TOP Energy Training believes that collaboration provides the highest quality, most informed, online oil and gas curriculum for professionals. Our emphasis on collaboration led to the formation of an educational consortium made up of Colorado School of Mines, Penn State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. With our combined resources and expertise, we design and create online training courses for aspiring oil and gas professionals, focusing on the fundamental technology, science, and engineering of oil and gas operations.
Faculty and specialists from numerous universities, oil and gas experts with a range of industry backgrounds and environmental approaches, and non-governmental professionals with a diversity of technical and environmental insight have helped create our course material. We’ve assembled a team of professionals and educators who provide unbiased, objective information about technological advancements and trends in an engaging online learning environment.
We know that finding time for professional development can be challenging. That’s why TOP Energy courses are online and can be completed at your own pace. When you grow your expertise and knowledge you increase your value. TOP Energy courses are designed and built by leaders in the field to provide unprecedented insight and guidance related to the oil and gas industry. Access to Top Energy Training allows technical staff to stay abreast of industry advancements preparing them to be highly effective contributors and to shape their career. Examples of technical staff include:
Induced Seismicity Lesson (part of Emerging Trends Course):
Our induced seismicity curriculum discusses low magnitude earthquakes caused by human activity such as geothermal energy access, wastewater injections, and 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 carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) presents the role of carbon dioxide injection, both for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and storage, in the move toward sustainability. The recent rule establishing a new class (VI) of injection wells, as well as a number of policy and tax incentives in the U.S., have created renewed interest and activity around CCUS technology. This lesson covers general history and specifics of Class VI wells, the role of EOR in storage, misconceptions about carbon dioxide, protections for drinking water resources, and Class VI well considerations, such as storage capacity, injection rate and storage mechanisms.
The application of geology and engineering is the technical backbone of oil and gas industry operations. In addition, the industry relies on the contribution of non-technical positions that are critical to numerous supporting functions. Knowledge of evolving technologies will augment non-technical staff’s understanding of the impact of their jobs, leading to more effective communication with geologists and engineers. Too often people in these positions do not realize the important role they play in a greater industry effort. Access to Top Energy Training allows non-technical staff to stay abreast of industry advancements preparing them to be highly effective contributors and to shape their career. Examples of non-technical staff include:
Understanding the basics of drilling operations combined with a comprehensive petroleum literacy is a critical component of building public trust, especially when legal issues arise that require arbitration, dispute resolution, or litigation. TOP Energy’s curriculum covers how the individual parts of drilling systems work, and why operators use the equipment they do today. Additionally, the curriculum explores some of the planning that goes into selecting the proper drilling mud and casing to safely drill and isolate a well. For a taste of related content, visit our drilling interactive where you can explore the machinery and equipment you might encounter at a drill site.
Stimulating a well means to open up pathways around the wellbore to increase hydrocarbon fluid flow - sometimes to correct the limitations of nature, and sometimes to correct damage created through the drilling process itself. Perhaps no aspect of oil and gas development has spurred more heated dialogue in the last 20 years than the growing utilization of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing operations for well stimulation. To be effective, dialogue must be based on technical truths. The process of drilling through rock can damage the walls of the bore hole and seal them with mud cake. The tall column of drilling mud pushing against the walls of the hole can invade into the formation, reducing permeability to a degree that requires some kind of intervention to make the well economically viable. This lesson will walk through the process of hydraulic fracturing and take a look at two methods of acidizing - another technique used for stimulating a well.
As part of our TOPCORP program, TOP Energy produces free webinars on topics of particular interest to the regulatory community. Many of these webinars are appropriate for educational purposes within a high school or university curriculum. Below, we list a few of these free webinars from those available on our YouTube Channel.
Bryan Swistock, Water Resource Specialist from Penn State University, discusses water testing and water test interpretation. This presentation was delivered on May 7, 2020, as part of the TOPCORP online webinar series.
Justin Brackenrich, Agronomist from Penn State Extension, explains basic soil reclamation and site re-establishment. He discusses soil profiles, textures, acidity, compaction and more! This presentation was delivered on April 30, 2020, as part of the TOPCORP online webinar series.
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Images: “Gas injection, storage and extraction” by Oleg - F via Shutterstock.com; “Drilling CO2 Monitoring Wells in Saskatchewan” by Hilary Olson; “Man worker in the oilfield. Winter period.” by polina_petrenko/stock.adobe.com