Emerging Trends & Communications

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Let's take a brief look at what you can expect to learn in each lesson within the emerging trends and communications course.

Emerging Trends and Communications Course Content Overview

  • Underground Injection
  • Induced Seismicity                    
  • Subsurface Containment 
  • Rhetorical Strategies                    
  • Knowing Yourself and Social Networks
  • Difficult Situations

The first lesson in the emerging trends and communications course provides an introduction to different classes of underground injection wells and their primary application. The course explains primacy, class I, class II, class III, class IV, class V and class VI wells, and the importance of particular classes to oil and gas operations and geothermal energy. An in-depth segment within the underground injection lesson explains the use of of various injection techniques to enhance production. Specific lessons discuss the role of carbon dioxide injection, both for enhanced oil recovery and storage, in the move toward sustainability.

The next lesson covers induced seismicity: often low magnitude earthquakes caused by human activity such as geothermal energy access, wastewater injections, hydraulic fracturing. This lesson includes foundational information on seismic waves, the earthquake measurement process, a brief history of natural earthquakes, and the geomechanics of fluid injection. A case study references induced seismicity at the DFW Airport, and the public’s concerns over petroleum operations.

The lesson on subsurface containment discusses the critical aspects of well integrity and subsurface integrity. This lesson highlights components such as primary, secondary, and tertiary well control, well construction, and aging well infrastructure. Lesson content also includes case studies of several high profile incidents such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles.

The course concludes with three lessons designed to assist learners converse about emerging topics, many of which may be controversial. These communication lessons provide knowledge and training on rhetorical strategies, knowing yourself and social networks, and how to overcome difficult situations. Indeed, communications and proper self-assessment are critical in expressing and articulating ideas in a clean, concise, and well-constructed manner. This course helps you dive into the emerging trends present in the current energy sector and how you can engage in intelligent and trusted conversation around these topics.

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