By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Upstream Operations
February 24-25, 2020 | Houston, TX

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Oil and gas is a global industry that faces constant pressure to change and innovate. This dynamic nature is especially true for upstream operations. This area of the industry, also called exploration and production, involves all well-related activities. Technological advances like horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized operations and created a production boom in North America. Any successful professional in the oil and gas industry must possess a real world understanding of the planning and field operations required to produce hydrocarbons. This is especially true for new employees, who find it difficult to advance without this basic knowledge. This course provides a comprehensive overview of upstream operations. Instructed by Robert Schaaf, an expert with over thirty years of field experience, the participants will gain an appreciation of industry operations and grasp the key issues affecting its development and future.

This training course will provide a thorough overview of upstream operations in the oil and gas industry. The curriculum will cover topics such as: history of exploration and production, geology, drilling operations, and surface equipment. An introduction to technical content will also cover producing a well, stimulation, and enhanced recovery, and the basics of reservoir engineering. Participants will enjoy hands-on experience through a variety of exercises, with the opportunity to exchange views with a diverse group of industry peers. This course will provide a comprehensive foundation of knowledge for the most critical aspect of the oil and gas industry: upstream operations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Review the scope of upstream operations
  2. Explore fossil fuel formation and the discovery process
  3. Examine reservoir engineering and oil/gas reserve classifications
  4. Review the drilling process from spud to completion
  5. Identify various artificial lift techniques for producing oil wells
  6. Study the various means of well stimulation and field enhanced recovery
  7. Develop a basic knowledge of surface facilities design



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course.

Instructional Methods 

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used. 


Monday, February 24, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon 

Overview and History 

  • Upstream operations overview 
  • History of upstream operations 

Geology of Oil and Gas Fields

  • How is oil formed
  • Subsurface structures
  • Oil/Gas production rock types
  • The oil exploration process

Oil and Gas Drilling Operations

  • Review the steps of the drilling process
  • Elements of a drilling rig
  • Directional drilling
  • Overview of drilling mud, casing, coring, logging, cementing, and perforating

Producing an Oil Well

  • Review of various types of artificial lift

Stimulation, Waterflooding, and Enhanced Recovery to Improve Hydrocarbon Recovery

  • Acidizing and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
  • Hydraulic fracturing process 
  • Waterflooding
  • Review of steaming operations to improve oil recovery
  • Other types of enhanced recovery 

Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs

  • Oil and gas production from shale formations
  • Other types of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs that are being produced

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing 

Oil and Gas Reservoir Engineering

  • How to estimate how much oil is in the ground and how much can be produced
  • Types of oil and gas reserves
  • Oil reservoir drive mechanisms

Oil Field Surface Operations

  • Review of equipment used in the oil field
  • The oil treatment system used to process marketable crude
  • Natural gas processing

Well Abandonments

  • An overview of the process to properly abandon an oil or gas well

Economics of Oil and Gas Operations

  • Review of economic parameters
  • Introduction to probabilistic economics


Robert Schaaf 

Robert is an industry expert with more than 30 years of experience in the oil production and exploration industry. He has held technical and leadership positions worldwide with Gulf Oil, Chevron International, Aera Energy, and Occidental Petroleum. Included in his background is the development of oil fields in the USA, West Africa, and the Middle East. In Angola, he took an offshore exploration discovery to first production in under 18 months. He has provided technical assistance to the Kuwait Oil Company on the world’s second largest oil field, Burgan.

Robert is the Chair of the Los Angeles Basin Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a former Chair of the Huntington Beach Environmental Board.  


Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area

3021 sage road

Houston, TX 77056

Reserve your room:

please call 1-800-445-8667

Mention the group code FU0223

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 23 – 24, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$175.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 3, 2020.


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