N602 - Introduction to the Upstream Petroleum Industry

Course Overview
The Upstream Petroleum Industry is a complex mixture of technical and non-technical disciplines.  A consequence is that many people employed with oil companies, and related businesses which service the oil industry, do not understand the basic fundamentals and terminology.  

This popular two-day course is designed to familiarize non-technical personnel in the petroleum and related government, financial, legal, and service industries with the basics of the upstream (E and P) petroleum industry via slide presentations and video clips.. The course will provide an overview of the key aspects of the upstream petroleum industry, including exploration, risk factors, drilling, production, unconventional resources, reserve estimations and the history of the oil price. 

Participants will learn to:  
•	Understand the key technical activities and business drivers of the upstream oil and gas industry.
•	Use appropriate terminology to communicate intelligently with company colleagues.
•	Discuss the role of regulatory agencies in oil and gas development.
•	Discuss recent trends in the industry, including the role of resource plays and the impact of changing
        oil and gas prices.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
7-Oct-19 Houston (2 days) $ 1,950 USD
21-Oct-19 Calgary (2 days) $ 1,695 CAD
Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Understanding the Petroleum Industry
  • Basic Geology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Exploration Fundamentals
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Mineral Rights, Leasing and Land
  • Drilling the Well
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Well Completion
  • Directional and Horizontal Drilling
  • Production
  • Non-conventional Resources
  • Reserves and Resources
  • The Oil Price

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Easton Wren received a B.Sc.(Hons) in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His professional experience includes positions with Ray Geophysical Company in Libya, the United Nations in Uganda, Amoco Canada and PanCanadian Petroleum in Calgary. He founded Petrel Consultants, has been an Independent Consultant and is recently retired as Exploration Vice President and a Director of Americas Petrogas Inc., a Calgary company with oil and gas operations in Argentina and a large potash/phosphate project in Peru. He is also a Director of International SoftRock Oil Company with assets in Arizona and Cameroon, West Africa. Dr. Wren has lectured at U.S. and Canadian universities and has presented industry-oriented courses in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, S.E. Asia and Australasia. He was President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and received Honorary Membership. He is the author of several published papers on seismic processing and interpretation and is a past editor of the Journal of the C.S.E.G. In 1987 he was the Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists(AAPG) and is an active member of S.E.G., C.S.E.G., and A.P.E.G.G.A. He was the producer and host of CFAC-TV Calgary's "Science Spectrum" documentary programme.

Training Venue

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Participant Evaluations
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October 17, 2018, Sr. Admin Assistant - Global Exploration, Calgary
This was an excellent overview of the key aspects of the Upstream Petroleum industry.
October 17, 2018, Land Analyst, Calgary
It can be boring for people who has years of experience in the oil industry, particularly in Land and D&C group.
September 13, 2017, Data Specialist, Calgary
A great introduction for people in the oil & gas industry
September 19, 2017, Manager, Calgary
The Introduction to the Upstream Petroleum Industry Course was exactly what I was looking for to learn about the industry as I take on a new role. The instructor was not only informative, but engaging as well! I would recommend this anyone wanting to learn more about the industry!
December 3, 2015, Economist, Calgary
Excellent high level overview of the upstream oil and gas industry from history, geology, geography, to extraction, and economics. I would definitely recommend this course!
December 9, 2015, BD Rep, Calgary
This was a good overview that provided just the right amount of detail (in my opinion). It was worth finding the time for.
October 14, 2015, CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR I, Houston
I feel that the instructor had a lot of knowledge of the oil and gas industry and was able explain subjects clearly to the students. I was impressed with Dr. Wren's energy and passion and the way he encourage the students to participate/interact in the class. Great instructor!
October 19, 2015, Senior CSR Specialist, Houston
Easton Wren provided an exceptional overview of the upstream industry that was very easy for a non-technical person to understand. The personal stories he included in the presentation added depth and a whole other level of insight into the training. Will definitely suggest this course and specifically this instructor to my colleagues.
May 19, 2015, Receptionist, Calgary
Easton does an excellent job providing an overview of the industry. I would highly recommend this course, I really enjoyed it.
May 20, 2015, Executive Assistant, Calgary
This was a great overview and I will recommend it to anyone who works in Oil & Gas, particularly admins and those who are not geologists or engineers.
February 26, 2015, Sr. Human Resources Rep, Houston
As an HR professional in the Oil & Gas industry, I wanted to have a better understanding of the business. This course was extremely interesting and very informative. I am now able to discuss aspects of the upstream petroleum industry which were previously unknown to me. I recommend this course to anyone looking to gain a better understanding of the Oil & Gas business.
February 26, 2015, Project Engineer, Houston
I will recommend this courses for all non-petroleum engineers and other technical personel working in oil&gas industry. COurse gives very broad understanding of Upstream industry.
December 11, 2014, Sr. Procurement Specialist, Houston
Dr. Wren is an awesome instructor; I highly recommend taking his course(s).
December 16, 2014, Supply Chain Specialist, Houston
The instructor was excellent, with huge knowledge of the industry and with great experience. Make the course easy to follow and easy to absorb the information,
October 14, 2014, Executive Assistant - Engineering, Calgary
Easton was a fantastic instructor, he kept myself and the class very engaged and interested the entire time. We covered a rather large amount of material and because of the way it was taught I was able to retain an incredibly significant amount of the material. I would highly reccommend this course to others.
October 14, 2014, HR Assistant - Relocation & Expatriate Services, HR - Business Advisory & EE Mobility, Calgary
Excellent course on upstream basics. This course provides a good understanding of the oil and gas industry using a variety of visuals, videos, and charts. Other courses that I have taken in the past have not been as engaging or versitile in accommodating to various learning types. The course material was not facilitated in a dry, monotone manner. Would highly recommed this course.
October 16, 2014, Project Engineer, Calgary
Very good introductory course.
October 27, 2014, Reliability Program Developer, Calgary
This is an excellent training overview in understanding the fundamentals of Upstream Petroleum Industry and its basic processes
October 8, 2014, Human Resources Analyst, Houston
Great overview of the upstream story. This training course does a nice job of providing detail without going too deep into the technical.
October 8, 2014, Senior System Analyst, Houston
Best training class I have taken in quite some time. I really enjoyed how Dr.Wren made a very technical subject easy to understand to a non-technical audience. Great Job!
October 8, 2014, Interim PGL, Houston
This course is great for those interested in learning how the oil and gas industry got it's start and where it is now. This would be helpful for those unfamiliar with the production process or individuals looking to get a better understanding of how oil and gas are produced.