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1000 Level Courses

1305. Engineering Analysis I (3). Corequisites: MATH 1451. Introduction to engineering fundamentals, dimensions, units, and conversions. Synthesis and analysis of typical engineering problems. Introduction to the use of computers, computing, and structured programming. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

2000 Level Course

2322. Petroleum Methods (3). Prerequisites: MATH 2450; PHYS 2401; CHEM 1307/1107; ME 2322; CE 2301 or ME 2301, 3.0 GPA. Corequisites: CE 3305, ME 3370. Introduction to petroleum engineering and the close relationships of geology, exploration, formation evaluation, drilling, production, and reservoir. A Saturday lab/fieldtrip is required to pass the course. Time arrangements will be discussed during class time.

3000 Level Courses

3105. Petroleum Field Trip (1). Prerequisite: PETR 2322, 3.0 GPA, petroleum engineering majors only. Corequisites: PETR 3302, 3402, 4303; GEOL 4334. Weekend field trip to study geological outcroppings and experience oil operations. A Saturday lab/fieldtrip is required to pass the course. Time arrangements will be discussed during class time.

3302. Reservoir Fluid Properties Design (3). Prerequisites: Petroleum engineering majors only; a grade of C or higher in MATH 2450, PETR 1305 and 2322, CHEM 1307, PHYS 2401, CE 3305 or ME 3370, and ME 2322; 3.0 GPA; PETR major or departmental approval. Corequisites: PETR 3402, 4303, 3105. Design of reservoir fluid properties, including PVT behavior of hydrocarbon systems. Investigation of the nature, methods of estimation, and use of reservoir fluid properties. Laboratory PVT demonstrations. (Design Course)

3304. Formation Evaluation (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 2401, MATH 2450, PETR 2322, GEOL 4324, 3.0 GPA. Corequisites: PETR 3306, 3401; ENCO 3350. Evaluation of sub-surface formation petrophysical properties using mud logs, wireline logs, cores and wireline formation tests to determine rock type, porosity, permeability, and hydrocarbon content.

3306. Reservoir Engineering (3). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 3302, 3402, 4303; PHYS 2401; and MATH 3350 with a C or higher; department approval. Corequisites: PETR 3401, 3304; ENCO 3350. Understanding the fundamentals of fluid flow through porous media, reservoir types and recovery mechanisms. Estimation of hydrocarbon in place for oil and gas reservoirs. Application of material balance calculations for various reservoir types and applications of fluid flow through porous media in predicting production performance.

3401. Petroleum Development Design (4). Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MATH 2450, PETR 1305 and 2322, PHYS 2401, CE 3305 or ME 3370, and ME 2322; PETR major or departmental approval. Corequisites: PETR 3304, 3306; ENCO 3350. Rotary drilling; well completion practices, including casing, cementing, hydraulics, perforating, workover design and rheology lab. Design and use of equipment. (Design Course)

3402. Reservoir Rock Properties (4). Prerequisites: ENGL 1302, PETR 2322, MATH 2450, CE 3305 or ME 3370, and PHYS 2401 with a C or higher; 3.0 GPA; department approval. Corequisite: PETR 3105, 3302, 4303. Understanding the basic properties of reservoir rocks and how they relate to the storage and production of oil and gas. Important concepts such as heterogeneity, capillary pressure, relative permeability, resistivity are included as part of the course. The course is complemented by relevant lab experiments where the students get hands-on experience measuring some of the single and multiphase flow properties of reservoir rocks. (Writing Intensive)Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4000. Special Studies in Petroleum Engineering (V1-6). Prerequisites: department and instructor consent, 3.0 GPA. Individual studies in petroleum engineering areas of special interest. Can be used for practical curriculum training, but petroleum engineering majors may not use it as a substitute for PETR 4331 or PETR elective. May be repeated for credit.

4121. Petroleum Design I (1). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402; IE 2311; MATH 3342, 3350; GEOL 1303 or 3324 or 4334; PETR major; 3.0 GPA; department consent. Corequisite: PETR 4300. Design projects characteristic of petroleum engineering, including consideration of cost, design optimization, codes and standards, and ethics. (Writing Intensive)

4222. Petroleum Design II ((2). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402, 4121, 4300. Corequisite: Senior PETR course. Design projects characteristic of petroleum engineering, including consideration of cost, design optimization, codes and standards, and ethics. (Writing Intensive)

4300. Petroleum Property Evaluation and Management (3). Prerequisites: PETR 2322 and 3401, 3304, 3306; IE 2311; GEOL 4334, ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 3342 and 3350 with a C or higher; 3.0 GPA; department approval. Corequisites: PETR 4121. Economic, physical, analytical, and statistical evaluation of hydrocarbon-producing properties, emphasizing relative worth of investments based on engineering judgment, business strategy, and risk analysis using actual oil properties in team projects. (Design course) (Writing Intensive)

4303. Petroleum Production Methods (3). Prerequisites: C or better in PETR 2322, 3302, 3401, 3402; PHYS 2401; MATH 3350; CE 3302 or ME 2302; CE 3305 or ME 3370, 3.0 GPA; departmental approval. Corequisites: PETR 3105, 3302, 3402. Natural flow analysis—reservoir performance (Inflow Performance Ratio), wellbore performance (Tubing Performance Ratio), surface flowline performance (Flow Performance Ratio). Artificial Lift Methods. Wellbore Stimulation–Acidizing, Hydraulic fracturing. (Design Course)

4306. Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes (3). Prerequisites: C or higher in PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402, 4303; GEOL 4334; IE 2311; 3.0 GPA, departmental approval. Corequisites: Senior PETR courses. Introduction to EOR processes mechanisms, frontal advance theory and application, mechanisms of water-flooding and miscible processes and application to reservoir performance prediction.

4307. Drilling Engineering (3). Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402, 4303; PHYS 2401; CE 3303 or ME 3403; CE 3305 or ME 3370; MATH 3342, 3350; GEOL 4334; IE 2311; with a 3.0 GPA. Corequisites: Senior PETR courses. Rotary Drilling systems, drilling mechanism, well planning, blowout and well control, hole deviation, and directional drilling. (Design Course) (Writing Intensive)

4308. Advanced Reservoir Engineering (3). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402, 4303; MATH 3342 and 3350; PHYS 2401 with a C or higher; departmental approval. Corequisites: Senior PETR courses. Fundamental laws, anisotropic, coordinate systems and reservoir geometry, continuity and diffusivity equations, pressure-time-volume relationships. Basic theory of transient flow and testing, type curves, pressure derivative method, buildup, drawdown, interference and reservoir limit tests. Water influx, decline curves analysis, software and reservoir models. Unconventional gas reservoirs.

4309. Well Completion, Production Facilities, and Stimulation (3). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 4314; IE 2311; MATH 3342 and 3350; ME 2322; CE 3302 or ME 2302, and CE 3303 or ME 3403, and CE 3305 or ME 3370 with a C or higher; GEOL 4334; senior standing; departmental approval. Corequisites: Senior PETR courses. Casing and Tubing string design. Special downhole equipment. Wellhead and Choke. Production testing. Production logging and Wellbore diagnostics. Surface facilities–separators, treaters, desalting, storage tanks, gas and oil metering. Well maintenance. (Design Course)

4314. Nodal Analysis (3). Prerequisites: C or higher in PETR 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402; IE 2311; GEOL 4324, 4334; MATH 3342, 3350; 3.0 GPA. Production issues, including fluid reservoirs, near wellbore conditions, well flow performance, perforations, well deliverability, material balance, lift techniques.

4319. Simulation Methods (3). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402, 4300, 4303, 4306; IE 2311; GEOL 3305, 4324; MATH 3342, 3350. The development of unsteady state fluid flow equations for hydrocarbon reservoirs and the application of finite difference methods to obtain solutions to the equations.

4331. Special Problems in Petroleum Engineering (3). Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department, 3.0 GPA. Individual studies in advanced engineering areas of special interests. May be repeated for credit.

4385. Multinational Energy, Environment, Technology and Ethics (3). Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1320; junior or senior standing; departmental approval. Energy use in modern society and the consequences of past, current, and future energy use patterns.

4386. Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production (3). Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1320 or higher; junior or senior standing; departmental approval. Exposes students to both engineering and geological aspects of the petroleum business and enables them to operate in an oil company team environment or independently. A Saturday lab/fieldtrip is required to pass the course. Time arrangements will be discussed during class time.

4405. Natural Gas Engineering (4). Prerequisites: PETR 2322, 3302, 3304, 3306, 3401, 3402; ME 2322; PHYS 2401; MATH 3342 and 3350 with a C or higher; department approval. Corequisites: Senior PETR courses. The production of natural gas and condensate reservoirs; processing, transportation, distribution, and measurement of natural gas and its derivatives. A Saturday lab/fieldtrip is required to pass the course. Time arrangements will be discussed during class time. (Design course)

 

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5000 Level Courses

5000. Studies in Advanced Petroleum Engineering Topics (3). Study of topics of current interest under the guidance of instructional faculty. May be repeated for credit on different topics or areas of interest.

5121. Graduate Seminar (1). Prerequisite: Department approval. Discussions of petroleum engineering research and special industry problems. Required each semester for all graduate students. May be repeated for credit.

5301. Teaching Experience in Petroleum Engineering (3). On-the-job training in teaching petroleum topics. Students prepare and present lectures, grade problem sets, and prepare laboratory experiments. Students and instructor evaluate performance.

5302. Petroleum Environmental Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. A unified treatment of all aspects of petroleum environmental well planning processes, pollution prevention and safety, management practices and self-assessment process, environmental oil and gas law.

5303. Advanced Drilling Techniques (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. A unified treatment of all aspects of well planning and the optimization of oil and gas drilling processes.

5304. Advanced Well Log Analysis (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Methods of analyzing various types of well logs to obtain quantitative hydrocarbon reservoir parameters.

5305. Advanced Formation Evaluation (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Must have graduate standing in petroleum engineering. Application of both conventional and new formation evaluation tools and techniques to non-vertical wells, unconventional reservoirs, and legacy log files.

5306. Advanced Artificial Lift Methods (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Study of the design and analysis of current mechanisms for lifting oil from the reservoir to surface facilities including optimization theory.

5307. Enhanced Oil Recovery (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Fundamental relations governing the displacement of oil in petroleum reservoirs and methods for predicting oil recovery by miscible and immiscible displacement.

5308. Pressure Transient Analysis (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Theory of transient fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs and applications of methods to interpret transient pressure behavior.

5309. Hydrocarbon Reservoir Simulation (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. The development of unsteady state fluid flow equations for hydrocarbon reservoirs and the application of finite difference methods to obtain solutions to the equations.

5310. Advanced Simulation Techniques (3). Treatment of advanced concepts of reservoir simulation for multidimensional, multiphase flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs.

5311. Thermal Oil Recovery (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Study of the recovery of oil by thermal methods, including steam injection and in situ combustion.

5312. Simulation of Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Study of 1D, 2D, 3D, one-, two-, and three-phase simulation modeling of carbon dioxide and thermal recovery applications.

5313. Numerical Applications in Petroleum Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Least squares, solving first and second order partial differential equations; backward, central, forward difference solutions, matrix, Gaussian, Adams, Rung-Kutta solutions.

5314. Nodal Analysis and Well Optimization (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Inflow performance relationships, well design, theory of the reservoir flow, flow restrictions, completion effects, multiphase phase flow, and use of computer programs for complex solutions.

5315. Horizontal Well Technology (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Topics include why horizontal, incremental cost, historical prospective, drilling change, completion modification, production difference, reservoir aspects, pressure transient, and analysis adjustment.

5316. Advanced Production Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Advanced study of production operations, well deliverability, inflow performance, gas lift design, production system analysis and optimization, downhole equipment and surface facilities design.

5317. Well Completion and Stimulation (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Casing string plan; Tubing String plan. Inflow-tubing-and Flowline performance Relationships. Skin calculations for gravel pack, perforation completion, and formation damage. Nodal analysis of well flow. Acid stimulation–matrix, wormhole, cavity and fractured. Borehole extension by hydraulic fracturing, abrasive/jet perforation with CT-unit, fish-bone type multilateral drain holes.

5318. Gas Production Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Design of processing, transportation, distribution, and flow measurement systems; gas storage reservoirs, flow in porous media, tubing, and pipelines; phase behavior of gas condensates; and coal bed methane.

5319. Multiphase Fluid Flow in Pipes (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Introduction to CFD software (simulator), OLGATM. Multi-phase flow vertical, inclined, horizontal conduits. Transient multiphase pipeline flow analysis. Comparison of CFD-steady-state flow and Empirical correlations for vertical and horizontal flows. Multiphase flow metering. Slug flow analysis in pipeline. Concept of flow assurance.

5320. Advanced Reservoir Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Recovery prediction, tensor permeabilities, multiphase flow, drainage equations, flow potential, streamline-streamtube methods, injectivity, displacements in layered reservoirs, and line source solutions.

5322. Computational Phase Behavior (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Advanced PVT and EOS characterization, tuning EOS by regression, gas condensate reservoirs, use of laboratory experiments and correlation to obtain PVT data, psuedoization and use of PVT programs.

5323. Advanced Phase Behavior (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Thermodynamics of equilibria, volumetric phase behavior, Gibbs and Helmholtz energy, chemical potential, phase diagram, modeling paraffins, asphaltenes, hydrates and mineral deposition, use of PVT software.

5324. Geostatistics for Reservoir Engineers (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Flow in porous media, reservoir characterization, geostatistics, estimation, simulation, case studies, quantifying uncertainties, geological simulation, data integration, grid block properties, and geostatistics software.

5325. Water Flooding Techniques (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Frontal advanced theory for multiphase flow, immiscible flow, capillary cross flow, psuedofunctions, streamlines, measures of heterogeneity, field case studies, pattern flooding, and use of black oil reservoir simulators.

5328. Advanced Property Evaluation (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Statistical evaluation of hydrocarbon producing properties, risk analysis, economic analysis of production forecasts and reserve estimation, and cash flow analysis.

5329. Advanced Core Analysis (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Rock properties relating to production of oil and gas, multiphase fluid flow, micro- and macro-interaction of fluids and reservoir rocks, Archie parameters and well logs, modeling saturations with permeability.

5380. Drilling Engineering Methods (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Drilling equipment, components, description, operation; drilling fluids; hydraulic calculations; casing design; hole problem; cost control, penetration rate, well planning; pressure control; directional drilling; bit; cement. (Leveling program course)

5381. Production Engineering Methods (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Artificial lift, inflow performance relationships, well design and application of stimulation practices, processing equipment, separator problems, emulsions, treating, and transmission systems. (Leveling program course)

5382. Well Logging Fundamentals (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Use of open-hole logs, survey of induction and lateralog suites to determine reserves. (Leveling program course)

5383. Reservoir Engineering Fundamentals (3). Prerequisite: Department approval. Reservoir performance predictions, computation of in place gas, condensate and oil reservoirs, applications of ME for reservoir mechanisms, decline curves, EOR methods, fluid flow in porous media. (Leveling program course)

5384. Fluid Properties (3). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Reservoir fluids; fluid sampling; phase behavior; hydrocarbon gas-liquid fractions; z-factors; equations of state; flash and differentional calculations; formation volume factors for gas, oil, and water. (Leveling program course)

5385. Rock Properties (3). Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Reservoir rock properties, sampling, core analysis, rock/fluids interaction, concepts of porosity, permeability, saturations, capillary, pressure and compressibility for gas-oil production. (Leveling program course)Back to Top

 

6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6001. Master’s Report (V1-6).

6331. Proposal/Project Communication (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. Guide to research, technical report, project planning, problem definition, grant proposals, thinking, talking, and writing in research, writing technical journal, review articles, and technical presentations.Back to Top

 

7000 Level Courses

7000. Research (V1-12).Back to Top

 

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top