Understanding The Petroleum Exploration & Production Industry

May 19-21st 2015

Wareham, Dorset England - UK £1550 ( + VAT)
(Discounts available for multiple bookings from a single company - please enquire)

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'The Dorset Course' - Highlights

Peter Granger's highly acclaimed 3-day introduction to the upstream oil and gas industry

Specially designed for non-technical, financial, legal, PA's and administrative staff

A mixture of classroom exercises, practical and enjoyable team exercises and
field excursions along the Jurassic Coast of Southern England

Innovative, informative and fun - includes a unique working oilfield model

Contact Insight Training via Email for more information or to register

About the Course

“The variation of learning techniques, great delivery, imaginative props
and wonderful excursions made the whole experience very fun.”

Participant feedback comment

The aim of this course is to teach the principles of petroleum exploration, development and production in a relaxed and stimulating environment. Non-technical language will be used to explain the scientific, engineering and commercial principles involved in the industry. The course comprises a combination of classroom lectures, innovative demonstrations and field excursions. At each stage of the course participants take part in a series of enjoyable exercises that elucidate the complete exploration and development process, and both the technical and commercial challenges in petroleum production. No previous knowledge of geology or the oil industry is required.

This 3-day field and classroom based course provides an innovative, challenging and enjoyable introduction to the petroleum exploration, development and production industry. The course is run in the beautiful Purbeck Peninsula of Dorset, UK – an area that contains classic petroleum geology and producing oil fields. The Jurassic coastline of the peninsula is designated as a World Heritage Site. You will see and use exploration data such as the seismic line from the Purbeck area, and be able to see the interpreted rocks in the cliffs. A unique working oilfield model will be used to demonstrate the principles of petroleum geology.

You will learn:

Picturesque and historic villages

A chance to hunt for fossils

Detailed Contents List

Petroleum geology

rock types

sedimentary basins

geological structures

hydrocarbon plays

source rocks


traps and seals

unconventional hydrocarbon extraction – including fracking

Exploration Techniques

geological mapping

gravity and magnetics

seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation

play and prospect mapping

evaluation and risk


drilling technology

operations and progress of a well

casing, sampling, logging and testing wells

Field Appraisal, Development and Production

appraising and evaluating a discovery

assessing economic value

production engineering design

development drilling, facilities and production

Who should attend?

This course is primarily designed for non-technical staff - financial managers, legal, PA, government, banking and investment, administrative, asset managers,and other professionals who need to learn more about the oil and gas industry. It has also been beneficial for technical personnel (e.g software engineers) who are transferring from other areas of industry into the oil and gas industry.

About the Tutor

Peter Granger has spent 34 years in the petroleum industry, starting his career with Seismograph Services as a seismic processor before joining BP as an interpreter and review geophysicist.

Peter has worked in diverse locations such as Libya, South Africa and the UK and on a range of basins, with a regional focus on the Atlantic Margins of Britain and Ireland. He worked as the interpreter on the team that discovered the Foinaven Field and West of Shetland Tertiary oil province.

Peter has been a training consultant for 24 years. His courses have been acclaimed for their innovative, fun and practical style and his novel use of working models and practical demonstrations.


Peter offers team-building courses that allow all members of a team (technical and non-technical) to work on a oil and gas exploration challenge in Dorset. This helps non-technical and support staff learn about the industry, appreciate what the technical people are doing, and bonds the team through a series of inspiring and fun challenges - more information about team-building.

Peter is also very interested in emotional intelligence in the workplace and offers a range of courses/workshops in leadership and business creativity/innovation . He runs a creativity and innovationcourse for Nautilus Ltd (part of RPS Group) within their Geoscience Training Alliance. He also offers executive coaching with an emphasis on emotional intelligence and inspirational leadership .

Dates of Course

Understanding The Petroleum Exploration & Production Industry

May 19-21st, 2015

Course Fees

UK £1550 ( + UK VAT Payable at 20%)

Discounts are available if your company books more than one person per course - please contact Insight Training for further information.

Fees include all course materials, a set of course notes, instruction for three days, lunch and refreshments during course, course dinner in local pub or restaurant on second evening, all transport on field trips. Please note: The tuition fee does not include accommodation or meals which must be booked with the venue hotel directly.

Location & Venue

The Purbeck Peninsula, Dorset, England

The Springfield Country Hotel

The Springfield Conutry Hotel, Wareham, England

The hotel is ideal for a field trip and course as it is spacious, has good training rooms and a leisure centre and gym (with indoor and outdoor (summer only) swimming pool) for use by residents.

Address: The Springfield Country Hotel, Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset, England
Post Code: BH20 5AL
Telephone: +44 (0)1929 552177


The course takes place in a training room of The Springfield Hotel and from there participants are driven by mini-bus for afternoon field trips along the coast. All accommodation must be booked by the participant (or the company that sends them) and all bills for accommodation, meals, bar bills and extras will be charged to the participants room.

For accommodation details and booking of rooms go to www.thespringfield.co.uk

Other local hotels and accommodation (most will need a taxi transfer to venue hotel):

www.kempscountryhouse.co.uk (On Wool road approx. 2.5 miles away)

(in Wareham centre approx 1.5 miles away)

(in Corfe Castle approx. 4 miles away)

For other hotels and B&B www.warehamdorset.com

Please note that if participants stay in a hotel other than the Springfield then they will need to get to the hotel each morning and back to their own hotel in the evening. Sometimes it is possible for the tutor to drop people off at the end of the day if the course passes outlying hotels, and this will be arranged by the tutor each day as required.

List of local taxi companies:

Kings Kabs 01929 554223

Jurassic Cabs 01929 558119

Valley Taxis 01929 480507

Richards Taxis 01929 556575

How To Register

To register please email Peter Granger by clicking the email button below. Once we receive your registration we will
book you a place and send you an email confirmation and joining instructions. Payment is via electronic banking transfer - payment details will be sent on confirmation of registration. Payment is requested prior to the running of the course.

Please send the following details with your email registration:

Name of participant(s)
Company Name
Postal Address
Purchase Order Number or Reference for Invoice
Any special dietary or other requirements

Contact Insight Training via Email to Register

Cancellation Policy

Due to our commitments to the venue hotel and the difficulty in finding replacement participants near to the beginning of a course we have a cancellation policy. Course fees cannot be refunded with 30 calendar days of the start of a course - however a replacement participant will be gladly accepted for the course.

Any accommodation costs incurred by late cancellation with the venue hotel are payable by the participant's company.

Contact Information

The course is run by Insight Training, 2 Millfield, Barnston, Great Dunmow, Essex, UK. Tel +44 (0)1371 879959
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