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: Best Practices in Measurement Schematics

    In this 1-day course participants will learn the best practices in Measure Schematics in relation to the Enhanced Production Audit Program and to Directive 17 (Measurement). It can be used as the communication tool to articulate oil and gas production operations for production accountants. By walking through the Measurement Schematics from oil and gas production from the wellhead to the pipeline, the operator/operations engineer gain a common understanding of the operations in the field. All parties are on the same page and walk towards operational excellence. Through measurement schematics, operation personnel can focus on the issues in the field and resolve them quickly. This course is created for Oil and Gas Operation Professionals, Production / Operation Engineers and Production Accountants who would like to gain an understanding of Measurement Schematics in the Enhanced Production Audit Program and Directive 17.
  • 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: Applied Fracture Pressure Analysis for Complex Reservoirs

    This NSI Technologies course is designed for engineers involved in detailed design and analysis of hydraulic fracture treatments. A good understanding of, and familiarity with, fracturing fundamentals, materials selection (fluids/ proppant), and applications is required. Emphasis is placed on analyzing fracturing pressure data during pumping, and during the subsequent pressure decline, and use of this data to recognize common problems. A wide range of real field problems will be tackled in the practical sessions (which comprise more than 50% of the course) The “workshop” format for this course uses examples of actual problem wells from various environments. These examples place emphasis on 3-D fracture modeling for analysis/design, and the sessions are conducted using NSI’s fracture simulators StimPlan/E-StimPlan. The course includes NSI’s comprehensive manual, augmented with special material discussing fracturing in complex formations.
  • COURSES: An Introduction to Petroleum Geology

    This 2-day Introduction to Petroleum Geology course is designed for anyone interested in basic petroleum geology, hydrocarbon structure, and geological methods. This course is designed as a non-technical overview to give the participant a good understanding of why hydrocarbon is produced in certain areas and how it is found. Participants can expect to learn terminology and methods commonly used in the industry. Who Should Attend: An Introduction to Petroleum Geology is a non-technical overview of Geology and is open to anyone in any discipline in the Oil and Gas industry.
  • COURSES: Acid Fracturing

    This course emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of Acid Fracturing, covering the differences between Propped Fracturing and Acid Fracturing including integrated with Acid Chemistry, Etched Conductivity, Acid Reaction kinetics, wormholing fluid loss, acidizing materials and treatment execution/QC. There is some emphasis on StimPlan software for acid fracturing design. Learning Objectives • Gain general knowledge in basic theory and application of acid fracturing. • How to determine the volume of rock removal and acid stoichiometry. • Develop step-by-step procedure for estimating acid fracturing variables and developing preliminary treatment design goals and pump schedule designs. • How to determine and measure acid reaction and fluid loss/wormholing parameters. • How to evaluate/select appropriate acid fracturing materials. • How to perform the critical field QC for good acid fracturing results. • Gain proficiency in the use of StimPlan.
  • COURSES: Fundamentals of Centrifugal Pumps based on API 610

    This intensive 2-day course is designed for practitioners, Engineers, and specialists who have worked in EPC companies and/or operating companies. The course is designed to help participants learn more about engineering/design, manufacturing, tests, installation operations, and maintenance features of API 610 Centrifugal Pumps installed in oil, gas and petrochemical industries. It is a seminar-style course with significant class time discussion. Preparation for the class will be important for all participants who want to benefit fully from the course by reviewing of class notes and references in advance. The course is based on API 610 and practical case studies to improve attendees academic and practical experiences. The course blends design and engineering subjects, with manufacturing, test, installation, pre-commissioning, commissioning, and maintenance/troubleshooting issues of the new pump applications. Prerequisite: 2-3 years of project experience preferred.
  • COURSES: Production of Oil and Natural Gas

    The Production of Oil and Natural Gas course will provide comprehensive knowledge and practical know-how of integrated subsurface and surface production engineering. The techniques used in the production of oil and natural gas are presented and examples are discussed. Topics include properties of petroleum fluids, inflow performance of wells. Wellbore hydraulics, multiphase flow in pipes, choke, separation and transportation systems. The discussions of production technology will be complemented by artificial lift methods, well problems and optimization. Who Should Attend: Production Engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Facility Engineers, Managers, and other oil and gas personnel interested in learning oil and gas production, from the reservoir to the surface production facilities will find this course of benefit.
  • COURSES: Smart Wells

    Smart wells provide real time monitoring and control of production and injection by downhole valves and sensors. The sensors provide data to remotely regulate the well performance and optimize production. Smart well technology minimizes well intervention and maximizes reservoir productivity. Since the initiation of first smart well in 1997 ( North sea), considerable number of smart wells are developed in the world. In this course, the basic principles and fundamentals of intelligent completions are discussed. Smart well and smart field planning, design and implementation are presented. The main considerations for screening, modeling and application of smart wells are covered and field applications are presented. This course is intended for Managers, Engineers (including reservoir, production, drilling and completion), planning and operations staff and personnel of other disciplines interested in becoming familiar with smart well technology and the potential applications.
  • COURSES: Introduction to ABSA and BCSA in the Oil and Gas Industry

    The purpose of this seminar is to increase the skill and knowledge of Engineers, managers and operators in ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association), BCSA (British Columbia Safety Authority) and Safety Code requirements in Alberta and British Colombia Oil and Gas industries. Seminar Objectives The overall objective of this seminar is to give students a background in: 1. ABSA and BCSA requirement for Design, Fabrication, Construction, Welding, Inspection, In-service Inspection of Pressure Equipment. The minor objectives are outlined below: 1. Interfaces between ABSA and AER (Alberta Energy Regulator) 2. Interfaces between BCSA and OGC (British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission) Prerequisites: Basic Pressure Piping and Pressure Vessel knowledge. This seminar is not affiliated with ABSA or BCSA.
  • COURSES: The Keys to Successful HAZOPs

    This HAZOP course will give attendees a complete grounding in what HAZOPs are, their purpose and how to organize them. The course will discuss what has to be done to prepare for a HAZOP and the documentation required. Who should attend HAZOPs will be reviewed. The course will discuss in detail the HAZOP methodology and risk ranking. The roles of the key team members will also be discussed. In addition a significant portion of the course will be to discuss the role of the facilitator and the requirements for a good facilitator. Attendees of this course will participate in a mock HAZOP and will be able to play the role of facilitator and team members. The course will also review the HAZOP reporting requirements as well as a review of HAZOP jargon and glossary. Who Should Attend Project Managers, Process Engineers, Plant Engineers, Operations Superintendents, Automation Engineers and anyone likely to participate in a HAZOP will find his course helpful and interesting.
  • COURSES: Fundamentals of Centrifugal Gas Compressor based on API 617

    This 2-day course is designed to help participants learn more about engineering/design, manufacturing, tests, installation operations, and maintenance features of API 617 Centrifugal Gas Compressors installed in oil, gas and petrochemical industries. It is a seminar-style course with class discussion. Preparation for the class will be important for all participants who want to benefit fully from the course by reviewing of class notes and references in advance. The course is based on API 617 and practical case studies to assist attendees in improving both their academic and practical experiences. The course blends design and engineering subjects, with manufacturing, test, installation, pre-commissioning, commissioning, and maintenance/troubleshooting issues of the new compressor applications. This course will also help you to attend technical meetings with vendors with improved confidence. Prerequisite: 2-3 years of project experience preferred.
  • 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: Canadian Pipeline Fundamentals

    The pipeline industry is a dynamic industry that has evolved over several decades in Canada. From initial planning, to Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and sometimes several decades ahead to the decommissioning and abandonment of the pipeline – The Canadian Pipeline Fundamentals course will introduce newcomers to the pipeline industry and to issues throughout the life of a pipeline. The Canadian Pipeline Fundamentals course is designed as an introduction for non-technical professionals and new engineers and technologists to the pipeline industry. Who Should Attend The Canadian Pipeline Fundamentals course would be appropriate for both newcomers to the pipeline industry, business development professionals, those in non-technical roles who wish to understand the different business units in their organization as well as non-industry individuals wishing to gain a better understanding of the stages in the life of a pipeline.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: Case Studies of Recognizing Bypassed and Unconventional Pay From Wireline Logs and Quality Control of Processed Logs

    This one day course presents more than a dozen case studies of bypassed or unconventional pay in shale, clastics, and carbonates. The examples will be reviewed by class attendees in teams and discussed with the class in a workshop format designed to encourage discussion and learning. This course is focused on practical application as opposed to theory and equations with the goals of; • Improving skills in recognizing unusual log signatures that can indicate an unconventional or bypassed resource • Improving skills in quality-control of standard logs and processed logs - Recognizing situations where additional logs, core or other information might be needed for proper formation evaluation. *Participants will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course* For general audiences from new grads to gray hairs, for all Geoscientists – anyone with a basic understanding of logs. A diverse mix of experience levels and disciplines provides better discussion.
  • 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: Upstream Petroleum Economics using Excel

    This hands-on course examines many of the traditional topics of engineering economics as applied to typical upstream oil and gas evaluations through introduction of concepts followed by illustrative Excel modeling exercises. The course also sets the stage for various ways to incorporate risk into our analyses and for analyzing uncertainty. *Participants will need to bring a PC laptop with Microsoft Excel to each day of this course*
  • COURSES: Accounting For Non-Accountants

    In this one-day session participants will learn accounting fundamentals to the extent that they will be conversant with accounting terminology and reporting standards – including financial statements, and become familiar with generally accepted accounting principles and recording standards. Who Should Attend Professionals who have accountability or exposure to budgets and other internal financial reports, entrepreneurs, administrators, and those considering jobs in accounting-related fields will gain an understanding of accounting practices and the technical language used by accountants. Participants with or without bookkeeping backgrounds will apply greater depth to financial decision making as a result of this one-day session.

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4215 Voyageur Drive NW
Calgary, AB T3A0J3
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403-467-9040

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