SPEI - Introduction to Facilities Engineering Lecture Series

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.

Location: SPEI Houston Training Center
10777 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , TX 77042

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 11:30 a.m. - Sept. 5, 2012, 1:30 p.m.