Design of Fiber-Optic DTS and DAS Well Installations

Disciplines: Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

This one-day training event introduces completion, production, surveillance and reservoir engineers to the design of fiber-optic DTS (distributed temperature sensing) and DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) well installations.  A basic understanding of the principles and benefits of DTS, DAS and surveillance monitoring technology in general is assumed.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • Technical and economic factors that influence the selection and justification for installing DAS/DTS systems in specific well types.
  • Completion and monitoring components needed to deliver a DAS/DTS-monitored well.
  • Installation and commissioning operations.
  • The first segment of the training covers the background and procedures for selecting candidate wells for DAS and DTS monitoring and for selecting specific monitoring options such as DTS, DAS and pressure gauges. A brief set of examples and exercises will illustrate the cost-benefit analysis one may employ during the selection and planning phases.
  • The second training segment addresses the completion components, installation equipment and processes, and the commissioning and start-up procedures needed to install and operate a fiber-optic monitoring system. Several well configurations will be considered, including offshore (dry tree), onshore oil and unconventional gas, thermal, and injection wells.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

To ensure the most value from DTS technology, field or planning staff needs the necessary skills to select candidate wells for DTS systems use and to learn the proper installation and start up procedures.

Who Attends

This course is for completion, production, surveillance, and reservoir engineers who need an introduction to the design of fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing well installations.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-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.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


Dr. Dennis Dria, president and chief technology advisor for Myden Energy Consulting PLLC, has been involved with in-well fiber-optic monitoring since 1999, and well/reservoir monitoring since 1993. His experience includes more than 20 years with Shell in the areas of petrophysics, well and reservoir surveillance, smart field design, development and deployment of fiber-optic monitoring systems, and surveillance data interpretation and integration. He was a 2011–2012 SPE Distinguished Lecturer for “E&P Applications of Fiber-Optic Technologies”.

Dria has a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Ashland University and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Shroyer is Fiber Optic Product Line Manager at SageRider, Inc., has worked in the practical application of fiber optic sensing systems in the oil and gas market since 1998. During this time, he has designed and executed numerous fiber-optic and conventional monitoring installations in a wide variety of applications ranging from complex offshore installations to shallow steam flood fiber deployments. Over the last 16 years, Shroyer has served in Field and Project Engineering roles for two major service companies and provided project management consultation for a major global operator.

Shroyer has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of East Carolina and is a Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT).

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