Sept. 5, 2012


Choose any of the 4 groups or choose all 12 lectures:


Introduction to Facilities Engineering is a series of lectures held during the lunch hour at the SPE Houston training center. These lectures cover topics to familiarize engineers and non-engineers with the principles of production operations and equipment commonly used in the oilfield, with specific emphasis on offshore. Lunch is included and served at 1100, and lectures begin at 1130.

At the end of the series attendees should have a general appreciation of how production facilities fit into the overall scheme for developing oil and gas fields, the different pieces of equipment used in typical facilities, how they work, and how they are assembled into a system. Sizing, design equations, specifications, and costs of equipment and piping systems are beyond the scope of this course.

Pricing and
Package Options

Lectures are available to purchase in packages grouped according to related topic. You can also save up to USD 450 by purchasing the entire 12-lecture series.

Non Member
Entire Series (all 12 lectures)
USD 2200
USD 3000
Lectures 1-2: Introduction
USD 550
USD 750

5 September

From Exploration to Drilling (3 hours)
Understanding reservoirs, seismic, drilling operations, logging,completions, artificial lift and enhanced oil recovery

19 September

Lecture 2: MODUs, MOPUs, Offshore Platforms, FPSOs, Pipelines and Construction Equipment (2 hours)
Examples of each are presented and their differences explained

Lectures 3-6: Oil and Water Handling
USD 800
USD 1000

3 October

Lecture 3: Facilities Orientation (2 hours)
Goal of a facility, typical projects, controlling the process, stage separation, backpressure on wells, gas lift

17 October

Lecture 4: Oilfield Process Selection and Separation (2 hours)
Horizontal and vertical two phase and three phase separators

31 October

Lecture 5: Treating Oil (2 hours)
Treating oil, desalting

14 November

Lecture 6: Treating Produced Water (2 hours)
Skimmers, gas flotation, hydrocyclones, filters, deaeration of surface water

Lectures 7-9: Gas Handling
USD 650
USD 850

9 January

Lecture 7: Hydrates (2 hours)
Hydrate inhibition, MEG reclamation, line heaters, heat exchangers

23 January

Lecture 8: Gas Dehydration, Treating and Processing (2 hours)
Glycol systems, absorption systems, gas treating, gas plants

6 February

Lecture 9: Pumps & Compressors (2 hours)
Process considerations

Lectures 10-12 Piping and Safety
USD 650
USD 850

20 February

Lecture 10: Design for Piping and Relief Systems (2 hours)
Pressure breaks, line size and wall thickness, relief valve sizing considerations, relief systems

6 March

Lecture 11: Design for Safety (2 hours)
Principles for a safe design, drain systems, human factors

20 March

Lecture 12: Lessons from Piper Alpha and Other Disasters (2 hours)


Why attend?

You will be able to better understand how to choose amongst various equipment types, what to look for in solving operating problems and modifying existing designs, how to better understand and question vendor claims, and how to choose a system which meets life cycle objectives.

Who should

These lectures are designed specifically to address the day-to-day needs of practicing engineers and managers who want to know more about the basic theory, details of selection, and design of production facilities.


0.1 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for each hour with a maximum of 2.5 CEUs for the entire 12-lecture series.

Featured Speakers

Speaker Kenneth E. Arnold

Senior Technical Advisor


Kenneth E. Arnold has over 45 years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil Company. He founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which was purchased by AMEC in 2005. Arnold retired from AMEC in 2007 and is currently Senior …

Senior Technical Advisor


instrctor mugshotKenneth E. Arnold has over 45 years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil Company. He founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which was purchased by AMEC in 2005. Arnold retired from AMEC in 2007 and is currently Senior Technical Advisor for WorleyParsons and an independent consultant providing project management, facilities engineering and engineering management consulting to the oil and gas industry.  He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

Arnold is on the Board of SPE as Vice President of Finance and was SPE’s first Technical Director for Projects, Facilities and Construction. He is on the editorial board of SPE’s Oil & Gas Facilities magazine and recently chaired a national research council report on measuring the effectiveness of offshore safety and environmental management systems. 

Arnold is co-author of two textbooks and over 50 technical articles on project management and facilities design. He has twice been chosen as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and was named 2003 Houston Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Arnold has taught facilities engineering at the University of Houston and is a recipient of the SPE Public Service Award, the SPE DeGolyer Medal, and the SPE Production Engineering Award.

He has received an American Petroleum Institute citation for his work in promoting offshore safety and was recognized by the Offshore Energy Center in 2009 for his pioneering work in helping to develop API RP 14C. He is a registered professional engineer and serves on the advisory board of the engineering schools of both Tulane University and Cornell University, and is a Trustee of Southwest Research Institute. Arnold earned his BCE degree from Cornell University and MS degree in civil engineering from Tulane University.

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Cindy Davis

Date and Time

Wed, Sept. 5, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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