Tech Electives

In conjunction with the department on web, SPE Penn State offers writing electives.  These are 1 credit weekend classes that are taught by industry professionals.

The five short courses below are typically offered once per semester.

All students majoring in PNG E are required to take 6 technical elective credits.  3 of those credits can come from SPE short courses.  Priority registration for technical electives is given to upperclassmen with the highest attendance at SPE meetings, so please come to meetings and don’t forget to sign in! Information about registering for technical electives will be sent via MailChimp email, so make sure you are on the SPE listserv.

We are always looking for additional short courses to help students satisfy technical elective requirements.  If you know someone in the industry who teaches a course in a technical discipline and who would be willing to volunteer to teach Penn State students, please contact us.

Assessment, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources

The course takes place on March 25th, 2017

Assessment, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources is a 1-credit course provided by Gaffney, Cline, and Associates (GCA). In this course, students will learn how to define and estimate reserves and resources according to the Petroleum Resource Management System and the Securities Exchange Commission.

Hydraulic Fracture Analysis

Course already took place for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Hydraulic Fracture Analysis is a 1-credit course taught by professionals from Carbo Ceramics on hydraulic fracture design and analysis using Fracpro software.

Harbison-Fischer Pump Class

Course already took place for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Harbison-Fischer is committed to serving the sub-surface oil field rod pump market. Our technically trained, professional staff specializes in solving our customers’ downhole rod pump problems and provides the highest quality products in a timely manner.

In this class students will learn about sucker-rod pump technology. The course is usually 1 credit and free for undergraduates.

Wild Well Control Certification Class

Course already took place for the 2016-2017 semester. 

The training program features the most advanced simulator system available worldwide. The simulators use actual well data to mimic possible downhole conditions – recreating all types of operational difficulties – to test the operator’s ability to resolve each unique situation and avoid a blowout in a realistic setting. The instructors also utilize case histories of blowouts and other well control events to teach prevention and control using proven adult learning technologies and multiple simulators for support.

The following are a few of the differentiating features of Well Control Training:

· Extended simulator exercise that are realistic and practical

· State-of-the-art Simulator mobile facility

· Accelerated Format

· Case Histories & Wild Well Control’s unmatched experience in well control operations

Usually 1 credit and free for undergraduates.

Snubbing 101

The first Technical Elective/Short Course for the Spring 2017 semester will be Snubbing 101 sponsored by Deep Well Services.  Location to be announced!  Also, interest forms will be posted here and emailed out in the near future!

Course already took place for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Eclipse Resources – Practical Shale Reservoir Modeling and Analysis

This course will take place April 28th-30th. 


Oil and Gas production from unconventional reservoirs specifically tight formations like Shale, is gaining more popularity in the US and worldwide. Due to the different production mechanisms and complexity of the multi-fractured horizontal wells, it is not possible to use conventional methods to model and analyze this unconventional reservoirs. In this workshop, we will cover major reservoir engineering techniques and their practical applications required for reservoir engineers to analyze, forecast and optimize production from unconventional Shale reservoirs.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop is aimed to familiarize the students with Production Data Analysis and modeling techniques to assess the production and evaluate unconventional Shale reservoirs. Each analysis and modelling technique will be followed by its practical application with IHS Harmony software using real field data.

Reservoir engineering of Shale assets requires multiple well performance applications. One common practice is, reservoir simulation which needs large amount of data and computational efforts. Contrary to this, Production Data Analysis (PDA) requires much less information to evaluate well and reservoir performance. The well performance applications that are widely used in E&P industry for Shale reservoir studies are: Decline Curve Analysis, Flowing Material Balance, Type Curve Matching, Unconventional Rate Transient Analysis, Analytical Modeling/History Matching, and Probabilistic Studies/Sensitivity Analysis. Students will learn brief theory for each method and practice it, using IHS Harmony software and real data to determine Oil/Gas in Place, Production Forecast, Estimated Ultimate Recovery, reservoir and multi stage-fractured well characteristics.

Practical familiarity with the mentioned analytical techniques is so beneficial for students to have an effectual carrier as a reservoir engineer in the “Shale” oil and gas industry.

Workshop Outline




Shale Plays Characteristics Overview


Introduction to   Modelling Techniques and Analysis Methods for Shale Reservoirs


Decline Curve Analysis for Shale


BHP Calculation for Multiphase flow in Horizontal Wells


Flowing Material Balance for Shale


Type Curve Matching


Unconventional Rate Transient Analysis


Analytical/Numerical Modeling and History Matching


Probabilistic Studies/Sensitivity Analysis(Statistics Overview-Monte-carlo

Simulation-Practice using Analytical Models)


AOF/TPC/IPR Curve Generation, Liquid Loading Prediction