CSG Overview–Characterisation to Development

Reservoir Description and Dynamics Management and Information Production and Operations Projects, Facilities and Construction


This course is designed to give the practitioner an overview of critical areas of CSG engineering—moving from the early exploration areas of data acquisition to practical considerations for completions and production.  The instructors will try to tie in key concepts to the general workflows from exploration and appraisal, to pilot testing and optimization, then upscaling to development planning. In each topical area, reference case studies will be used to demonstrate best practices and highlight key areas for optimisation.

Key Course Areas:

  • Introduction to CSG Reservoirs and Projects
  • Reservoir Permeability Determination
  • Reservoir Evaluation and Modelling Considerations towards Prediction
  • Open Hole Completions
  • Cased Hole Completions and Hydraulic Fracturing Optimisation
  • Horizontal Drilling & Completions
  • Production Data Analysis
  • Upscaling from Exploration and Appraisal: Case Studies & Field Examples

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Who Should Attend

This course targets engineers, geoscientists, and engineering technologists who are interested in an intermediate overview on Coal Seam Gas Engineering—from data collection to planning development strategies. Particular emphasis will be placed on completions, their evaluation, and their role in a successful CSG development. Knowledgeable commercial and technical managers from the CSG industry can also gain key engineering perspectives from the workflows and case histories presented in this course.


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.


Mike Zuber holds a BSPE from Marietta College, MSPE from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Technical Advisor for the Schlumberger Asia Area. He is a mentor for the emerging unconventional gas, shale, and coalbed methane business in Asia. 

From 2003 to 2007, Zuber was VP-Reservoir Engineering for CDX Gas, LLC.  Prior to joining CDX, Zuber was a consultant for 20+ years, working primarily on critical evaluations for unconventional gas reservoirs and has authored numerous publications relating to evaluation of coalbed methane reservoirs.  He taught the SPE short course “Coalbed Methane Engineering Methods” for many years.

Ray Johnson, Jr.

Ray Johnson, Jr. is currently GM Exploration and Production for Armour Energy in Brisbane. He completed a BA in chemistry and MSc in petroleum engineering and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Queensland.

Johnson has 32 years of experience in conventional and unconventional exploration; well planning; well completions and hydraulic fracturing design; execution and evaluation throughout Australia and North America in roles with service, consulting, and operating companies. Johnson is a member of SPE and SPWLA, has written numerous SPE papers, and made numerous presentations on reservoir engineering and hydraulic fracture optimisation.