Oilfields 101

Oilfields 101

August 28, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Great course. Broad understanding of the oilfield.” – Senior Civil Engineering Manager, Antero Resources

“Pete did a great job of explaining the fundamentals of oil and gas in a vocabulary for non-technical people.” – Discovery Natural Resources

“Pete was a great speaker and made the course engaging and enjoyable. As someone who is new to the oil and gas industry, it was incredibly helpful to learn from an industry expert.” – Antero Resources

This course equips new hires and those needing a refresher with a comprehensive understanding of the oilfield industry. Attendees will explore its history, essential terms, and current challenges, gaining confidence to engage in discussions about oilfield operations and market dynamics.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Oilfields: History and key milestones, Essential terminology, Major organizations
  2. Geology: Petroleum geology basics, Geological surveys and data interpretation
  3. Drilling Wells:  Methods and technologies, Well design and construction, Safety and risk management
  4. Completions: Well completion methods, Stimulation and enhanced recovery techniques
  5. Market Value Chain: Upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors, Market dynamics and price factors, Supply chain management
  6. Storage: Types of storage facilities, Inventory management strategies
  7. Importing and Exporting: Global trade routes and key players, Regulatory frameworks
  8. Oilfield Tools: Drilling and production equipment, Maintenance and upgrades
  9. Environmental Regulations: Environmental impact assessment, Compliance with laws and regulations
  10. Current Challenges and Future Trends, Market volatility and regulatory changes, Technological advancements and sustainability

Learning Outcomes

  • Review oilfield fundamentals and history, including composition, refined oil products, types of oils, regulations, and planning
  • Examine the role of reservoir engineers and geologists in terms of technical and leadership expectations in economics, analysis, evaluation, and more
  • Discuss drilling wells and how the mechanical process is performed
  • Discover how oil is produced from a reservoir and discuss the testing, acidizing, drilling, and fracking processes
  • Analyze the oil market value chain and how it plays into US, Canada, and Global markets
  • Identify the different types of crude oil storage and midstream activities when it comes to locations, above vs. below ground, operations, and environmental reviews
  • Assess today’s challenges and how oilfields fit into discussions on climate change, environmental regulations and reforms, and decarbonization



Wednesday, August 28, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Oilfield Fundamentals

  • Oil Composition
  • Oil, Wet Natural Gas, and Dry Natural Gas
  • Distinguishing Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream
  • LPGs – Liquid Petroleum Gases
  • NGLs – Natural Gas Liquids
  • Refined Oil Products – Gasoline, Diesel, Jet Fuel, etc.
  • Types of Organizations Involved in the Oilfield
  • Various Types of Oils
  • Benefits, Global Market, and Terminology
  • Measurements and Conversions

Oil Industry History & Overview

  • Spindle Top
  • 1800’s – Standard Oil – Breakup to the Current Oil Giants
  • OPEC
  • Oil Tankers
  • US Importing and Exporting
  • US and Global Regulations
  • Recognizing Surface Facilities and Subsurface (Downhole) Activities
  • Schedules and the Planning Processes Used in the Industry

Oil Reservoirs and Geology

  • Role of Reservoir Engineers and Geologist: Both Technical and Leadership
  • Economics, Planning, CAPEX, and OPEX
  • Determining Where to Drill, Infill Spacing, Injection, and Similar Activities
  • Logging, Reservoir Evaluation, Correlation, and Log Analysis
  • What Data Do We Get from Logs and What Is It Used for?
  • 3D Models and New Technology
  • Reserves Estimation and Secondary Recovery
  • Why Do We Need It and What Does It Entail?

Drilling Wells

  • How is the Mechanical Process Performed?
  • Circulation and Drilling Mud
  • Casing and Cement – What Are They Used For?
  • What is an Annulus, Fluidity, and Isolation?
  • Data Acquisition and Deciphering Reports
  • How and Why Do They Drill Horizontal Laterals?


  • What is a “Completion”?
  • Types of Completions
  • Perforated or Cased?
  • Fractured, Slotted Liners, and Gravel Pack
  • Oilfield Tools: Hammers and Wrenches
  • Packers and Bridge Plugs
  • Sleeves and Frac Ports


  • How is Oil Produced from a Reservoir?
  • Operations Examples
  • Oil Well Testing and Pulling Wells
  • Mechanical and Operation Reliability and Failures
  • Acidizing
  • Waterflood, Steam, and Carbon Dioxide Injection
  • Artificial Lift and Why It Is Needed
  • Types of Pumping Units
  • Long Stroke and Traditional Units
  • Rods, Balls, and Seats
  • Plunger Lift and Gas Lift
  • Submersible Electric Pumps
  • Drilling Technology
  • Hydraulic Fracking

The Oil Market Value Chain Overview

  • The Oil Industry Value Chain
  • Major Oil Plays in US, Canada, and Global
  • Oil Wells and the Different Types of Standards of Oil
  • LPGs and Their Importance
  • Conventional and Unconventional Drilling
  • Costs of Drilling and Fracking


  • What is a “Completion”?
  • Plugging and Abandonment
  • Well Summary and Well History Reports
  • Squeeze Cementing Reports

Crude Oil Storage and Midstream Activities

  • Different Types of Storage and Location
  • Above Ground and Below Ground
  • Operations and Storage Development
  • Oil Gathering, Transportation, and Refining
  • US Oil Reserve
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Pipeline Planning, Shippers, and Construction Costs
  • Environmental Reviews of Oil Pipelines and Federal & State Regulators

Oil Industry Challenges Today

  • Climate Change
  • Presidential Election and Ban on Drilling in Federal Lands
  • FERC’s 1999 Pipeline Policy Statement
  • Landowner Opposition and Eminent Domain
  • Opposition by the States and Environmental Groups
  • Keep It In the Ground and the Green New Deal
  • Environmental Regulation and Reforms
  • Decarbonization


Pete Berzins, Energy Market Leader, WGA Consulting Engineers 

Pete Berzins has broad experience in various sectors of the energy Industry. This includes project management and design from preliminary engineering report (PER) preparation to design of meter stations, compressor facilities, processing plants, pipelines containing natural gas or liquid petroleum products, HDDs, and underground utilities. Mr. Berzins has also performed specification preparation, subcontractor oversight, utility coordination, inspections, and construction oversight/support.

Prior to his time at WGA Consulting, Mr. Berzins worked as the Senior Director of Oil & Gas at TTL. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance and International Business from University of Houston.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Oilfields 101

August 28, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

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Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

New Oil Industry Employees, Energy Industry professionals, and Gas Industry professionals wanting to learn more about the oil industry

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