Petroleum Engineering (PETE)

PETE F101      Fundamentals of Petroleum, Drilling and Production
3 Credits

Offered Fall and Spring

Fundamental principles of origin, migration, accumulation and exploration of petroleum. Principles of drilling, drilling practices, and drilling fluids. Overview of production practices, surface production equipment. Influence of rock and fluid properties on the principles of petroleum recovery, petroleum transportation. Overview of Alaska unconventional hydrocarbon resources, opportunities and impact on the state economy.

Prerequisites: Freshman standing in Petroleum Engineering program or permission of the instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F301      Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties
4 Credits

Offered Fall

Fundamental concepts of reservoir rock and fluid properties including porosity, permeability, fluid saturations, capillary pressure, relative permeabilities, classification of petroleum reservoirs by fluid phase contents, oil, gas and water properties, fluid sampling, and PVT analysis.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ES F346.

Prerequisites: MATH F252X; GEOS F101X or GE F261.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

PETE F302      Well Logging
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Comprehensive treatment of modern well logging methods including formation and production logging tools, and techniques and basic concepts of log interpretation.

Prerequisites: PETE F301; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F303      Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties Laboratory      (W)
1 Credit

Offered Spring

Measurement of properties of reservoir rock and reservoir fluids. Determination of porosity, permeability, fluid saturations, capillary pressures, specific gravity density, viscosity, surface tension, PVT properties and interpretation of PVT reports for reservoir fluid samples.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; PETE F301.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 3 + 0

PETE F370      Sedimentology and Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Origin and distribution of sedimentary rocks including depositional environments, stratigraphic relationships and structures. Emphasis on the relationship to petroleum occurrences and petroleum exploration. Laboratory exercises on mapping, structural problems and facies relationships in petroleum exploration.

Prerequisites: GEOS F101X or GE F261.

Cross-listed with GEOS F370.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

PETE F407      Petroleum Production Engineering
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Production system analysis, inflow performance analysis, gas lift design, sucker rod pumping and production decline analysis.

Prerequisites: PETE F476; ES F341 and ES F346.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F411      Drilling Fluids Laboratory      (W)
1 Credit

Offered Spring

Design, composition and measurement of drilling fluid properties, evaluation of mud activities and chemical treatment of contaminated drilling fluid.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; concurrent enrollment in PETE F426.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 3 + 0

PETE F421      Reservoir Characterization
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Reservoir rock properties and their spatial variations; estimation of reserves; introduction to theory and application of geostatistics to reservoir characterization; presentation of fundamental geostatistical concepts including: variogram analysis, estimation variance, kriging and stochastic simulations. Impact of geologic structure on oil recovery methods.

Prerequisites: PETE F301; PETE F302; GEOS F370.

Stacked with PETE F621.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F426      Drilling Engineering
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Principles of drilling, drilling fluids and rheology, drilling problems, drilling hydraulics, well control techniques and casing seat selection.

Prerequisites: ES F331; ES F341.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F431      Natural Gas Engineering
2 Credits

Offered Spring

Natural gas production and condensate reservoirs. Design of processing, transportation, distribution and flow measurement systems.

Prerequisites: PETE F301.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PETE F456      Petroleum Evaluation and Economic Decisions
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Economic appraisal methods for oil field developmental project evaluations including risk analysis, probability and statistics in decision making and evaluations. Case studies.

Prerequisites: MATH F253X; PETE F476.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F458      Petroleum Engineering Internship
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Practical experience in a supervised petroleum engineering environment. Participation in professional petroleum operations including drilling, production, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering, petroleum property evaluation, management and economics. Written and oral presentation of technical report describing experience is required. Course may be repeated for up to 4 credits.

Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PETE F466      Petroleum Recovery Methods
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Flow and physicochemical principles of oil recovery by water, chemical, thermal and miscible floods. Prediction of recovery for each of these methods.

Prerequisites: PETE F301 and PETE F476.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F476      Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Quantitative study and prediction of the behavior of oil and gas reservoirs under primary, secondary and tertiary recovery mechanisms.

Prerequisites: PETE F301; MATH F253X.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F478      Well Test Analysis
2 Credits

Offered Spring

Transient flow of fluids through porous media, application of solutions of the diffusivity equation to pressure buildup, drawdown, interference testing and log-log type curve analysis and effect of reservoir heterogeneities on pressure behavior.

Prerequisites: PETE F407; PETE F476; MATH F302.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PETE F481      Well Completions and Stimulation Design      (W)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Design of casing programs, cementing, open-hole and set-through completions, well stimulation; completion and workover fluids; and evaluation of sand control and workover operations.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; ES F341; PETE F426.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

PETE F487      Petroleum Project Design
2 Credits

Emphasis on design and analysis of petroleum exploration, production and reservoir engineering systems by analytical, experimental and computer methods. Identification of requirements, conceptual and detailed project design and cost analysis. Completion of an engineering project.

Prerequisites: COMM F131X or F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PETE F487A      Petroleum Project Design
1 Credit

Offered Fall

Two-semester course with emphasis on design and analysis of petroleum exploration, production and reservoir engineering systems by analytical, experimental and computer methods. Identification of requirements, conceptual and detailed project design and cost analysis. Completion of an engineering project.Note: Oral communication intensive and writing intensive credits are earned upon successful completion of PETE F487B.

Prerequisites: Senior standing; PETE F407 or PETE F426; PETE F476.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PETE F487B      Petroleum Project Design      (O, W)
1 Credit

Offered Spring

Two-semester course with emphasis on design and analysis of petroleum exploration, production and reservoir engineering systems by analytical, experimental and computer methods. Identification of requirements, conceptual and detailed project design and cost analysis. Completion of an engineering project.

Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PETE F489      Reservoir Simulation
2 Credits

Offered Fall

The theory and use of computer reservoir simulation in petroleum reservoir and production engineering.

Prerequisites: PETE F476; MATH F310 or ES F301.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

PETE F607      Advanced Production Engineering
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Production system analysis, production optimization, downhole equipment design, surface facilities design, oil and gas processing, gas and oil treating systems, disposal well systems, project organization and field development.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, PETE F407 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F608      Flow Assurance in the Petroleum Industry
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Study of the thermodynamics of gas hydrates; paraffin waxes; asphaltenes; scale and chemistry of corrosion and erosion processes. Study of chemical and physical methods used for mitigation of solid phase formation. Experimental analysis and modeling of solid phase formation envelopes. Analysis of flow regimes resulting from the presence of solid phases in oil and gas flow lines.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F610      Advanced Reservoir Engineering
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Concepts and tools for solving petroleum reservoir engineering problems; advances in petroleum reservoir engineering. Emphasis on material balance methods and their application to estimate reserves and calculate water influx; diversity equations and solutions; gas and water coning; streamline tracking; and decline curve analysis, productivity index and well performance models for vertical, horizontal and multilateral wells.

Prerequisites: PETE F476 or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F621      Applied Reservoir Characterization
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Review of reservoir rock properties and their spatial variations; estimation of reserves; introduction to theory and application of geostatistics to reservoir characterization; presentation of fundamental geostatistical concepts including: variogram analysis, estimation variance, kriging and stochastic simulations. Impact of geologic structure on oil recovery. Use of computer software for reservoir characterization and class project.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Petroleum Engineering; or permission of instructor.

Stacked with PETE F421.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F630      Water Flooding
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

A study of the fundamental concepts and procedures for the design of waterflooding processes in petroleum reservoirs.

Prerequisites: PETE F301; PETE F476; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F645      Petroleum Geology
3 Credits

Offered Alternate Fall Even-numbered Years

Examines the origin of petroleum, the geologic controls on its distribution and accumulation and the basic tools used for exploration and exploitation, including subsurface mapping, well logging, and exploration geophysics.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Cross-listed with GEOS F645.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F656      Advanced Petroleum Economic Analysis
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Economic analysis of petroleum production leading towards increasing cost efficiency in the petroleum and related industries. Qualitative and quantitative description of production forecasts and reserve estimation; oil and gas pricing; cash flow analysis; risk and uncertainty of operation of oil and gas production (financing, debt/equity ratio, depreciation and taxation).

Prerequisites: PETE F407, PETE F456; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F661      Applied Well Testing
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Equations for transient flow of single phase fluids through porous media, extension to sample multiphase flow, isolated and developed multi-well flow, conventional drawdown and buildup analysis, log-log type curve analysis, interference testing, fractured wells, pulse tests, and drill stem tests.

Prerequisites: PETE F476; PETE F610; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F662      Enhanced Oil Recovery
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Secondary and tertiary oil recovery processes, including waterflooding and chemical and thermal recovery methods.

Prerequisites: PETE F476 or PETE F610 or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F663      Applied Reservoir Simulation
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Mathematical description of the reservoir, organization of reservoir simulation study, history matching and prediction for several published case studies of reservoir simulations.g. PETE F476 or PETE F610, or permission of instructor.

Prerequisites: Reservoir Engineering course, e.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F665      Advanced Phase Behavior
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

The development and application of phase equilibrium simulators to predict fluid properties for reservoir fluids.

Prerequisites: PETE F301 or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F666      Drilling Optimization
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Principles of drilling optimization: drilling cost analysis and control; rheological properties of drilling fluid for optimum hole cleaning; planning an optimum mud program for vertical, directional and horizontal wellbores; optimizing bit hydraulics. Use of software packages in optimized hydraulics.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering discipline or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F670      Fluid Flow Through Porous Media
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

The study of transport phenomena in porous media and application to petroleum engineering.

Prerequisites: PETE F301; PETE F476; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F680      Horizontal Well Technology
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Review of the state of the art of horizontal well technology covering recent advances in drilling and completion of horizontal wells. Emphasis on field practices, reservoir engineering aspects including well testing and well performance estimation, application of horizontal wells to gas and water coning problems as well as enhanced oil recovery.

Prerequisites: PETE F426; PETE F476; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F683      Natural Gas Processing and Engineering
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Natural gas reservoir engineering and gas production practices. Transient flow of real gases, gas field development, gas well testing, transportation and gas storage reservoirs.

Prerequisites: PETE F431; PETE F476; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F685      Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Characteristics of stress in fluids, flow models of non-Newtonian fluids (Bingham plastic fluids, fluids without yield stress), couette flow analysis of non-Newtonian fluids, surge and swab pressure models for plugged and open-end pipes.

Prerequisites: ES F341; PETE F426 or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F687      Experimental and Data Analysis Methods in Petroleum Engineering
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Application of statistical methods to develop empirical models in petroleum enigineering. Topics covered inclued dimensional analysis, fundemental statistical concepts, regression analysis, neural networks, time series analysis and analysis of factorial and fractional factorial designed experiments.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F689      Multiphase Fluid Flow in Pipes
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Multiphase flow in pipes, modeling of fluid flow of complex mixtures in pipes, empirical correlations developed in the literature, and calculation of pressure gradients and flow rates during the flow of multiphase fluids through vertical, inclined and horizontal pipes.

Prerequisites: ES F341; MATH F310 or ES F301; PETE F407; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

PETE F692      Seminar
1-3 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PETE F692P      Seminar
1-3 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PETE F698      Non-Thesis Research/Project
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

PETE F699      Thesis
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0