations

5.1 Drilling Operations

Learners will explore the essential elements of all parts of a drilling operation and look into how common hole problems are managed.

5.2 Testing and Completion Operations

5.2 Testing and Completion Operations

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5.2 Testing and Completion Operations

5.2 Testing and Completion Operations

An introduction to the key aspects of testing and completion operations including formation evaluation, testing and completion running.

5.3 Drilling and Rig Equipment

5.3 Drilling and Rig Equipment

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5.3 Drilling and Rig Equipment

5.3 Drilling and Rig Equipment

This module explores the most commonly used types of drilling and rig equipment, their functions and associated services.

5.4 Land Rigs

5.4 Land Rigs

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5.4 Land Rigs

5.4 Land Rigs

Discussion of the main types of land rig, common components and how operations are carried out.

5.5 Jack-up Rigs

5.5 Jack-up Rigs

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5.5 Jack-up Rigs

5.5 Jack-up Rigs

Learners will explore the design principals of a jack-up rig, unique equipment and operations.

5.6  Moored Rigs

5.6 Moored Rigs

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5.6  Moored Rigs

5.6 Moored Rigs

An introduction to moored rigs including the mooring system and the importance of site surveying.

5.7 Dynamically Positioned Rigs

5.7 Dynamically Positioned Rigs

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5.7 Dynamically Positioned Rigs

5.7 Dynamically Positioned Rigs

This module explores the unique aspects of DP rigs and the technology behind Dynamically Positioned systems.

5.8 Management of Change

5.8 Management of Change

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5.8 Management of Change

5.8 Management of Change

Discussion of how risk and change is assessed and adequately documented.

6. Project Close-out

6. Project Close-out

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6. Project Close-out

6. Project Close-out

Two modules covering the steps taken to transfer from the upstream to mid and downstream phases of operation.

6.1 Project Close-Out

6.1 Project Close-Out

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6.1 Project Close-Out

6.1 Project Close-Out

Learners will explore the procedures and operations required to close out an upstream operation.

6.2 Well Integrity Management

6.2 Well Integrity Management

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6.2 Well Integrity Management

6.2 Well Integrity Management

Discussion of what well integrity is, common well integrity concepts and the importance of well integrity throughout the well lifecycle.

7. Specialised Applications

7. Specialised Applications

7.1 Unconventional Gas

7.1 Unconventional Gas

7.2  Unconventional Oil

7.2 Unconventional Oil

7.3 Arctic Drilling

7.3 Arctic Drilling

7.4 Deepwater

7.4 Deepwater

7.5 Extended Reach

7.5 Extended Reach

7.6 HPHT

7.6 HPHT

8. Exams

8. Exams

8.1 Operations

8.1 Operations

8.2 Process

8.2 Process

8.3 Design

8.3 Design

8.4 Planning

8.4 Planning

8.5 Well Integrity

8.5 Well Integrity

8.6 Completion Design

8.6 Completion Design

Level 2

Advanced training for engineers, by engineers

Launching winter 2018, 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-word responses to questions and results in exams.

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