e-Course: Rod Pumping Diagnosis & Optimization
I have had a passion for rod pumping since I first graduated from university and moved out to Midland, TX, which has pumping units dotted all over in a 2-hr radius around in every direction. Rod Pumping is a sexy form of artificial lift: big pumping unit, swinging pump action on the pressure gauge, and dynamometer cards that show you what is happening live downhole at the pump. Ever stand at an ESP or Gas Lift wellhead and see anything sexy???
I have been working on building this course in my free time during the last 2.5-years (since mid 2019). I was a production engineer/manager for 5-years at an oil company and the last 7-years+ I have been working for myself and been out in the field doing FL Shots and Dyno testing, so I know the theory and the actual field practice. Since starting Downhole Diagnostic, I have been saving and cataloguing interesting sets of fluid level and dynamometer data: I saved it as a reference for myself and thought maybe I would write a book some day and share it all. I later realized, video learning would be a much better format and so in 2019, in my free time (…I have a family and full time job), I have been steadily creating this course. Since I have been compiling the course for so long, anytime I came across an interesting example case, I would record the important data and throw it in the course.
It has been a long arduous road, but I am almost finished and the course is looking really good! I hope for the course to be out by mid-2022, but life has been busy so it might be the end of 2022 (so just sign up and I will notify you). It has taken much longer than I anticipated as I am a perfectionist (which can sometimes be to my own detriment…but if you have seen any of my presentations at forums, you can see I take pride in building quality slides). I am nearly finished making my 3rd and final run through the slides (polishing) and then the next step will be to record. It will be a computer based course that you pay for, have access to for several months and you can take it at your own pace when you have time. I anticipate it will be around a 3-day class (three eight-hour days), but I’m not exactly sure how long it will be until I get it recorded. It will be broken into sections and I have a detailed outline of the sections, so you can watch it straight through or skip around as you please.
It will be a master class on understanding rod pumping systems and using/interpreting fluid level shots and dynamometer tests, but in order to have a full-level comprehension you have to understand the whole system, so we will go into downhole pumps, gas and solid separators, rod design, POC/VSD, chemical treatment, etc. Dynamometers only apply to rod pumping but FL Shots apply to any form of artificial lift, so understanding how to acquire/interpret/apply this can be used for ESP, Gas Lift, etc.
I will be showing lots of unique pictures I have taken in the field to keep it engaging; the data/examples are real and coming mostly from the Echometer TAM software and POC’s, and I have made a lot of new/original schematics in PowerPoint to illustrate what I will be discussing. We will learn how to aquire good data, how to properly interpret it, and all along the course I will be giving real world applications of how to use it to troubleshoot/optimize. Even if you don’t use the Echometer system, the concepts we are discussing are universal and apply to any system you use to acquire FL Shots or Dyno cards. For those of you who do use the Echometer TAM, we will explore a lot of features/options it has inside as we progress through different sections so you will be much better prepared to extract the most value out of their powerful software.
The slides are beautiful (not just paragraphs of writing I will read) and each topic will come up one at a time on the slide so I can guide your focus as we progress through a slide/topic. To keep it more interesting, I will be a little guy floating in the lower corner of the slide (green screen behind me) so you can see me speaking and not just stare at a dead slide.
I will try to get a sample video of how the class will look posted up here sometime soon. Please sign up if you would like to be notified when it is live and I look forward to seeing you in class!