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This course is designed for anyone who leads or coordinates field activities such as Field Trips, Field Seminars, Field Camps, or general field work, for companies or student groups. Participants will acquire and practice strategies to prepare for and conduct safe and effective field activities. (Although not required, previous participants have suggested that having NOLS - Wilderness First Aid or equivalent training will enhance the course experience.)
  • Compare conventional and unconventional petroleum systems
  • Understand the risk factors associated with unconventional reservoir rocks
  • Develop an appreciation for unconventional reservoir heterogeneity
  • Evaluate the geochemistry and hydrocarbon potential of unconventional reservoirs
  • Recognize wireline and mud logging usage for evaluating unconventional reservoirs parameters
  • Address the importance of dynamic rock mechanics and rock physics for unconventional reservoirs de-risking
  • Present examples of successful multidisciplinary collaboration in unconventional reservoir development
  • Introduce new and emerging technologies into de-risking unconventional reservoir

This course will be held in conjunction with: NAPE Summit, 3–7 February 2020, Houston, Texas.

Course Content

The first day of this fully interactive course covers injuries and illnesses that occur commonly during field activities, why accidents occur (human factors analysis), first-aid review, and the field safety process in normal operations and emergency response through scenario analysis, problem solving, and role play. Participants will also practice using field-safety-training materials and modules designed for field-camp students and suitable for use in field-methods classes.

On the second day, participant teams will take turns leading a model field day at a nearby site including briefings, driving, hiking, risk assessment, intervening for safety, safety equipment use, and emergency response drills. This field day allows the participants to practice what they learned the first day, interact and learn from their colleagues, and to learn from observing how their fellow participants put into practice what was covered in the first day. Thus the participants will learn both to lead safe field activities and to train others in safe field practices.


Day 1 – Classroom

  • Goals and Learning Objectives
  • Introductions
  • Field Safety Scenarios
    • Break
  • Why Accidents Occur – Human Factors
    • Break
  • Field Operations
  • Safety and Leadership for Field Activities
    • Lunch
  • Emergency Response Plan and Action
    • Break
  • First Aid – Wilderness and Remote
    • Break
  • Field Equipment and Supplies 

Day 2 – Field

  • Field Day Briefing in Classroom
  • Drive to Field Area
    • Convoy Driving Strategies
  • Field Stops, Simulate Typical Field Activity (ALL)
    • Practice In-Field Standard Operating Procedures, Leadership
    • Hazard Identification
    • Site Summary Sheets
    • Field First Aid
    • Emergency Response
  • Drive Back to Office
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

As an attendee of this Short Course, you are free to book your own hotel accommodations. With several in close proximity to the Exxonmobil Campus, these options should accommodate every need and budget. Choose your preference and please book directly with the hotel.

Closest to the Exxonmobil Campus – same side of I-45

Courtyard By Marriott ($113)
22742 Holzworth Rd. Spring TX 77389
0.8 miles/3 min
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Residence Inn By Marriott ($169)
22814 Holzworth Rd. Spring, TX 77389
0.7 miles/3 min

Houston Cityplace, Marriott at Springwoods Village ($219)
1200 Lake Plaza Drive, Spring TX 77389
1.6 miles/6 min

Close but across I-45 from ExxonMobil Campus

Hilton Garden Inn North Houston Spring ($112)
23535 Northgate Crossing Blvd., Spring, TX 77373
2.1 miles/8 min

Hampton Inn & Suites North Houston Spring ($125)
23523 Northgate Crossing Blvd., Spring, TX 77373
2 miles/7 min

Homewood Suites By Hilton North Houston/Spring ($144)
23800 Interstate 45N, Spring, TX 77373
4.4 miles/12 min

North of Campus, same side of I-45

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Houston North/Spring ($119)
24485 Interstate 45N Spring, TX, 77380
2.7 miles/8 min

North of Campus but across I-45 from ExxonMobil Campus

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston North Sring Area ($87)
24888 Interstate 45 N, spring, TX 77386
3.2 miles/11 min

In the Woodlands

Westin Woodlands ($228)
2 Waterway Square Pl., The Woodlands, TX, 77380
6 miles/11 min

Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center ($269)
1601 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
6 miles/12 min

Hyatt Centric The Woodlands
9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
7 miles/15 min

Hilton Garden Inn Houston/The Woodlands ($164)
9301 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
7 miles/16 min

Expires on
04 February, 2020
Professional Fee

Included: Course notes on flash drive and coffee breaks. 

Note: Participants will need to bring their laptop.


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