Progress Seminars Inc.

Terri Sawchuk

Progress Seminars Inc. is a short course training provider for the Oil & Gas Industry. Founded in 2008, Progress Seminars Inc. has been assisting Oil and Gas professionals in Alberta with their continuing education requirements by providing introductory, intermediate and advanced level training courses, on a variety of subjects relevant to the changing climate of the industry. The courses that Progress Seminars provides are taught by industry experts, who continue to work or consult in the oil and gas industry. Our instructors deliver courses that are relevant, designed personally, and presented in a collaborative and interactive way so that students learn and understand the material and are able to put it to use in the working environment immediately.


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  • COURSES: Centrifugal Pump Hydraulics, Sizing And Design Practices

    This one-day course is for technical personnel involved in the sizing, selection and operation of Pumps in Oil and Gas Processing facilities. The course focuses on the hydraulic principles of centrifugal pumps, their sizing and system design. You will learn quick pump calculations for conceptual studies along with rules of thumb as well as rigorous calculation required during detailed engineering phase. This course is tailored for individuals who have some pump basic knowledge and/or are seeking a deeper understanding of how centrifugal pumps work, and when and how to apply this knowledge. This course benefits those who are involved in some facet of pump design or application. Technicians, Operators and Junior Engineers will find this course especially helpful and relevant.
  • COURSES: Giving Constructive Feedback – Peer to Peer

    This 1-day course addresses the challenges and barriers facing many individuals in the workplace regarding the giving of constructive feedback. Often a difficult and awkward topic of conversation, this session will explain the rational for providing constructive feedback, along with skills and techniques for having difficult yet productive conversations with colleagues. Feedback scenarios, small and large group discussions, and learning activities will provide participants with opportunities for peer-to-peer practicing for giving constructive feedback.
  • COURSES: Overpressure Protection Training

    This one day course will cover three principal aspects of overpressure protection. Firstly the regulatory requirements that must be met in Alberta. Secondly the many ways in which overpressure can occur. Thirdly the ways to mitigate against overpressure. Topics such as relief scenarios, ABSA, ASME, double contingency together with an in depth review of relief device types and sizing will be covered. Examples of relief scenarios and calculations to size relief devices will be included. This course will benefit designers of facilities, operators of these facilities and process safety personnel.
  • COURSES: echnical Safety BC From Design to Operation

    The purpose of this seminar is to increase the skill and knowledge of Engineers, managers and operators in Technical Safety BC, and Safety Code requirements in British Columbia Oil and Gas industries. Seminar Objectives The overall objective of this seminar is to give students a background in: 1. Technical Safety BC requirement for Design, Fabrication, Construction, Welding, Inspection, In-service Inspection of Pressure Equipment. 2. Interfaces between Technical Safety BC and OGC (British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission)
  • COURSES: ABSA Requirements From Design to Operation

    The purpose of this seminar is to increase the skill and knowledge of Engineers, Managers and Operators in ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association), and Safety Code requirements in Alberta Oil and Gas industries. Seminar Objectives The overall objective of this seminar is to give students a background in: 1. ABSA requirements for Design, Fabrication, Construction, Welding, Inspection, In-service Inspection of Pressure Equipment. 2. Interfaces between ABSA and AER (Alberta Energy Regulator) A complete set of course materials is included in the ABSA Requirements From Design to Operation course.
  • COURSES: Quantifying Risk and Making Decisions Without Bias

    This highly interactive one-day course is designed for leaders, team members, and anyone who needs to assess risk and make decisions. Too often these two activities are based on subjective bias and not objective facts. This course will discuss the bias that we all have and present methods to assess risk and make decisions as a team with minimal bias to obtain the best possible results. The methods of facilitated risk assessment using risk matrices and fault tree analysis will be explained and both methods practiced in the classroom. A structured and quantified method of making decisions will be taught and practiced based on the Kepner Tregoe Method.
  • COURSES: Becoming More Assertive In the Workplace

    This one-day Assertiveness course is designed for anyone at any level within an organization, to better communicate with others in their work/business environment, using assertive skills. Assertive skills involve a variety of appropriate interpersonal behaviours including the following: giving positive feedback, providing information, asking requests of others, giving constructive criticism or being on the receiving end of feedback, criticism, or saying “no” without feeling guilty. Using assertive skills will help increase self-confidence, increase one’s own self-respect and respect of others, allow one to have better stress and time management skills, and finally, have overall better communications with others in the workplace to successfully achieve business goals. Who Should Attend: The Becoming More Assertive In the Workplace course is designed for all roles in the workplace, and is recommended for anyone looking to improve their communications with others in the workplace.
  • COURSES: Basics of Petroleum Refinery Processing

    Petroleum refineries may appear complicated at first glance. Breaking them down into a series of units makes the process easier to understand. This course covers the basic building blocks of a typical refinery, from crude oil inlet to distribution. This 2-day course begins by discussing energy trends and outlook. It focuses then on the core refining processes including feedstock properties, process chemistry, process variables, operating conditions, unit configuration, and refinery products. Refining processes are discussed in detail. This program is designed to serve as an introduction to petroleum refining processing. For each process, purpose, basic chemistry, process flowsheets and typical operating parameters are reviewed. The integration of these processes to achieve different refining objectives is also addressed. This course provides technical details; however, it is designed to be understood by, and of benefit to both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • COURSES: Introduction to Well Completion Design

    This 1 1/2 day course is designed to provide petroleum professionals with completions options and familiarize them with issues that should be taken into consideration as part of planning and designing a completions job. It includes both horizontal and vertical wells, rock mechanics, will review current and primary techniques for horizontal completions, and will provide an understanding of completion diagnostics. In this course students: • Will understand the role of reservoir quality in vertical and horizontal wells • Will understand the effects of reservoir quality with depth control • Are introduced to the basics of rock mechanics • Are introduced to the various completion options for wells • Will understand the various completion options for horizontal wells • Will gain an insight of relative costs for different completion options • Will gain an insight of production results based on completion options • Will gain an understanding of the various diagnostic techniques
  • COURSES: Fundamentals of Natural Gas Processing

    This one day course will cover a high-level overview of natural gas processing to understand the key processing steps required to make saleable products from raw gas (from wellhead to marketplace). The overall process block flow diagram will be used to illustrate how the various individual plant operations are integrated to create gas plants capable of handling feeds from gas fields. You will gain a basic understanding and working knowledge of the major processes encountered in the processing and transportation of natural gas. The course is in plain language easily understandable for individuals either in technical, managerial or support roles. The Fundamentals of Natural Gas Processing course is designed for a wide range of audiences, is fully interactive and utilizes fundamental technical exercises and terminology to learn key points. Useful and handy reference material, process animation, equipment cut view, equipment internals and a lot of diagrams are included in course.
  • COURSES: Learn To Read (P&IDs;) Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams

    This course will introduce participants to the art of reading Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID;) which are typically used in the chemical and process industries by Engineers and Technologists in the design and construction phase, and by Operations and Maintenance staff once facilities are up and running. At the end of this course, you will be able to: ? Understand how the facilities relate to the drawings ? Speak the same language as the Operators and Engineers of the facilities ? Participate in design reviews, HAZOP and other studies ? Propose changes or modifications to improve the system
  • COURSES: In-Situ Oil Extraction: SAGD

    On one hand, this one-day SAGD course can be considered a crash course for individuals who have just started work in SAGD industries, while on the other hand it is a course for individuals who have been working in SAGD for many years but have never had the chance to grasp a “high level picture” of SAGD plants. The In-Situ Oil Extraction: SAGD course explains important and popular aspects of SAGD plants in a plain language easily understandable for individuals in managerial and technical roles. Three main segments of SAGD plants/projects will be covered; CPF (Central Processing Facility), pipelines and well pads. The approach taken is to initially take a black box approach for each element of the plant by covering the goal and duty of the item, then going through the black box by introducing different technologic bases and finally providing a physical sense regarding their size or other frequently-referred operating parameters.
  • COURSES: National Professional Practice Exam - Prep Course

    This online and on-demand NPPE prep course covers the primary literature recommended by APEGA. It is an 8-step course that allows the user to go through the material at his/her own pace. Included in the online course is access to: • A downloadable checklist, cheat sheet and syllabus reading sheets • Over 80 flashcards to test your knowledge • A 47-question syllabus quiz to test your knowledge on all topics (from A.1 to G.8). • Over two hours of ready-to-watch video presentations that will help you learn the 47 syllabus topics. • An exam simulator with 110+ questions to test your knowledge. • Email support for any exam related question and help when you get stuck on learning any of the law, ethics or professional practice material.
  • COURSES: Hydraulic Fracturing

    This 5-day course emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of hydraulic fracturing, covering the "Reservoir Engineering" aspects, integrated with the "Fracture Mechanics" aspects, and coupled with "Operational" considerations. This integration is absolutely necessary in order to present how to recognize opportunities for fracturing from hard rock tight gas, to offshore "frac-pack" completions, to multi-fractured horizontal shale wells. Also covered is how to estimate required data for planning and preparing preliminary job designs, how to design, perform, and analyze pre-frac tests, and finally how to arrive at an "optimum" final design. Along with an Introduction to Fracturing, the course covers Reservoir Response, Rock Stresses, Fracture Geometry, Fracture Pressure Analysis, Fracture Fluid & Proppant Selection, Multi - Fractured Horizontal Wells, and Field Application & Quality Control. Instructor: Carl Montgomery, NSI Technologies
  • COURSES: Introduction to Log Analysis

    This practical 3-day log workshop will illustrate log responses to rocks and their fluids. Once these simple relationships (common throughout the world) are understood, you can recognize permeability, hydrocarbons and identify rock and fluid types easily. The session will also include illustrated techniques for recognizing log validity. Participants are encouraged to bring their own logs to complement existing real-life case studies. Who Should Attend Professionals in drilling, production, geosciences and completion technology utilize this program. This practical class will be a good review for those who have had log applications in the past and a good introduction for those who have had little application of logs before.
  • COURSES: Cement Log Evaluation - In High Angle to Horizontal Wells

    This 2-Day workshop will illustrate the application of cement logs for cement evaluation, which is essential to successful completions and meeting ERCB requirements. Actual log examples including SAGD and horizontal wells are utilized to illustrate different type of logs and allow a comparison for log quality and evaluation of interpretation techniques. There will be exercises of making squeeze or no squeeze decisions and discussion of influences from drilling and mud removal techniques. Included are practical guide lines for successfully evaluating cement integrity and isolation. This course will apply to those professionals involved in cementing, completions and work-over. Those solving problems particularly related to SAGD and AER approval. Those evaluating foam or light weight cements, which have posed unique problems and detailed techniques for those circumstances. Those involved in horizontal well completions today where isolation between frac stages is required.
  • COURSES: Managing Workplace Conflict and Communication Skills

    This highly interactive and skill building one-day course is designed for leaders, team members, and anyone who needs to communicate and interact with others in the workplace. The benefits of attending this course are far-reaching since effective communications and conflict resolution strategies in the workplace will lead to healthier, highly satisfied, more productive employees. There are also cost savings in organizations when employees learn to actively listen and communicate in ways that reduce misunderstandings or eliminate communication breakdowns.
  • COURSES: Formation Damage Prevention and Treatments

    The purpose of this course is to provide adequate knowledge in formation damage. It will take participants through the types and mechanics of formation damage, and their preventions and treatments. The advantages of attending the Formation Damage this course include: • Understanding the effect of formation damage on revenue to the operator • Understanding the mechanism of formation damage • Understanding formation lab tests and interpretation • Understanding the impact of skin on productivity for both vertical and horizontal wells • How to select the best fluid (less damaging) at every phase of the well development: drilling and completion, cementing, perforating, stimulation, gravel packing, workover, production and injection operations • How to diagnose formation damage problems • How to apply the best treatment to a sandstone and carbonate reservoir • How to stimulate tight reservoir with low porosity and low permeability. • How to stimulate high permeability reservoir.

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