PGE 496 and PGE 497: Capstone Senior Design Project 1 and 2

In phase 1 of the project, i.e. PGE 496, students perform the following task: the students are divided into four groups.  All groups are provided with a real data from an actual oil or gas field, similar to that which would be available to an operator prior to a development decision.  Through this practice, students gain valuable insight into the use of imperfect and incomplete data, the integration of the various taught techniques learned in the other courses in the curriculum and problems of group interaction. Additionally, students must incorporate the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts. A typical capstone design project includes the following components of petroleum and natural gas engineering:

  • Geological, Geophysics, and Formation Evaluation from well logs (Group 1)              
  • Reserves estimation (Group 1)             
  • Reservoir characterization (Group 2)         
  • Drilling and well completion design (Group 3)
  • Production optimization (Group 4)
  • Surface facilities and Pipeline design (Group 4)    
  • Economics and impact on society and environment (All Groups)

During this project, students have access to oil and gas standardization and related state of the art computer softwares.  Each group is expected to follow up with the assigned advisor(s) and submit preliminary (progress) reports for the assigned tasks at the middle of the semester.  Additionally, each group must submit a full comprehensive report on the assigned task, present and defend their work by the end of the semester.  The grading system will be as follows: 40 points for the course work (individual performance, preliminary report submission, preliminary presentation), and 60 points for the final examination (final report, oral presentation, and defense (Q&A)).  A timetable is announced in the beginning of each semester showing supporting lectures schedules and reports submission dates. The grading system will be as follows: 60 points for the course work, and 40 points for the final report, oral presentation and defense (Q&A). 

In phase 2 of the project, i.e. PGE 497, students perform the following task: students are divided into groups.  Each group will be provided with a specific design problem related to oil and gas industry and requested to develop a comprehensive solution based on theoretical, numerical, experimental analysis or combinations.  Groups are expected to submit detailed technical report describing how the provided problem was solved. The grading system will be as follows: 60 points for the course work, and 40 points for the final report, oral presentation and defense (Q&A).

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