The three-day course is very much a practical hands-on course designed to make the information about clays as easily digestible as possible via a mix of lecture and practical sessions.
The main elements in the course are as follows:
• Clays and Clay Minerals: what are they and why are they important; Structure of Clay Minerals; Chemistry of Clay Minerals: Key methods of clay mineral analysis - X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Infrared spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy; Measurement and Analysis of XRD patterns; Quantitative Analysis of clay minerals by XRD; Geology of clays their occurrence and origin; Physical nature of clays; Clay mineralogy reservoir quality and shale instability.
In terms of what delegates will learn:
• A comprehensive understanding of the structure and chemistry of commonly occurring clay minerals
• An appreciation of the way in which the properties and behaviour of clays are influenced by their structural and chemical nature
• Knowledge of basic geology and how clays occur and form in the various rock types in the stratigraphic column
• The ways in which the various clay minerals interact with water, salt solutions and organic compounds, both in the lab and in the field
• The types of clay minerals that occur in shales, the problems which these minerals can cause during drilling operations and possible remediation measures that can be taken, based on an understanding of the shale mineralogy
• The clay mineralogy of reservoir rocks and the problems that these minerals can give rise to during the production process
• Quantitative analysis of clay materials by X-ray diffraction, emphasising the importance of sample preparation and good technique
• Use of infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy in further characterising clay materials
Who should attend?
The course is intended to be useful for oil industry staff with a wide spectrum of experience who encounter problems concerning clay minerals and for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of clays, the way in which they interact with various fluids, and how they can best be analysed and characterised.
The cost for the three and a half day course is £1800 ex VAT per person and will include both lectures and laboratory practical sessions. Each delegate will receive full course notes. Lunch and coffee included. Delegates must arrange their own accommodation although a list of local hotels and guest houses can be supplied.
Places are limited. This course will run in 12 - 15 September 2017 at The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK. Bookings are being taken now - link available on our website or contact email@example.com.
Date of Training
12 Sep 2017AberdeenX-ray DiffractionSEMIRClay MineralogyClay Minerals2017training and developmentUKXRDDrillingMineralogyfluid interactionsPractical
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