Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions

Production and Operations


This course is designed to give trainees an overview of various artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. After introducing participants to the need for an artificial lift system, training will focus on each of the following lift methods: Gas lift, Reciprocating Rod Lift, Progressing Cavity Pumping, Hydraulic Pumping, Electrical Submersible Pumping, Plunger and Capillary System. For each lift type, the course covers main components, application envelope, relative strengths and weaknesses. Animations, field cases, and example-calculations are used to reinforce concepts. A unique feature of this course is discussion on digital oil field as applicable to lift optimization. The course will close with a discussion session wherein trainees would discuss their challenges and plans for lift systems with a view to understand applicability of the concepts learned during the training.

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why You Should Attend

Every oil and gas well requires a lift mechanism at some time-point. Often times during a well’s life cycle, changing conditions, necessitate switching from one to another lift method. Each lift system’s applicability often overlaps with other lift systems and it is important to understand when to use one and why not to use another. This course while providing instructions at awareness level will arm attendees with sufficient details to participate in informative decision making process.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning about lift systems application. Production and field operations engineers, operators, geoscientists, and reservoir engineers who wish to understand the implications of lift systems on their field/reservoirs.

Special Requirements

Calculator for example calculations.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Rajan Chokshi works for Weatherford International as a Vice President of training and development for the production systems in Houston, Texas, USA.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Chokshi has worked on many petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design and optimization, and production optimization. He has authored papers, made presentations and continues to teach professional courses in the areas of artificial lift, gas lift, sucker rod pumping, multiphase flow metering and production optimization. Besides training and competency, his interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally; technology integration and commercialization.  He  is a distinguished SPE lecturer for the 2015-2016 year.

Chokshi holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT, Kanpur, India respectively, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, OK, USA.

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