Graduate Courses: Cullen College of Engineering
Courses: Engineering (PETR)
Note: Nonengineering majors may not register for engineering courses except with the written permission of the dean.
6111: Petroleum Engineering Graduate Seminar
Cr. 1. (1-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing. Weekly seminar for candidates for the degree, Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Cr. 2-5 per semester or more by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: approval of chair.
6302: Reservoir Engineering II
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361 and PETR 5362 or consent of instructor. Capillary pressures and vertical distribution of gas, oil, and water saturations, relative permeability and fractional flow relationships, Buckley-Leverett equation and linear displacement efficiency of gas and water drives; effect of well patterns, mobility ratio, and reservoir heterogeneity on areal and vertical sweep efficiency performance of black oil reservoirs.
6304: Evaluation of Petroleum-Bearing Formations I
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361 and PETR 5362 or consent of instructor. Characterization of formations by geologic and petrographic examination; by analysis of fluid contents of cores; and by a suite of well-logging tests and their combined interpretation.
6306: Oil Field Facilities Design and Operation
Cr. 3. (3-4). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5368, and PETR 5370 or consent of instructor. Design and operating principles of gas and water surface separation and ratio testing equipment, water supply and water disposal systems, gas dehydration and purification systems, gas compression, corrosion control and clathrate prevention.
6308: Advance Petroleum Production Operations
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: Gradute standing in Petroleum Engineering and PETR 6372 or consent of instructor. Advanced topics including diagnostic methods including well testing, production logging, and decline curve analysis. Conformance applicatin. Well stimulation by acid and hydraulic fracturing. Analysis of fracturing tests. Horizontal well performance.
6310: Petroleum Production Economics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5362, and PETR 6302 or consent of instructor. Estimation of initial reservoir contents and forecasts of production versus time of crude oil and natural gas by primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery methods, evaluation of costs and risks versus expected rewards by alternative recovery methods, measures of profitability by discounting and cash flow calculations, effects of taxation and external financing.
6312: Evaluation of Petroleum-Bearing Formations II
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5362, PETR 6304, or consent of instructor. Advanced well-log interpretation and logging tool theory. A continuation of PETR 6304: Evaluation of Petroleum-Bearing Formations.
6314: Pressure Transient Testing
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5362 and PETR 6302. Theory and application of pressure transient testing of oil and gas wells for determination of reservoir properties and near-well damage or stimulation.
6316: Well Drilling and Completion II
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 6368 and PETR graduate standing or consent of program. Principles and procedures for cost-effective casing design; materials, design, and procedures for cementing; optimization weight on bit and R.P.M. for minimum drilling cost and for directional drilling.
6318: Oil Field Facilities Design II
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5370, and PETR 6306. Design theory and practice for facilities for unusual situations as may be required of practicing engineers; adaptations for offshore and other hostile environments.
6320: Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes I
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5362, and PETR 6302 or consent of instructor. Review of waterflood calculation methods, extension to polymer flooding, caustic flooding, and carbonated water flooding. Hydrocarbon miscible flooding and CO flooding, estimation of recovery.
6322: Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes II
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5362, and PETR 6302 or consent of instructor. Effect of dimensionless ratios of reservoir forces on trapping and displacement of waterflood residual oil by chemical slugs, design of slug and drive fluids for varying reservoir characteristics. Design and estimation of performance of steam soak, steam drive, and in-situ combustion recovery processes.
6324: Theory of Reservoir Modeling
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361, PETR 5362, PETR 6302, or consent of instructor. Survey of reservoir simulation methods, stream tube simulator, finite-difference, finite-element, and collocation methods. Theory of finite-difference simulators; formulation of equations and resulting matrices, alternative solution methods.
6325: Integrated Reservoir Characterization
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: PETR graduate standing or consent of program. Mathematical basis and applications of modern reservior characterization including pixel-based and object-based geostatistical methods to capture the influence of geology on fluid flow and storage.
6326: Applied Reservoir Simulation
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: PETR 6302 and PETR 6328, or consent of instructor. A comprehensive study of all aspects of completing a numerical reservoir study. Students will use commercial software to conduct and present their own history-match using a real-world case study.
6327: Thermal Recovery Processes
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5362 and PETR 6302, or consent of instructor. Principles of thermally enhanced recovery of oil; hot-water or steam-soak injection; in-situ combustion.
6328: Petroleum Fluid Properties and Phase Equilibria
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: BS in PETR and PETR graduate standing or consent of program. Volumetric behavior and equation of state representation of petroleum fluids; thermodynamic functions and conditions of phase equilibrium; phase behavior calculations; techniques for phase equilibrium measurements; equation of state tuning; advanced topics.
6330: Fundamentals of Hydraulic Fracturing
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 5361. 5362, 5364 or BS in PETR. PETR 6314 and 6368. PETR Graduate standing or consent of program. Reasons for fracturing, fundamentals of fracture initiation and extension, fracture geometry design, proppant transport, and materials and techniques used for industrial fracturing treatments.
6332: Reserves Estimation I
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: BS in PETR or PETR 5362. PETR 6310 and PETR graduate standing or consent of program. SPE/PRMS and US/SEC reserves definitions and reporting requirements. Deterministic methods of reserves estimation, including volumetric, analogy, material balance, decline curves, and reservior simulation. Cash flow analysis and international petroleum contracts.
6334: Reserves Estimation II
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 6332 and PETR graduate standing or consent of program. Review of statistics and probability theory. Probabilistic methods of reserves estimation and cash flow analysis. Statistical methods for estimating proved undeveloped reserves in resource plays. Quantifying uncertainty in reserves estimates.
6350: Natural Gas Engineering
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: PETR 5362, PETR 6328 or consent of instructor. A comprehensive study that focuses on natural gas engineering, the energy situation today and the emerging technologies of tomorrow. Covering the supply of natural gas, including exploration, production, unconventional resources, transportation, processing, conversion and fuel cells.
6362;6363: Methods of Applied Mathematics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing. The theory and application of mathematical methods for partial differential equations arising in analytical engineering models.
6364: Origin and Development of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: BS in PETR and PETR graduate standing or consent of program. Major oil provinces of the world reviewed from the standpoints of geologic and depositional environment, and of diagenetic changes affecting petroleum entrapment.
6368: Well Drilling and Completion I
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering or science. Drilling rig design and operation, drilling programs, drill string and bit design, drilling mud composition, properties and functions, casing design and cementing, methods of well completion.
6372: Petroleum Production Operations
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering or science. Subsurface and surface facilities for producing oil and gas, gas-oil and water-oil separation and measuring systems, gathering systems, gas processing facilities, injection systems for gas or water.
6380: Petroleum Engineer Project
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: graduate standing in petroleum engineering or consent of instructor. Objective is to enable professionals to manage their projects effectively. This course will emphasize practical application, team work, and participation.
6387: Drilling & Completion of Complex Well Architectures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: PETR 6316 or consent of the instructor. State-of-the-art well construction technologies and the reservoir characteristics required for designing horizontal and multibranch wells. Description of specialized drilling strategies including extended reach, underbalance, coiled tubing, and geosteering.
7397: Selected Topics
Cr. 3. (3-0). May be repeated for credit.
Catalog Publish Date: January 14, 2013
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