GENG5504 Petroleum Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is an introduction to petroleum engineering for advanced level students. The topics covered are petroleum generation, exploration, drilling, stresses in the Earth's crust, well stability, hydraulic fracturing, petrophysics, logging, reservoir characterisation, the operations, maintenance and decommissioning phases of a reservoir, the economic parameters involved in developing a reservoir, and extraction and production.
Students are able to (1) analyse stress in the earth crust; (2) calculate the stress around a well and perform a well stability analysis; (3) develop simple models of hydraulic fracture; (4) evaluate the flow through porous rocks accounting for reservoir heterogeneity and in situ stresses; (5) evaluate reservoir properties from different sources and interpret reservoir properties obtained from different methods; (6) develop models of reservoir properties using appropriate techniques; (7) make simple investment decisions and evaluate the necessary parameters; (8) locate and evaluate literature relevant to the unit content; (9) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (10) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) three assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Elena Pasternak
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: (MATH2020 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra
MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2)
(ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
MATE1412 Materials Engineering 1)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
PETR2510 Petroleum Engineering Fundamentals, PETR3512 Reservoir Characterisation, PETR8504 Reservoir Characterisation
Contact hours
lectures and practical classes
The unit requires understanding of the concept of stress, which includes the definition of stress, stress transformation and principal stress. It is expected that the students who have not acquired such understanding in their prior studies, study the relevant material (see unit webpage for details) in the first two weeks of the semester.
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