Practical Wireline Formation Testing & Sampling

Production and Operations


This course is designed for petrophysics and reservoir engineers who are involved in formation sampling and testing. Through the training course, students will learn the latest techniques and tools available, steps to perform pressure interpretation and acquisition, sampling knowledge (best practices), methods to get a representative sample, and how to design a tool string for a given problem.

Why Attend?

This course is designed for those who want to learn about reservoir characterization using formation testers, how to interpret pressure and fluid properties, and how to design a successful sampling and testing operation.

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for geophysicists, reservoir engineers and any 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 to contribute to course discussions.


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 3-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page:


Mohamed Hashem is currently the Reservoir Development Manager for Dragon Oil responsible for Reservoir Engineering and Development of dragon Oil fields around the world.

Mohamed joined Dragon Oil from Shell after working 25 years.  His last assignment was in Kazakhstan as the New Technology Manager for the North Caspian Operating Company working on bringing challenging technology to develop the giant Kashagan field and its satellites, seconded from Shell. Previously he was Shell’s Regional Technology Manager for the Middle East, Caspian, and South East Asia. Mohamed was also Shell’s Principal Technical Expert (PTE) for formation testing and sampling. This is the highest technical level achievable in Shell short of a chief scientist.

Mohamed earned his BS Mechanical Engineering degree from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt in 1980; an MS Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 1987; and a DE degree in 1990 in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.

Mohamed 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, Mohamed worked on global Shell projects from Australia to Norway. Before 1990, he worked for Schlumberger and was lecturer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he has worked on major projects in the Far and Middle East, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Author of 16 patents, numerous publications, and chaired many major SPE conferences.