Flow Assurance—Managing Flow Dynamics and Production Chemistry

Projects, Facilities and Construction


This course presents a holistic approach to flow assurance. The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterization and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. The course will present best practices and fit-for-purpose design solutions for minimizing the risk of flow stoppage while transporting hydrocarbons from “Pore to Sales Meter”. The principles will be demonstrated using field examples from around the world. 

Topics Include:

  • Introduce key impediments to flow, including slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids, with examples from various challenging environments
  • Review technologies for capturing fluid samples and characterizing their PVT properties
  • Define current measurement and modeling approaches for characterizing production-chemistry impediments, such as asphaltenes, paraffin waxes, hydrates and inorganic scales
  • Introduce fluid flow and heat transfer concepts and their relationship in precipitation of organic and inorganic solids
  • Demonstrate the value of a systematic and holistic flow assurance program for production systems and operations, using case studies from various field locations around the globe

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should Attend

Assuring unimpeded flow from the reservoir to the refinery has game changing impact on field development. Unnecessary investments can be avoided, when engineers are able to characterize and understand the fluid phase behavior controlled by the flow dynamics and production chemistry in wellbores and flow lines.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers and chemists in the upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry. This course will also provide department, asset and technology managers with an appreciation of the risks, challenges and solutions for free flowing hydrocarbon product.

Special Requirements

A basic understanding of petroleum production engineering, chemistry and project management.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.


Abul Jamaluddin is currently a director with Schlumberger Learning Network. He is also a production domain advisor with Schlumberger, specializing in reservoir fluids phase behavior and production assurance. His career began in 1990 as a research scientist with Noranda Technology Centre, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including program leader for Energy Technology. He joined Hycal as the director of technical services in 1996. Jamaluddin joined Schlumberger in 1998 and established several Fluid Analysis Centers around the world. He then went on to lead the well completion and productivity marketing team for Saudi, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Bahrain. Consequently, he created and led the reservoir fluid advisory team of Schlumberger based in Houston. He is co-inventor of nine patented processes related to petroleum production and optimization, coauthored over 80 technical papers, and received three Best Technical Paper Awards.

Jamaluddin has been an active member of various SPE committees including workshops, forums, and the Distinguish Lecturer Selection Committee. He is a technical editor of Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology and SPE Production & Operations. He chaired the 2003 IQPC Flow Assurance Conference held in Kuala Lumpur. In 2011, he chaired the SPE Flow Assurance Workshop and SPE Forum on Sour Gas Field Development. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and an SPE Distinguished Lecturer 2004–2005. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering.