Petroleum Engineering (PETE)


PETE 1010 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (2 credits)
F Prereq.: MATH 1021. Scientific bases of petroleum geology and chemistry, exploration, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and refining.


PETE 2031 Reservoir Rock Properties (3 credits)
F Prereq.: MATH 1552 , GEOL 1001 and PHYS 2101. Physical properties of reservoir rock related to the production of oil and gas.
PETE 2032 Reservoir Fluid Properties (3 credits)
S Prereq.: credit or registration in PHYS 2102. Physical and chemical properties of petroleum reservoir fluids related to production of oil and gas.
PETE 2034 [Not Offered] Rock and Fluid Properties Laboratory (1 credits)
S Prereq.: credit in PETE 2031 and/or 2032, and registration in the other course. 3 hrs. lab.
PETE 2060 Computational Methods in Petroleum Engineering (2 credits)
F Prereq.: MATH 1552. 1 hr. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Computing infrastructure, programming fundamentals, numerical methods, and petroleum engineering commercial software.


PETE 3002 [Not Offered] Communicating Petroleum Engineer ing Technology (3 credits)
V Prereq.: ENGL 2000, junior standing in the College of Engineering, and permission of department. Communication skills including technical writing, public speaking, group management, and computer usage applied to petroleum engineering topics.
PETE 3025 Economic Aspects of Petroleum Production (3 credits)
F Prereq.: ECON 2030 and credit or registration in IE 3302. Mineral ownership and leasing in Louisiana; production decline curve analysis; profitability analysis; risk analysis; evaluation of petroleum properties.
PETE 3036 Well Logging (3 credits)
F Prereq.: PETE 2031, and either EE 2950 or PHYS 2102. Qualitative and quantitative formation evaluation by means of electric, acoustic, and radioactive well logs.
PETE 3037 Petroleum Field Oper ations (1 credits)
F Prereq.: permission of department; 3 hrs. lab. Field operations associated with production engineering; field equipment and operation; pneumatic and electronic safety systems; fluid flow measurements.
PETE 3050 RESERVOIR DYNAMICS (3.0 credits)
PETE 3053 Petroleum Engineering Aspects of Subsurface Geology (3 credits)
S Prereq.: PETE 3025 and 3036; or senior status in geology. Engineering aspects of petroleum geology; interpretation of subsurface data; reservoir mapping; determination of reservoir volume.
PETE 3085 [Not Offered] WELL PRODUCTION (3.0 credits)
PETE 3990 [Not Offered] Independent Research (1-2 credits)
F,S,Su May be taken for a max. of 3 sem. hrs. of credit. Number of hours, outline of proposed work, and name of faculty supervisor must be stated at time of registration. Individual research or engineering studies with faculty supervision.


PETE 4045 Drilling Engineering (3 credits)
F Prereq.: PETE 4060, CE 2200 and credit or registration in CE 3400. Drilling process, including equipment and performance; well pressure control and buoyancy; rheology, circulation pressure, and optimum hydraulics of drilling fluids; oil well casing design and cementing techniques.
PETE 4046 [Not Offered] Well Design-Production (3 credits)
S Prereq.: PETE 4045, CE 2460 or ME 3133, and CE 3400. Analysis and design of well production systems; rod pumping, gas lift.
PETE 4050 [Not Offered] Reservoir Dynamics (3 credits)
Prereq.: PETE 2032, ME 3333 and MATH 2065. Fundamentals of reservoir flow; application to single-well performance; well testing, gas reservoir engineering; waterflooding fundamentals.
PETE 4051 Reserve Estimation and Reservoir Management (3 credits)
F Prereq.: PETE 3025, 3053, and IE 3302. Quantitative study and behavior prediction of volumetric and water-drive reservoir systems by material balance.
PETE 4056 [Not Offered] Numerical Simulation of Improved Recovery Processes (3 credits)
S Prereq.: MATH 2065, and PETE 4050 and 4051. Use of computer simulation to predict oil and gas reservoir performance and to design enhanced recovery processes.
PETE 4058 Reservoir Mechanics Laboratory (1 credits)
S Prereq.: PETE 4051. 3 hrs. lab. Simulation of reservoirs with physical models; fluid flow in porous media.
PETE 4059 Drilling Fluids Laboratory (1 credits)
F Prereq.: credit or registration in PETE 4045. 3 hrs. lab. Accompanies PETE 4045.
PETE 4060 [Not Offered] Prevention of Oil and Gas Well Blowouts (1 credits)
S Prereq.: CE 2200. 3 hrs. lab. Causes and detection of well kicks and the proper handling of these kicks to prevent uncontrolled flow (blowout) from the well; methods and techniques currently used in the oil and gas industry.
PETE 4083 [Not Offered] Secondary Recovery of Petroleum (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4050 and 4051. Reservoir mechanics and application of immiscible fluids displacement methods to secondary recovery of oil.
PETE 4084 [Not Offered] FF AND HT IN WELLS (3.0 credits)
PETE 4085 [Not Offered] Surface Handling of Produced Fluids (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 2032 and 2034. Operating principles and design criteria for equipment used in field processing of oil and gas, e.g., lean oil gasoline plants, gas dehydration units, gas sweetening units, cryogenic gasoline plants, separators, gas transmission and compression facilities.
PETE 4086 [Not Offered] Well Design-Drilling (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4045. Design of drilling operations; bit selection and evaluation; mathematical modeling of bitwear and penetration rate; determination of formation pore pressure and fracture pressure; selection of well casing and casing setting depths; directional drilling; special design considerations for horizontal wells.
PETE 4087 [Not Offered] Environmental Control in Petroleum Engineering (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4045, 4051, and 4059. Environmental impact and pollution mechanisms in petroleum engineering technologies; basic concepts regarding oilfield waste generation, toxicity, and environmental regulatory process; synergy between process productivity and environmental performance.
PETE 4088 [Not Offered] Formation Evaluation (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 3036. Use of different formation evaluation techniques to provide a comprehensive description of reservoir content producibility; drilling fluid and cutting analysis; core analysis; formation tester; drillstem test; analysis of openhole logs by overlay, crossplot, and digital evaluation methods.
PETE 4089 [Not Offered] Natural Gas Engineering (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4051. Application of reservoir engineering principles and practices to gas and gas-condensate reservoirs; prediction of gas well performance; management of all types of gas reservoirs; underground gas storage.
PETE 4090 [Not Offered] UNCONV RESERVOIRS (3.0 credits)
PETE 4241 Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering Design (3 credits)
Prereq.: senior or graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. credit when topics vary. One or more phases of current petroleum engineering design.
PETE 4253 [Not Offered] Unitization and Appraisal of Petroleum Properties (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 3025, 3053, and 4051. Technical aspects of unitization and evaluation of petroleum properties subject to joint management.
PETE 4998 Senior Project I (1 credits)
F, S Prereq.: senior status in the College of Engineering, ENGL 2000. Written and oral presentation required. First phase of theoretical and/or experimental investigations of an approved topic in petroleum engineering.
PETE 4999 [Not Offered] Senior Project II (1 credits)
F, S Prereq.: PETE 4998 and senior standing in the College of Engineering. Written and oral presentation required. Theoretical and/or experimental investigation, including a literature review, of an approved topic in petroleum engineering.


PETE 7195 [Not Offered] Reservoir Characterization (3 credits)
See GEOL 7195.
PETE 7201 Fluid Flow in Porous Media (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4050 and 4056, or equivalent. General hydrodynamic equations for flow of fluids through porous media; twodimensional flow problems and potential theory methods; gravity flow systems; two-fluid systems; systems of nonuniform permeability; multiple well systems using computerized streamline tracking methods.
PETE 7202 [Not Offered] Advanced Well Testing Theory and Analysis (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4050 and 4051 or equivalent. Unsteady-state flow of reservoir fluids in porous media; application of theory to pressure buildup analysis, well interference testing, pulse testing, pressure draw down analysis, drill stem testing, and water influx prediction.
PETE 7211 [Not Offered] Production System Analysis (3 credits)
V Prereq.: CE 2200, ME 3333 and PETE 4046 or equivalent. Use of multiphase flow correlations to determine flow rates and pressure traverses in flowing oil wells, gas-condensate wells, gathering systems, and pipe lines; applications of correlations to the design of gas lift systems.
PETE 7212 [Not Offered] Well Completion Design (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4046 or consent of instructor. Systems analysis for optimum production by designing best combination of tubing, flow lines, choke sizes, perforation density, and separator pressure; inflow performance of reservoirs; well completion techniques; gravel packing; tubing effects.
PETE 7214 [Not Offered] PETROL GEOMECHANICS (3.0 credits)
PETE 7221 [Not Offered] Drilling Data Acquisition and Processing (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4059, 4060, and 4086 or equivalent. Mud and surface drilling data acquisition and processing; downhole data acquisition with drilling stopped and while drilling, data processing; formation evaluation and data analysis.
PETE 7222 [Not Offered] Downhole Production Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4057 and 4085. Wireline sidewall core and fluid recovery; data analysis and completion techniques; thermodynamic properties of fluids; downhole production data acquisition and interpretation; cased hole formation evaluation.
PETE 7231 [Not Offered] Nonthermal Methods of Enhanced Oil Recovery (3 credits)
V Theory and field practice related to miscible displacement processes and chemical and polymer flooding techniques.
PETE 7232 [Not Offered] Thermal Methods of Oil Recovery (3 credits)
V Theory of heat transfer and heat generation applied to the performance prediction of oil recovery by such field processes as forward and reverse in situ combustion, continuous and cyclic hot fluid injection, and production well heating.
PETE 7241 Selected Topics in Advanced Petroleum Engineering (3 credits)
V May be repeated for credit when topic varies; a total of 12 sem. hrs. of credit may be earned in these two courses.
PETE 7242 [Not Offered] Selected Topics in Advanced Petroleum Engineering (3 credits)
V May be repeated for credit when topic varies; a total of 12 sem. hrs. of credit may be earned in these two courses.
PETE 7256 Special Problems in Petroleum Engineering (1-6 credits)
F,S,Su May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Individual study and research.
PETE 7280 [Not Offered] Mathematical Simulation of Petroleum Reservoir Performance (3 credits)
V Prereq.: PETE 4056 or equivalent; and PETE 4050 and 4051. Development and application of mathematical models for predicting petroleum reservoir performance, including multiphase fluid flow in three dimensions.
PETE 7285 [Not Offered] Statistical Reservoir Modeling (3 credits)
Prereq.: permission of instructor. Theory and practice of modeling uncertainty; spatially variable rock properties for subsurface reservoirs; distributions, transforms, Beyesian updating, variograms/correlograms, estimation and coestimation with various kriging methods, conditional simulation.
PETE 7999 Seminar (1 credits)
All graduate students are expected to attend this course every semester. Only 1 sem. hr. of credit will be allowed towards the degree. Pass/Fail grading.


PETE 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
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PETE 9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
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