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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

PGE | Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

380, 680. Advanced Petroleum Laboratory for Master's Degree Candidates. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in petroleum and geosystems engineering.

381. Drilling Engineering. Not open to students who have a degree in petroleum engineering. Basic drilling terminology and advanced drilling engineering topics. Required for students pursuing the doctoral degree in petroleum engineering. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in petroleum engineering.

381K. Engineering Analysis. Application of classical methods of mathematical analysis to problems frequently encountered in engineering applications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

381L. Advanced Petrophysics. Measurement, interpretation, and analysis of petrophysical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

381M. Transport Phenomena. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in computational and applied mathematics, engineering, or geological sciences.

382. Basic Geological Concepts for Engineers. Basic geological principles for students with little or no geological background. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in petroleum or civil engineering.

382K. Theory and Application of Reservoir Transients. Mathematical development and application of multiple pressure transients in well and reservoir systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

382L. Numerical Methods in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Same as Computational and Applied Mathematics 382L. The use of numerical methods and computers in the solution of petroleum and geosystems engineering problems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

383. Special Topics in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Recent literature on petroleum production practice and petroleum and geosystems engineering problems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in computational and applied mathematics, engineering, or geological sciences. Students seeking to enroll in any seminar must present technical prerequisites satisfactory to the instructor.

Topic 2: Advanced Drilling Fluids.

Topic 5: Thermal Recovery.

Topic 6: Advanced Reservoir Engineering.

Topic 10: Numerical Solution of Time-Dependent Problems. Same as Computational and Applied Mathematics 383 (Topic 1: Numerical Solution of Time-Dependent Problems).

Topic 12: Near Wellbore Problems.

Topic 16: Topics in Computational Methods. Same as Computational and Applied Mathematics 383 (Topic 2: Topics in Computational Methods).

Topic 17: Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.

Topic 20: Geostatistics.

Topic 24: Natural Gas Engineering.

Topic 27: Rock Mechanics: Drilling, Completing, and Producing Applications.

Topic 28: Macroeconomics of Petroleum.

Topic 30: Fundamentals of Subsurface Environmental Engineering.

Topic 32: Hydraulic Fracture Design and Evaluation.

Topic 33: Advanced Drilling and Well Completion.

Topic 35: Advanced Production Engineering.

Topic 36: Advanced Numerical Methods.

Topic 38: Chromatographic Transport and Geochemical Modeling.

Topic 39: Design and Analysis of Pumping Systems.

Topic 41: Energy Finance.

Topic 46: International Petroleum Concessions and Agreements.

Topic 50: Reservoir Applications of Foam.

Topic 51: Special Problems in Well-Logging.

Topic 55: Pore-Level Petrophysics. Geological and mathematical investigation of pore-scale basis for transport phenomena and petrophysical properties of sedimentary rocks. Additional prerequisite: Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 381L or consent of instructor.

Topic 56: Stochastic Methods for Reservoir Modeling. Spatial interpolation and stochastic simulation techniques for reservoir characterization.

Topic 57: Deepwater Operations. Overview of various technical, logistical, and managerial elements that are functionally integrated in deepwater operations, with emphasis on applications in the Gulf of Mexico.

Topic 58: Applied Reservoir Characterization. Reservoir modeling using software tools for statistical analysis of reservoir data; variogram analysis and modeling; spatial interpolation (kriging); tools for data integration in kriging; stochastic simulation of rock types (lithology), pay thickness/porosity, and permeability; inputting geological models into flow simulation; uncertainty assessment.

384. Advanced Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior. Thermodynamic study of pressure/volume/temperature/composition relationships in oil and gas mixtures. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in petroleum engineering and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in petroleum and geosystems engineering.

385M. Advanced Well-Logging and Correlation. Advanced well-logging for the geologist and engineer, involving working problems with suites of well logs to cover advanced mapping and logging techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 368, and Geological Sciences 383.

386K. Advanced Fluid Flow in Porous Media. The hydrodynamic equations governing the steady state flow of homogeneous fluids in porous media and their application to petroleum and geosystems engineering problems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

387. Secondary Recovery of Petroleum. Recovery by gas injection and water flooding. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in petroleum engineering and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in petroleum and geosystems engineering.

387K. Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery I. Recent innovations in the recovery of petroleum by injecting fluids miscible with the oil or by application of heat to the reservoir. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

387L. Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery II. Selection of candidate reservoirs; design and performance prediction of miscible and thermal processes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 387K.

388. Advanced Reservoir Engineering. Basic concepts of reservoir engineering, with applications to the production of hydrocarbons from both gas and oil reservoirs. Examines the governing equations for flow in permeable media, as well as concepts such as streamline flow; pseudo-steady-state flow, fractional flow, and both immiscible and miscible flow. Uses black oil and compositional reservoir simulators. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in computational and applied mathematics, engineering, or geological sciences. Students must present technical prerequisites satisfactory to the instructor.

389. Economic Analysis in the Petroleum Industry. Engineering justification for capital outlay in the petroleum industry. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or geological sciences.

290, 390, 690, 990. Advanced Laboratory for Doctoral Candidates. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in petroleum engineering.

392K. Numerical Simulation of Reservoirs. Development and application of reservoir simulator models to primary and secondary recovery processes in reservoir engineering. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

393. Research Seminar. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

397M. Graduate Research Internship. For students holding Master of Science degrees from other institutions who wish to pursue Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Texas at Austin. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser and the dean of the College of Engineering.

698. Thesis. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in petroleum engineering and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 698A.

398R. Master's Report. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in petroleum engineering and consent of the graduate adviser.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 399R, 699R, or 999R.

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