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2010 - 2011 General Catalog

 

 

Course Descriptions

Oil and Gas Production Technology (OGPT)

101:
Introduction to the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 99 or MATH 102.
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 99 or MATH 102. An introduction to the various aspects of oil and gas industry including equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations, and the related scientific principles. Addresses the process of oil and gas production including origins of oil and gas; exploration; leasing; drilling; testing and completing wells; stimulating reservoirs; reservoir production; controlling the well; lifting; recovery; separation; storing and measuring; and special problems. Students will be able to prioritize activities associated with these processes; read and analyze charts and diagrams; and calculate downhole volumes, displacements, and pressures.
103:
Drilling Complex Wells. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 102. Prerequisite: OGPT 101 and PHSC 111.
A study of practices and procedures that is involved in complex drilling operations. Topics on drilling geology; oil and gas generation; migration, and reservoirs; planning and drilling an exploratory or developmental well; rig selection and rig equipment; drill bits; drilling fluids; conventional and non-conventional drilling; casing and cementing; fishing; evaluation; well control; managing drilling operations; drilling problems and solutions. Introduction to the fracturing process and mechanics including practical fracture design; fracturing fluid additives and proppant; strengths and limitations of fracturing applications; production increase; factors involved in field implementation; acid fracturing vs. proppant fracturing; frac packs; waterfracs; fracturing in horizontal wells; QA/QC of fracturing treatments; and evaluation of fracturing treatment success. Practice is provided in volume calculations, hydrostatic pressures, formations pressures, and analyzing problems in downhole drilling operations. Key management issues such as safety, the environment, costs, and regulations are also covered.
107:
Recovery and Production Methods. (3-3-0)
Oil and gas recovery and production methods. End-of-Course Outcomes: Describe natural flow and artificial lift methods; identify the components of lift systems; and describe basic recovery methods.
117:
Natural Gas Processing I. (3-3-0)
An overview of natural gas processing operations. Fundamentals of gas processing, the scientific principles and how they apply to the process, processing equipment, and procedures from raw material to the refined product. End-of-Course Outcomes: Describe the basic components of processing equipment; and explain various gas plant operational procedures.
124:
Oil and Gas Instrumentation. (3-3-0)
Study of instruments, instrument systems, terminology, process variables, and control coops as used in an oil and gas environment. End-of-Course Outcomes: Describe the basic instrumentation used in modern process control; identify the basic instruments used with temperature, pressure, levels, flow, and analytical applications; and describe the basic components of a control loop.
131:
Well Completions and Workovers. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 103. Prerequisite: OGPT 101.
Topics covered include completion design process; reservoir parameters and hydrostatics; safety and regulations; well performance; service rig equipment; wellbore and completion equipment; elastomers; tubing and threads; perforating and gun performance; artificial lift equipment; completion and workover fluids; well testing; formation damage; stimulation; cased hole logs; primary and remedial cementing; sand scale and hydrates; wireline, coiled tubing, snubbing, and fishing; program preparation and supervision. Students will learn to calculate production and completion data; and develop a plan of action for completing and working over a well.
150:
Regulatory Issues for the Oil and Gas Industry. (2-2-0)
Prerequisite: OGPT 101. Prerequisite or corequisite: OGPT 103 and OGPT 131.
Topics covered include U.S. EPA Oil and Gas Extraction Industry compliance requirements; U. S. Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement requirements; U.S. Department of Interior Minerals Management Service (or its subsequent replacement) regulations; U.S. Department of Energy regulations; U.S. Department of Transportation regulations; Louisiana State Department of Natural Resources applicable Louisiana Administrative Code; Louisiana State Department of Environmental Quality regulations for air quality, hazardous waste, inactive and abandoned sites, water quality, and underground storage tanks; and other federal and state rules and regulations which are applicable to the industry.
203:
Oil and Gas Instrumentation and Lab. (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 131 and TEED 153.
Study of the selection, application, calibration and usage of: modern measurement systems; and instrument systems, terminology, process variables, and control loops as used in an oil and gas environment. A variety of measurands and transducer types are covered, as well as signal conditioning, recording and analysis. Students will be able to describe the basic instrumentation used in modern process control; identify the basic instruments used with temperature, pressure, levels, flow, and analytical applications; and describe the basic components of a control loop. Students will practice selecting optimum transducer, amplifier, recording and readout devices to assemble a system for routine measurements.
205:
OSHA/Oil and Gas Regulations. (3-3-0)
A study of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations pertinent to the oil and gas industry. This course is also designed to familiarize the student with various regulatory agencies and the legal requirements that they place upon oil field development and operation. The course emphasizes how regulations affect daily activities and what precautions can be taken to prevent conflicts. End-of- Course Outcomes: Identify the OSHA regulations which apply to oil and gas industry; and exhibit proficiency in retrieving specific information from Title 29 C.F.R. Part 1910 regulations; identify oilfield regulations and legal issues.
207:
Production and Recovery I (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 131 and ENGL 101.
This course provides an in-depth study of the steps in the exploration, drilling, completion, production, and workover process with a focus on the testing, analysis, and decision-making at each step. Analytical processes covered will include analogy, volumetric analysis, decline analysis, material balance, mathematical modeling, and end of production decline curve. Testing during drilling covered will include seismic, drill stem test, core, open hole log, cement bond log, sidewall cores, and RFT. Testing post perforation covered will include log analysis/core analysis, pressure information, owner's objective vs. findings comparison. Students will learn to use the data to prepare an estimate for the performance of a well. Producing wells will be examined using bottom-hole pressures, monthly production charts, decline curve projections, and banking reports. Wells which have been exhausted at current depth will be evaluated for rework including secondary processes. Well record books will be prepared by the students and used to evaluate typical well types over the life of the well.
217:
Production and Recovery II (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 131 and ENGL 101.
Continuation of OGPT 207 - Production and Recovery, Part One, this course provides an in-depth study and analysis of the various problems associated with the producing wellbore. Students discuss and evaluate the economics of working over an oil or gas well. Basic procedures of oil and gas well servicing, plugging, reentry, equipment needs and maintenance programs are covered. Students will perform basic calculations, interpret wellbore schematics, prepare a schedule and select procedures, organize and evaluate information, and design an economical plan for working over an oil or gas well. Additionally, on-site processing will be explained. Equipment and procedures for processing and transportation will be examined. Safety issues regarding processing, handling and transportation will be addressed.
221:
Natural Gas Processing and Lab (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 131 and ENGL 101.
Study and practice of natural gas processing operations. Fundamentals of gas processing; the scientific principles and how they apply; gas plant processing equipment; and procedures from raw material to the refined product. Students will be able to demonstrate competency in use of the basic components of processing equipment and demonstrate various gas plant operational procedures. Gas processing fundamentals are covered, including terminology; chemistry of oil and gas; technical fundamentals, e.g. physical properties and phase behavior; hydrates and hydrate inhibition; gas dehydration; gas sweetening and sulfur recovery; acid gas reinjection; natural gas liquids and dew point control; nitrogen rejection and helium recovery; and gas process engineering fluid principles.
223:
Natural Gas Production. (3-3-0)
An overview of the aspects of natural gas and oil production including various aspects of hydrocarbon production, processing equipment, and gas compression/transportation systems. End-of- Course Outcomes: Describe gas well and casing head testing and metering systems; calculate gas volumes; describe the basic principles of hydrocarbon production; and identify the basic components of processing equipment.
231:
Well Completions. (3-3-0)
Drilling and wellbore analysis data to develop a well completion plan. End-of- Course Outcomes: Calculate production and completion data; and develop a plan of action for completing a well.
260:
Computer Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: 15 hours of study in OGPT, TEED or ISAF prefixes.
A study of the history, fundamentals, terminology, and software for different petroleum applications such as SCADA based: Electronic Flow / Production Measurement; RTU and RTU Packages; Alarm Callout; Plunger Lift / Production; Optimization; Remote Site Communications; Remote Well Testing. Includes projecting income from a producing oil or gas well using a computer simulation.
270:
Cooperative Education. (3-0-20) (16 weeks)
Prerequisite: 15 hours of study in OGPT, TEED or ISAF prefixes.
Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student works alongside persons who are performing the job tasks required for the area of specialization. Students will learn to apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.
280:
Internship. (3-0-32) (8 weeks)
Prerequisite: 15 hours of study in OGPT, TEED or ISAF prefixes.
Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student works alongside persons who are performing the job tasks required for the area of specialization. Students will learn to apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

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