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Steam Distribution & Metering Workshop


This three-day workshop offered by Integrated Sciences Group provides guidelines for developing a surface steam monitoring program and hands-on training in the use of our SteamTools software to analyze data and optimize steam distribution performance.
Upon completion of this course, participants will know how to: 1) develop a steam measurement program to diagnose system performance, 2) analyze measurement uncertainty and determine its impact on system evaluation and decision making, and 3) clearly identify root causes of poor system performance, evaluate possible corrective methods and determine the most cost-effective solutions. This course is designed to solve problems relevant to the workplace, so participants are encouraged to bring actual field problems to analyze in class.


Course Outline


Day 1

Part 1 - Generator Efficiency

Part 1 covers the thermal efficiency of various steam generation units.  Class exercises using SteamTools are included to demonstrate the effects of key variables such as fuel rate, feedwater rate, fuel heating value and steam quality on generator efficiency.


Part 2 - Pressure and Heat Loss

Part 2 covers the governing principles of pressure and heat losses occurring  as two-phase steam flows through pipe.  Practical approaches for estimating pressure and heat loss are presented and class exercises using SteamTools are included to demonstrate the effects of pipe size and steam properties on heat and pressure loss rates. 


Part 3 - Flow Rate Control

Part 3 covers critical flow chokes for controlling steam rates to injection wells.  Potential choke plugging problems are also presented and class exercises using SteamTools are included to demonstrate the effects of bean size, steam pressure and quality on flow rate control. 


Part 4 - Flow Splitting

Part 4 covers the basic impacting and side-branching tee configurations.  Empirical correlations are presented for evaluating two-phase flow splitting at horizontal impacting and side-branching pipe tees.  Class exercises using SteamTools are included to demonstrate the effects of inlet and outlet steam rates on steam quality splits at impacting an side-branching tees.


Days 2 & 3

Part 5 - System Optimization

The remainder of the course covers guidelines and principles for optimizing the performance of steam supply systems. Class exercises using SteamTools are included to demonstrate how to evaluate steam generation and distribution systems and identify root causes of poor system performance.  Recommended modifications and adjustments to the distribution equipment are presented that can be implemented to achieve better steam utilization and ultimately improve oil production.


The final hour or two of the course addresses specific steam distribution and metering problems that attendees bring to the workshop.


Who Should Attend


Facilities engineers responsible for the design, implementation or optimization of steam distribution systems.  Reservoir engineers, production engineers, technical assistants and project team members that would like practical experience diagnosing the performance of existing steam distribution systems.




Ms. Suzanne Castrup has over thirty-five years of experience in heavy oil recovery and is currently President of Integrated Sciences Group.  Since joining Integrated Sciences Group, she has developed several measurement science and petroleum engineering courses and provided engineering consulting services for monitoring and optimizing heavy oil projects in California, Canada, South America and the Middle East. Prior to joining Integrated Sciences Group, Ms. Castrup was Technical Advisor for Thermally Enhanced Oil Recovery in Chevron’s Western Basins Group providing in-house consultation on all aspects of steamflood and cyclic steam project design, implementation and evaluation.  She was also a Production/Reservoir Engineer, managing both cyclic steam stimulation and steamflood projects in several heavy oil properties in the San Joaquin Valley, and spent eleven years as a Research Engineer at Chevron Oil Field Research Center. She has published numerous technical papers and holds several patents relating to heavy oil recovery.  She is a recipient of the 2007 SPE International Award for distinguished contributions to petroleum engineering projects, facilities and construction.  Click Here for a list of professional accomplishments.


Course Logistics



Contact Integrated Sciences Group at 661-872-1683 or if you are interested in attending this class.


Workshop participants should have completed the Steam Distribution & Metering Tutorial prior to this course.


What to Bring

A laptop computer running Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10 operating system. Pens, student workbooks and software will be provided.



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