Training Сourses
SPE understands the importance of continuing education.

That is why SPE is committed to the concept of Lifelong Learning. The main reason for this is the need to keep up with the times and changing reality, enhancing professional knowledge and practical skills in the context of the new technologies implementation. SPE training courses help maintain high professional standards and develop the competence of oil and gas professionals.

Our courses are designed by recognized experts in their field for specialists of various professional levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. At SPE courses, experts train to use advanced methods and techniques, share experience, to help professionals to work more effectively and quickly solve emerging issues.

SPE continually updates its training courses base, adding new ones and constantly looking for fresh ideas.

SPE training courses are designed to meet a specific level
knowledge: beginner, intermediate or advanced and cover 8 technical disciplines:

  • Drilling
  • Completions
  • Reservoir Description and Dynamic
  • Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Projects, Facilities, and Construction
  • Production and Operations
  • Data Science and Engineering Analytics
  • Management
If you are intersted in any course from the list below, please contact us by email.

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Regional Training Courses List
Practical Uses of Geomechanics Modeling for Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Production and Development

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Contact: Ulyana Dmitrieva

The course is designed for fracturing and geomechanics specialists, drilling and well completion engineers.

Ruslan Melikov, Head of the Center for Intelligent Support for Drilling and Field Development, Geonaft

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Instructor: Ruslan Melikov

Ruslan is an experienced engineer in the field of geology, geophysics and geomechanics (more than 40 projects completed) and has skills in seismic interpretation, assessment of near-surface risks (engineering seismic and geomechanics), structural modelling, seismic facies and attribute analysis, as well as skills in predicting reservoir properties and assessing the risks/uncertainties of the analysis.
Since 2011 he has been working as a Lead Geomechanics Engineer on international consulting projects. Responsibilities include providing solutions to reduce uncertainties and risks associated with drilling, construction and completion of wells, selecting the optimal profile and location of the well/well mat, assessing geomechanical effects and risks during the exploration, development and operation of fields, integrating the results of the geomechanical analysis into field development planning process.

COMPLETED | Moscow, Russia
ERD Well Construction

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This course is designed for drilling and completion managers and engineers, field supervisors from service and operating companies. Also, the course will be beneficial for geologists, geoscientists, and reservoir engineers for expanding drilling knowledge.

Kirill Bogachev, Drilling and Completion Supervisor, Drilling Platform, Sakhalin Energy

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Course Outline

  • The purpose of ERD wells; particularities and potential difficulties while drilling and designing ERD wells.
  • Geotechnics for designing and drilling of ERD wells, borehole stability. Swab and Surge.
  • Directional drilling, mathematical methods of well trajectory calculation. Wells anti-collision.
  • Drilling bottom hole assembly (BHAs) used for ERD wells, rotary steerable systems (RSS). Drilling string failure modes, torque and drag, buckling, vibrations.
  • Effective hole cleaning, drilling fluid selection. Equivalent circulation density (ECD). Tripping practices for ERD wells.
  • Casing running, running floated casing. Cementing ERD wells.
  • Well control while drilling and completing ERD wells.
  • Surface equipment, top drive (TDS), casing running systems.
  • Completion of ERD wells: smart wells, inflow control devices (ICD), sand-control.
  • Logging of ERD wells, well tractor.
  • Drilling ERD wells offshore: offshore logistics and drilling waste disposal.

Instructor: Kirill Bogachev

Kirill graduated from Gubkin University of Oil and Gas in 2005, then continued his education at Texas A&M University, where he got a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. While studying Kirill worked as a research assistant in the Petroleum Department.
After graduation, Kirill worked for BP America as a completion engineer in unconventional gas fields (tight gas, shale gas, coal-bed methane).
Since 2010 Kirill has been working as offshore drilling and completion supervisor at Sakhalin Energy (Gazprom-Shell JV). Kirill got exposure and experience drilling and completion high-rate offshore oil and gas wells including ERD wells with measured depth up to 8000 m. Kirill routinely worked with MWD, LWD, smart wells, big-bore gas wells (tubing OD – 244 mm – 9 5/8 in), hundreds of meter TCP guns, frac pack, etc.
Kirill has all Russian and international certificates for offshore drilling, including Shell Round 2 in Drilling and Completion/Well Intervention

COMPLETED | Moscow, Russia
Geomechanics Fundamentals

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Contact: Ulyana Dmitrieva

The course is aimed at drilling engineers, maintenance engineers, drilling managers, exploration engineers, etc.

Ruslan Melikov, General Manager for Geomechanics, Rosneft

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This course covers the origin of earth’s stress and pore pressure in reservoir rocks, techniques and methods of assessment using well’s data; it gives good understanding of elastic and strength (mechanical) properties of the rocks, with an introduction to the basics of experimental rock mechanics. The course also examines the main approaches of construction of Mechanical Earth Model (MEM) and the further application of these models to solve the most important issues of exploration and development of oil and gas fields. The course deals with examples of wellbore stability, modeling and forecasting abnormally high formation pressures, deals with fracturing stimulation optimization and sanding issues; also there would be covered issues of geomechanics application to unconventional, and fractured shale oil and gas.

Instructor: Nikolay Smirnov

Nikolay Smirnov is a recognized Russian expert in geomechanics that in 2005 founded this discipline for the Russian oil and gas industry. He had successfully solved numerous problems in the industry, such as drilling through “chocolate” clays, problems of horizontal wells on Achimov and Jurassic sediments, also looking at Bazhen-Abalak formation development issues, problems of developing shelf prospects with extended reach wells, problems of multistage fracturing, reservoir issues like sanding and many others. Smirnov started his career in Schlumberger Sedco-Forex in 1997 as a Drilling Engineer, working in West Africa. Throughout his career, Smirnov was working as a senior geomechanics engineer at Holditch-Reservoir Technologies in Houston Texas, which eventually became the Data and Consulting services of Schlumberger Technologies. In 2005 Smirnov initiated geomechanics development in Russia as Geomechanics Domain Head for Schlumberger Russia and later expanding to Central Asia. Before coming to Russia Smirnov was developing Geomechanics technology in Beijing, China.

Nikolay Smirnov had authored and co-authored over 20 technical papers and patents. He graduated from Novosibirsk State University with a degree in Geology and Geophysics. Currently, he is working as a technical director of PetroGM company.

COMPLETED | Moscow, Russia
Geochemical Analysis During Exploration and Field Development

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The course is intended for geologists and geophysicists who plan geological prospecting works and perform a comprehensive interpretation of geological information, as well as for field geologists and exploitation specialists.

Ivan Vasilievich Goncharov, Professor, Doctor of Geology and Mathematics, Candidate of Chemical Sciences (dissertation on the abiogenic synthesis of oil), Rosneft

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• To justify and provide a reasonable roadmap of modern geochemical analysis, and to provide a set of methods and procedures for its implementation.
• To give examples of practical solutions to geochemical challenges for various regions of Russia.


1. General Information

1.1. Targets, tasks, and methods of geochemical analysis.
1.2. Development of a geological assignment for geochemical analysis.

2. Regional Geochemistry

2.1. The role of geochemistry in oil and gas potential evaluation.
2.2. Basin modelling
2.2.1. Types of basin modelling at different stages of geological prospecting works.
2.2.2. Example of 3D basin modelling of one of the Western Siberia regions.
2.3. Shale oil
2.3.1. Application of geochemistry – the only way to correctly determine the place, volume, and time of shale oil generation.
2.3.2. Work experience with TOTAL, LUKOIL, STATOIL, and other organizations.
2.4. Shelf geochemistry
2.4.1 Particularities of geochemical works on a shelf during geological prospecting works.
2.4.2 Work results for various territories.

3. Reservoir Geochemistry

3.1. Geochemistry for the specification of reservoir geology, monitoring, and reservoir management.
3.2. Typical examples

4. Practice

Instructor: Ivan Goncharov

Ivan Vasilyevich Goncharov is a doctor of geological and mineralogical sciences and candidate of chemical sciences (thesis on abiogenic petroleum synthesis). He worked at the Institute of Oil Chemistry of SB RAS (Tomsk), West Siberian Research and Development Geological Prospecting Petroleum Institute (ZapsibNIGNI) (Tyumen), Algeria (SОNATRAC). He has more than 40 years of working experience in the domain of geochemical surveys. For 20 years, he has been a permanent participant of international geochemical congresses (IMOG). His main work has been on the issue of formation of oil and gas reservoirs in the Western Siberia. Some of his work has been dedicated to the issue of geochemical surveys in the Eastern Siberia, Sakhalin, Precaspian basin, West Kuban basin, Volga-Ural basin, Algerian Sahara, Black Sea and Arctic Shelves. Currently he is a geochemical laboratory manager with NK Rosneft (Tomsk) and professor at Tomsk Polytechnical University. Some large-scale projects are currently being developed under his supervision by Russian and western companies (NK Rosneft OJSC, LUKOIL, Gazprom Neft, ExxonMobil, Statoil, Total, etc.), including the Universitetskaya-1 well (Pobeda field) in the Kara Sea.