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Technical Writing for E&P Staff: A Structured Approach

7th December 2015


This unique workshop provides guidelines for the efficient reporting of petroleum engineering, geological and geophysical studies. No technical project carried out within the Petroleum Industry is complete if it is not presented or reported competently.

It will help you to produce concise and readable management briefings, well/study proposals, field development plans, operating manuals, equity documentation and study reports.

Most ‘communication skills’ courses are presented by individuals from outside the oil industry. This one is different. It gives practical instruction rather than theory, and is based on the presenter’s extensive experience of reporting integrated field development studies in an International Oil Company and Consultancy environment, as well as Board papers and legal documentation.

It is designed specifically for the E&P professional, focusing on E&P documents and examples. Over two hundred and fifty individuals have attended this course, presented as public and as ‘in-house’ workshops (for major multinationals, state oil companies, and consulting groups). Participants’ responses have been universally favourable.

High proportion of practical work included: Bring along some of your own examples if you can, to use in practical sessions – within only a couple of hours you will be making improvements. One-to-one sessions towards the end of the course will allow detailed discussion.

Benefits of Attending

  • Why write reports? Four basic types – make sure you use the appropriate one.
  • How to write: report compilation using a ‘news-based’ approach.
  • Analysing objectives and developing ‘messages’: How to develop a meaningful topic outline. Using verbal presentations to help structure a report.
  • Tips to improve writing skills: Handling numerical data and specialist terminology. Writing effective summaries.
  • Optimal use of charts, figures, tables and enclosures: How to select and design illustrations.
  • How to compile manuals and minutes: Making it easy!
  • Practical aspects of report preparation: Type styles, layout and arrangement. Making your reports a pleasure to read.
  • Managing the reporting process: How to reduce editing time. Co-ordinating multiple authors.
  • Digital documentation: Special techniques for on-screen display. Use of advanced word processing and document design features for digital distribution. E-mails.

Who Should Attend

Any E&P specialist or manager in the oil company, consultancy/service or research sector. This is not a basic English course so you should have a reasonable command of the language. Even native speakers are surprised at how many new ideas this course contains. If relatively new to the industry you will learn that ‘commercial’ technical writing requires a non-traditional approach. Experienced team leaders or supervisors will gain additional skills to help to co-ordinate or review the reporting of multidisciplinary integrated studies.


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