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.
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.
From Exploration to Drilling (3 hours)
Understanding reservoirs, seismic, drilling operations, logging,completions, artificial lift and enhanced oil recovery
Lecture 2: MODUs, MOPUs, Offshore Platforms, FPSOs, Pipelines and Construction Equipment (2 hours)
Examples of each are presented and their differences explained
Lecture 3: Facilities Orientation (2 hours)
Goal of a facility, typical projects, controlling the process, stage separation, backpressure on wells, gas lift
Lecture 4: Oilfield Process Selection and Separation (2 hours)
Horizontal and vertical two phase and three phase separators
Lecture 5: Treating Oil (2 hours)
Treating oil, desalting
Lecture 6: Treating Produced Water (2 hours)
Skimmers, gas flotation, hydrocyclones, filters, deaeration of surface water
Lecture 7: Hydrates (2 hours)
Hydrate inhibition, MEG reclamation, line heaters, heat exchangers
Lecture 8: Gas Dehydration, Treating and Processing (2 hours)
Glycol systems, absorption systems, gas treating, gas plants
Lecture 9: Pumps & Compressors (2 hours)
Lecture 10: Design for Piping and Relief Systems (2 hours)
Pressure breaks, line size and wall thickness, relief valve sizing considerations, relief systems
Lecture 11: Design for Safety (2 hours)
Principles for a safe design, drain systems, human factors
Lecture 12: Lessons from Piper Alpha and Other Disasters (2 hours)
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.
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.