Professional Course

Introduction to Fiber Optics for Well Surveillance - IFOS

PetroSkills, In Houston
3 days
3 days

Course description

Introduction to Fiber Optics for Well Surveillance – IFOS

This course will give attendees an introduction to fiber optics sensing in reservoirs and wells. Attendees will gain an awareness of the types of fiber available, how it can be deployed, the range of measurements that can be made and how these can be applied to resolving common well and reservoir issues. The emphasis in the course will be on distributed measurements rather than point measuring sensors. The course will discuss the differences between the main types of fiber available, the underlying physics of the measurements, and the principles of operation for the different measurements and sensor types.Attendees will learn about the variety of conveyance and deployment methods for fiber deployment in wells. Hypothetical examples will be used to illustrate the different deployment cases. The course will give the participant an understanding of the type of measurement available and how the operator can use fiber measurements in combination with other data to help design an integrated surveillance program to diagnose common well and reservoir performance issues. Case examples will be used within discussion groups to explore the measurement choices.

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Who should attend?

Petroleum engineers, production engineers, petrophysicists and reservoir engineers and managers who may be making technology and tool selection decisions.

Training content

  • Basics of fiber construction and manufacture
  • How fiber is selected for downhole service
  • The types of measurement that are commonly made with fiber
  • The differences between point measurements and distributed measurements and the opportunities this presents
  • Different fiber deployment methodologies for oilfield service
  • Selection and performance characteristics of optical interrogation units
  • Principles behind distributed temperature interpretation (DTS)
  • Principles of distributed acoustic interpretation (DAS)
  • Integration of fiber data with other data forms
  • Case examples with different fiber applications for well and reservoir management

Certification / Credits

How to:

  • Select the appropriate fiber deployment options for your well
  • Select the appropriate measurements for well and reservoir diagnostics
  • Determine the optimal fiber interrogation units for your application
  • Design a basic program for a fiber surveillance
  • Understand the physics behind distributed fiber measurements
  • Perform basic distributed temperature and acoustic interpretations
  • Integrate fiber with other data forms to generate robust well diagnostics


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