PDM-030: U.S. Well Spotting

Well Identification and Location Systems

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6 - 10 Hours (Depending on previous exposure to subject)
PDM - 021
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Target Audience:
Regulators, operators, service companies, data and software vendors, Schools (educators, students). Project Managers, Geologists, O&G Engineers, Financial, Field Workers, Business Analyst, Data Governance, Data Architect, Data Management Leaders, Data Managers, Database Analyst, Software Developers.

Course Description:
The United States Well Spotting course builds on the information introduced in the U.S. Land Survey Systems (PDM-021) course. This class provides further knowledge on complex locations, particularly those in Texas and Ohio. We focus on how a well's position is located and described, or “spotted.” U.S. Well Spotting gives insight to much history that explains how the systems in Texas and Ohio evolved. We guide you through the process of placing a well on a map or locating a well that is already on a map. This course is a “must do” for anyone dealing with U.S. wells and their locations.

Learning Outcomes:
Module 1: Review of U.S. Land Survey Systems
  • Recognize the three basic U.S. Land Survey Systems
  • Use the intelligence built into the API Number to help you in the first stages of spotting a well
Module 2: Well Spotting in Congressional/Jeffersonian Survey System
  • Recognize meridians and baselines
  • Understand the subdivisions of townships, ranges, and sections
  • Able to spot wells and recognize irregularities which can lead to wells spotted incorrectly
Module 3: Well Spotting in Metes & Bounds - Carter Coordinate System
  • Understand the history of the Carter Coordinate System
  • Define the grid pattern of the Carter Coordinate System
  • Define the steps to locate wells using the Carter Coordinate System
Module 4: Well Spotting in Metes & Bounds – Ohio
  • Review of an article describing the history of the Ohio
  • Recognize the differences in the major survey systems in Ohio Sections and shown examples of locations in each survey system
Module 5: Well Spotting in Metes & Bounds – Reference Latitudes & Reference Longitude
  • Articulate what is a Reference Longitude and Reference Latitude
  • Differentiate in what States this concept of Well Locating is most applicable
Module 6: Well Spotting in Metes & Bounds - Texas
  • Understand the evolution of Texas Land Surveys.
  • Recognize the different types of measurement references in Texas
  • Review and recognize the steps involved in spotting a well in Texas
Module 7: Well Spotting in Offshore Survey System
  • Understand the concepts of Protraction Areas and Blocks
  • Review and recognize the steps involved in spot a well in the Offshore Survey System of the Gulf of Mexico
Module 8: Wellbore Types and Bottom Hole Locations
  • Recognize the importance of Wellbore types and bottom hole locations
  • Apply an understanding of surface and bottom hole locations in vertical wells, horizontal wells, and deviated wells

Evaluation Method(s) / Metrics:
Examination (70% or higher to achieve a Pass).

Completion Award:
PPDM Certificate of Completion.

Special Requirements:
There are no special requirements for this course.