TPG4230 - Field Development and Operations


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 60/100 3 hours
Work 40/100

Course content

The course is teaching a selection of topics and petroleum engineering skills needed for the planning, development and operation of oil and gas fields and to understand, model and analyze their production performance. Topics typically covered in the course (with varying degrees of detail) are: life cycle of a hydrocarbon field, field development workflow, probabilistic reserve estimation, project economic evaluation, offshore field architectures and production systems, reservoir depletion and field performance, production scheduling, flow assurance, flow design of well and seabed boosting, field processing facilities, export product control and integrated asset modeling.

Learning outcome

Ingress: The students should understand the petroleum engineering aspects of planning, developing and operating oil and gas fields. Knowledge: At the end of the term, students should understand the process of planning and developing offshore oil and gas fields and some petroleum engineering aspects that govern the operation of such fields. Students should be able to describe the lifecycle of oil and gas fields from discovery through the assessment phase, the development phase, field operations and abandonment. Students should be able to describe the most common offshore field architectures. Students should be able to describe, understand and explain the functionality of the main components of a production system. Students should understand the risks, uncertainties and economic factors involved in the development and operation of oil and gas fields. The students should understand the depletion performance of a production system, the fundamentals of flow equilibrium calculations and the flow performance of networks. Students should understand and recognize the decision variables, objectives and constraints involved in field planning.

Skills: At the end of the term, the student should be able to perform engineering calculations such as probabilistic estimation of reserves, NPV calculations, flow equilibrium in production systems, flow equilibrium in surface and downhole networks. Students should also be able to compute production profiles using models of the reservoir and production system, and to analyze applications of subsea boosting and ESP. Students should be able to define and set up simple optimization problems. Computational tools typically used during the course are Excel, Excel VBA, GAP, Prosper, MBAL and HYSYS, although other tools are sometimes employed. The students should be able to be self-critical and quality control their results, analyze them and perform sensitivity studies. The students should be able to develop their own computational tools to study simple cases or to use wisely and critically premade routines and simulators.

General competence: The student should be able to learn to solve engineering problems and develop and practice engineering modeling and programming skills. The student should be able to develop critical engineering thinking. The student should be able to practice and develop written engineering communications skills.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and project work. The exercises and the project are compulsory account for 40% of the final grade of the course. During the course the students will develop computational workflows and routines (typically using Excel sheets). The students will also use some pre-made utilities and commercial simulators such as Hysys, Gap, Prosper. The course is taught in English. The lectures and exercises will often relate to an offshore field in Norway (North Sea, Norwegian Sea or Barents Sea). A reference group will be established to evaluate the teaching activities.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (60%) and evaluation of compulsory exercises/project (40%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. There may be additional compulsory exercises not amounting to the final grade, conducted during the semester. The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Given at semester start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4087 7.5 SPRING 2006
TPG4230 7.5 SPRING 2006
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Version: 2
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Production Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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