Get a comprehensive overview of the drilling equipment and technology that can be applied to coalbed methane gas reservoirs; techniques on how to apply these technologies; and recent case studies on how horizontal/directional drilling has improved production potential in regions which were typically drilled using vertical technology. These new techniques have shown significant savings on timing, environmental impacts and overall operational costs.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for engineers, geologists and other petroleum professionals involved with the exploration and development of coalbed methane reservoirs.  The material covered is not overly technical in nature and should be ease to understand by those with a less technical background.

About your workshop leader:

Jonathan Lightfoot, CBM & Shale Gas Business Development, Scientific Drilling

Jonathan Lightfoot holds the position of Coalbed Methane Business Development for Scientific Drilling.   He has 12 years with SDI primarily involved with Directional Drilling, MWD/LWD Operations, and Surveying.  He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of LouisianaLafayette and has worked as a directional well planning engineer for several companies in a variety of North America Drilling areas.

About Scientific Drilling:

Scientific Drilling pioneered downhole navigation systems in 1969 by offering the first commercial steering-tool.  Since then, the company has developed cutting edge systems for survey, production logging and directional drilling.   Operating throughout the world, Scientific Drilling is expanding its range of services with a continued emphasis on research and the development of “fit for purpose” technologies for exploration, drilling and production.

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and coffee

14:00 Coalbed Methane Overview

14:20 Directional Drilling Overview

14:50 Wellbore Survey Methods

15:15 Afternoon Tea

15:45 Wellbore navigation methods as they apply to horizontal coalbed methane operations

16:15 Coalbed Methane LWD – Steering and logging in thin seams

16:45 CBM Case Studies and Well Design Optimization

17:15 Review of the Session and Q&A

17:30 Close of workshop


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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