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SPE WA Masterclass on Reservoir and Production Engineering Surveillance & Management

March 20, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

$60.00 – $80.00


Pro-active RE/PE Surveillance is the practice of observing and analyzing historic and real-time pressure, rate & temperature data, understanding the performance of a well/reservoir (and how/why it may be changing), then managing the well to maximize the NPV and/or reserves recovery. This training will cover the basic skill sets that are required to be an effective surveillance expert.

The following topics will be covered:

  1. What to measure & how to measure pressure, temperature, and rates
  2. The physics-based engineering equations to use to calculate:
    a. Reservoir volumes (In-place, connected and mobile)
    b. Skin, permeability, productivity index
    c. Pressure-drop in a pipe or elsewhere in the flow system
  3. How to work with automation and when to analyze things manually
  4. How to hunt for ways to enhance production

While nothing can match the experience of just looking at lots of data, with these tools and philosophies, an attentive engineer can quickly become effective at pro-active surveillance. The focus of this session will be on high-rate conventional wells. We will also present some material on the surveillance of US shale wells.


Chris Fair received his BS in Chemical Engineering (1994) and his MS in Petroleum Engineering (1997) from the University of Houston. During his time in school, he worked in various positions in the chemical industry and oil patch. These included roles in process operations, project/design engineering, PVT and fluid mechanics research, sales engineering, process control and instrumentation, downhole nuclear tool testing (both in the laboratory and in the field), and laboratory instruction in process control, technical writing, and chemical engineering practices (basically, how not to get “blow’d-up” in a chemical plant). In 1997, he joined Data Retrieval Corporation (the SPIDR folks). While there he worked on expanding the range & types of wells that could be effectively tested from the surface, and worked on increasing the company’s markets, both in the US and overseas. In 2005, he started Oilfield Data Services, Inc., a reservoir/production engineering consulting firm that specializes in Automated Reservoir and Production Engineering Surveillance.  Outside of his “day-job”, he sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus.

Event Run Sheet

  • Registration open from 8:30 am
  • Mastercalss start from 9:00 am
  • Mastercalss finish at 1:00 pm


SPE Members:                                $60.00

Non-members:                                 $80.00


March 20, 2023
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
$60.00 – $80.00


Pamelia Hilton Hotel
14 Mill St
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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(08) 9215 2000
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