Practical Wireline Formation Testing & Sampling

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course is designed for petrophysics and reservoir engineers who are involved in formation sampling and testing. Through the training course, the attendee will learn how to acquire quality pressure surveys and how to interpret them, fluids identification while pumping, how to get a representative sample, and how to design a tool string for a given problem.

Why Attend?

To learn about reservoir characterization using formation testers, to be able to interpret pressure and fluid properties, and to design a successful sampling and testing operation.

Who Should Attend

This class designed for geologists, reservoir engineers, production/testing engineers, and petrophysical engineers involved or interested in wireline formation sampling and testing.

Special Requirements

There are no special requirements for this course. It is recommended for participants to bring their own examples.


Mohamed Hashem is currently the subsurface technology manager for the North Caspian Operating Company, seconded from Shell. Previously, he was Shell’s regional technology manager for the Middle East, Caspian, and South East Asia. He is also Shell’s principal technical expert for formation testing and sampling. This is the highest technical level achievable in Shell short of a chief scientist. Hashem earned his BSME degree from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt in 1980; an MSPE degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1987; and a DE degree in 1990 in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

Hashem joined Shell in 1990, and worked on shelf and deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration, development and production projects including Shell’s flagship Auger project (1st deepwater project). For the last 12 years, he worked on global Shell projects as a Global Consultant. Before 1990, he worked for Schlumberger and was lecturer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Based in Astana, Hashem is currently working on bringing new technology to develop the challenging Kashagan field and its satellites. Throughout his career, he has worked on major projects in the Far and Middle East, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Mohamed is the author of 13 patents and numerous publications and papers. He was SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009/2010, and SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer from 2003 to 2007.