Continuing Education - Resources

Coalbed Methane Reservoir Engineering Training Course - 3 to 5 December 2018

Instructor: Christopher R. Clarckson

Register at by 26 November 2018

By the end of this course, you should:

  • Gain some familiarity with the characteristics of major CBM/CSG plays
  • Understand the fundamentals of gas storage and flow in CBM/CSG reservoirs
  • Be familiar with how to calculate gas in place and perform material balance calculations in CBM/CSG reservoirs
  • Be conversant with core-based and field-based formation evaluation techniques in CBM/CSG
  • Be familiar with the principles of ECBM
  • Understand how the physics of CBM/CSG are incorporated into numerical and analytical simulators
  • Be familiar with how decline curve analysis is performed on CBM/CSG wells

Registration Price (3 days, including GST):

SPE members            $1200

Non-SPE members     $1500

Students                   $900

Employees of the section sponsor companies will receive a discount


Please contact Lucie McMillan:                or           0407 173 446


Christopher R. Clarkson is a professor and the Shell/Encana Chair in Unconventional Gas and Light Oil research in the Department of Geoscience and an adjunct professor with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. His work focus in industry was on exploration for and development of unconventional gas (UG) and light oil (ULO) reservoirs. His research focus since coming to U of Calgary in 2009 has been on advanced reservoir characterization methods for UG-ULO, such as rate- and pressure-transient analysis, flowback analysis, and core analysis. He is also interested in simulation of enhanced recovery processes in UG-ULO, and how these processes can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Clarkson leads an industry-sponsored consortium called “Tight Oil Consortium”, focused on these research topics for unconventional light oil reservoirs in Western Canada.

Clarkson holds a Ph.D. degree in geological engineering from the U. of British Columbia, Canada, and is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific and engineering journals. Clarkson was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2009/2010 lecture season, is the 2016 recipient of the SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award (Canadian Region), and the 2018 recipient of the SPE Calgary Sections’ Technical Excellence and Achievement Award.  He also received the 2017 ASTech award for “Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology and Innovation” for his work on rate-transient analysis of unconventional reservoirs.

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