1 IPIMS.ep The best e-learning solution for the E&P industry Word is spreading... now accessed by clients in over 37 countries over 225 award-winning learning plans available the industry s first Action Learning online, designed around competency models SCORM 1.2 compliant for your corporate LMS modest annual license arrangements just announced... icertificate and idiploma programs... join the worldwide ipims learning network! IHRDC
2 What is IPIMS.ep? IPIMS.ep, an extensive multimedia knowledge and learning system, is devoted to all areas of Upstream Petroleum technology. In its current form the content database covers all areas of E&P Technology. IPIMS.ep may be used as a comprehensive knowledge resource during job assignments, as a learning system to improve employee performance, and as a means of seeking critical advice from others. Because it is available within the Internet/ Intranet format, individuals may access it from their desktops whenever the need arises. IPIMS.ep is divided into three major subdivisions: ep.knowledge, ep.learning and ep.communication. They, in turn, are divided into several components as explained below. ep.knowledge ep.knowledge consists of two major content databases: Background Knowledge and Practical Knowledge. Background Knowledge is an extensive database of the current technology and practical know-how of the four major E&P disciplines: Petroleum Geology, Petroleum Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering and Formation Evaluation. The content, which consists of all forms of media (video, text and graphics), is vast. It includes over 100 hours of digitized video, 17,000 graphics and 10,000 pages of text and, in the CD version, consists of over 56 CDs. It is organized around an E&P Knowledge Map and Index that allows the user to find specific content with ease. The content is expanded and updated on an ongoing basis by IHRDC specialists in response to recommendations of IPIMS licensees and changes in technology.
3 Practical Knowledge is both a template and a database. The template allows licensees to capture recommended practices, processes or job related guidelines and store them within an intranet system for later retrieval and application to job assignments. This component is organized around the same Knowledge Map that is used for Background Knowledge. ep.learning ep.learning allows users to pursue both knowledge-based (Background Learning) and competency-based (Action Learning) Learning Plans in E&P technology on an interactive, self-directed basis. Background Learning is a powerful virtual learning resource that allows users to learn about upstream petroleum technology. It consists of 228 interactive Learning Plans in all areas of E&P technology. Carefully built around the award-winning video, text and graphics of Background Knowledge, this major new interactive learning component includes over 3000 multiplechoice self assessment questions that allow a user s progress to be measured and recorded. The Learning Plans are broad in scope and application. Some are ideal for those with nontechnical backgrounds; others will be of interest only to technical specialists. A user may select his or her own Learning Plan, follow one of many development plans that have been specified by IHRDC, or integrate your own company s competency development plans into the system. A Learning Plan may be limited to an individual Topic (e.g., Selection of Grid Systems) or Module (e.g., Fundamentals of Well Testing) or it may consist of a comprehensive self-development program (e.g., Reservoir Engineering).
4 Challenging self-assessments allow users to obtain immediate feedback on their understanding of the material presented and to record their progress. This system allows a company to identify Learning Plans for each of their employees, which they can pursue on a self-paced basis at their desktop. Action Learning relies on the old adage that "People learn best on-the-job". The foundation of this unique IHRDC learning component is the completion of challenging virtual assignments that are based on actual field data and job competencies that have been identified by senior industry specialists. During the learning process, users complete substantial sets of simulated assignments in order to demonstrate job competency. Pre-selected Background Knowledge is available as needed to support the learning. The performance of each learner is measured and recorded in his or her personal record. The first set of competency-based Learning Plans to be offered is in Integrated Reservoir Management. These were developed by IHRDC in alliance with Petroleos de Venezuela and are based on existing Venezuelan reservoirs and 46 performance competencies identified by IHRDC and PDVSA senior specialists. Each Learning Plan is approximately equivalent to a one-week course of instruction. The first release consists of the Action Learning Plans currently available as described in Attachment 2. Action Learning is licensed as an Add-on to IPIMS.ep. The complete details regarding Usage Fees are found in the IPIMS.ep License Fee section later in this brochure. ep.communication ep.communication consists of Knowledge Communities and Industry News (at ipims.com). Timely Presentations and Management Updates will soon be added. The Knowledge Communities consist of E&P Discussion Groups. User Access to IPIMS A company may license and gain access to IPIMS directly from IHRDC s Internet server or through its own Intranet. The major benefit of a Web-based license is that it can be accessed by many types of platforms (Windows 95/98/NT and Unix) worldwide. For maximum usage a licensee may elect to have access on both its Intranet and the IHRDC Internet site at Using the IHRDC Internet site avoids the administrative and maintenance burden on internal IT departments and gives users access to content as soon as it is posted on the IHRDC server. IPIMS Minimum Recommended Hardware and Software The following hardware and software are the miniumum recommended configurations for accessing IPIMS. Client Requirements Server Requirements Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Navigator 4.0 Web Server: Microsoft Internet Information Server Windows Media Services; Real Server 7 Basic Microsoft Index Server 2.0 Video: RealPlayer 7 to view RealMedia Storage: Approximately 12 GB Media Player 6.4 to view Windows Media Sound: 16 bit sound card and speakers
5 Setting Up a 30-day IPIMS Trial Account If your company is seriously considering installing a web based learning system and feels that IPIMS meets some or all of your needs, we recommend that you contact one of our sales personnel to establish a 30-day trial account. This will allow you to evaluate the complete system before making a formal license commitment. Most of our licensees have followed this approach. During the evaluation, we recommend that you use our IPIMS evaluation guidelines. You may also ask us to prepare learning programs that satisfy your competency models or integrate IPIMS smoothly into your learning management system (LMS) before the license agreement becomes effective. This way you will gain the maximum benefits from the system when it is installed. Review of License Agreement Once you are ready to review an IPIMS license agreement contact us at We will be happy to discuss the licensing option that is most appropriate to your company. Once we receive your executed copy of the agreement, our Media Group will assist you to install the system, make sure that it is fully operational and that your personnel are using it with ease. IPIMS.ep Implementation Workshops IHRDC has developed a special workshop, Achieving Higher Performance with IPIMS.ep, to help IPIMS.ep licensees realize corporate-wide substantial value from this important resource. The workshop introduces the critical factors involved in successfully introducing and effectively using IPIMS.ep as a corporate knowledge and learning system. It can also be used to facilitate a corporate-wide e-learning Implementation Action Plan. During the workshop an IHRDC specialist will: lead your IPIMS.ep users in hands-on sessions to show the system s features, functionality and major uses; demonstrate the effective use of Background Learning and how it can be used to build development plans for everyone in the organization; practice creating a Practical Knowledge data base that links recommended practices and lessons learned to IPIMS.ep Subtopics show how Action Learning Plans are designed and how you can use them to build competency within your organization; explain how the Communications features can be customized to build effective in-house networks; show your administrators how to use the excellent reporting and administration system; and assist you in building an internal Implementation Action Plan. The workshop can be customized to meet your company s needs. Past participants have said that this workshop "really opened my eyes to all the potential that IPIMS holds." It typically requires 1-2 days and can be expanded, as needed, to accommodate IPIMS.ep users in multiple locations. For more information on this workshop please contact one of our corporate offices.
6 Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs Using IPIMS IPIMS.ep is the foundation of IHRDC s recently announced e-learning Certificate Programs in Oil and Gas Technology Management and a Diploma Program in Upstream Oil and Gas Management. These programs cover the following major topics: Reservoir Management; Drilling and Well Completion Practices; Production and Operating Practices; Upstream Natural Gas Management; and General Management and Business Practices. IHRDC expects to announce shortly that it has joined with one or more major universities to offer its IPIMS users the opportunity to obtain Master Degrees where "distance learning" using IPIMS is a major component of the degree requirements. For additional information on these programs contact us at IPIMS.ep License Fees IPIMS Annual License Fees All of IPIMS.ep, except Action Learning (see below), is offered to individual organizations on an annual license fee basis. Licenses are available on a "per country" basis with the annual fee dependent upon the maximum number of Users licensed to use the system during the year. The Minimum Annual License Fee is $25,000 for the first Licensed Country and $10,000 for each additional Licensed Country. There is no limitation on the number of users that may access the system at any one time. The Annual License Fee for each country can be calculated as follows: Effective: January 1, 2002 Minimum Annual License Fee Number of Licensed Users First Licensed Country $25, Additional Licensed Countries $10, Supplemental User Annual Fee Supplemental Users $500/user $400/user $300/user 201 and above A Licensed User is one that logs onto the system twice during the year. A company commits to the number of Licensed Users at the outset of a license and may increase this number at any time by paying a supplemental license fee for a minimum of 20 Licensed Users. The number of Licensed Users may also be increased or decreased at the time a license is renewed. Up to 30 percent of the User Fees paid for in one year, but unused, may be used in the following year provided the Minimum License Fee has been received for the new year.
7 Action Learning Usage Fees Action Learning Plans are installed on the servers that licensees use to access IPIMS. In order to gain access to these Learning Plans, the licensee must make an advanced payment to IHRDC as a credit against Usage Fees. A Usage Fee is charged against the credit each time a Learning Plan is selected by a user. An internal counter records the transaction and keeps track of the remaining credit. When the credit has been drawn down, the licensee simply makes a supplemental payment to IHRDC and the counter is adjusted. The Usage Fee for each Action Learning Plan is $US495 and the minimum number of units that can be ordered at one time is 10. Discounts are available for large orders. A demonstration Learning Plan is available for potential clients to pilot test when they open an IPIMS trial account. Annual License Fee Example: A company wishes to license IPIMS in Country X and Y and decides to license a total of 100 users. It will pay the basic fees for Country X ($25,000 and 50 users), Country Y ($10,000 and 20 users) and an additional 30 users ($15,000) that may be used in either country. Within three months the usage grows and it wishes to license an additional 50 users. The Supplemental User Fees will be (400x50) = $20,000. The client also wishes to license 20 Action Learning Plans and will pay ($495 x 20) $9900 for the use of this excellent learning system. Special Licensing Situations Licenses for special situations, e.g. learning management system usage, dispersed groups of employees, unlimited usage, may be subject to individual quotations. Support Services All IPIMS content updates and the support of our Boston-based Customer Support Team are included in the license fee during the license term without additional charge. Design and Implementation Services Licensees often call upon IHRDC to provide specialized services during the planning and implementation of IPIMS. These services may include preparing Implementation Plans for introducing the system within a country, building of competency models, integrating these models into the IPIMS system, delivering IPIMS "roll-out" workshops throughout the company, serving as mentors during key learning stages, and developing new content to meet the company s individual needs. All of these services are offered on an individual service agreement basis. Invoices Invoices will be issued by IHRDC upon the receipt of an executed license. Licensee should make payment within 30 days of receipt of the invoice. Once payment is received by IHRDC, the IPIMS System will be made available to client. Invoices for the renewal of a license will be issued 30 days in advance of the license anniversary date and payment should be received by IHRDC on or before the anniversary date to avoid interruption of Licensee s access to the IPIMS System. Local Taxes Fees and charges are quoted free of all local taxes. If taxes are charged and the invoiced amount not paid in full, IHRDC will issue a supplemental invoice for the amount of the shortfall and Licensee agrees to pay such amount within 10 days of receipt of the invoice.
8 Attachment 1: Scope of IPIMS.ep Content Petroleum Geology Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology Basic Concepts of Petroleum Geology Physical and Chemical Properties of Hydrocarbons The Subsurface Environment Generation and Migration of Hydrocarbons The Reservoir The Trap Habitat of Hydrocarbons in Sedimentary Basins Basic Skills Geological Cross Sections Subsurface Mapping Prospect Generation Petroleum Technology for the Non-Engineer Basic Drilling and Well Completion Technology Production & Reservoir Management for the Geologist Reservoir Characterization Subsurface Facies Analysis Sequence Stratigraphy Nonmarine Sandstone Reservoirs Marginal Marine Sandstone Reservoirs Shelf and Deepwater Marine Sandstone Reservoirs Porosity Evolution of Sandstone Reservoirs Exploration in Carbonate Rocks Porosity Evolution in Carbonate Rocks Evaporites and Their Importance for Petroleum Exploration Structural Geology and Global Tectonics Structural Geology Plate Tectonics & Development of Sedimentary Basins Habitat of Petroleum in Divergent Margins and Rift Basins Habitat of Petroleum in Convergent Margin Basins Geochemistry Introduction to Petroleum Geochemistry Application of Petroleum Geochemistry Other Geological Techniques Photogeology and Remote Sensing Basin Analysis Play Analysis Exploration Geophysics Introductory Topics and Seismic Signals Introductory Topics The Exploration Task The Seismic Method Seismic Signals Wiggles A Graphical Introduction to Signal Theory The Seismic Pulse Its Generation & Transmission The Reflection Process The Geological Message in the Seismic Trace Seismic Instruments and Field Techniques Introduction to Field Work Surveying and Mapping on Land Positioning and Mapping at Sea Multiple Coverage Array Design Vibroseis Multi Component Seismic Choosing the Field Variables Quality Control in the Field Seismic Processing Basic Processing Initial Processes Velocities Static Corrections Deconvolution Stacking, Filtering, and Display Seismic Migration Seismic Interpretation Basic Interpretation Seismic Contouring Fault Interpretation Velocity Interpretation and Depth Conversion Hydrocarbon Indicators Stratigraphic Modeling 3-D Seismic and Other Geophysical Techniques 3-D Seismic Methods Gravity and Magnetics Crosswell Seismolgy Other Geophysical Techniques Borehole Velocity Measurements Synthetic Seismogram VSP
9 Petroleum Engineering Petroleum Production Performance Introduction and General Principles of Production Performance Inflow Performance Vertical Lift Performance Flowing Well Performance Gas Lift Pumping Systems-Rod Pumping Pumping Systems - Rodless Pumping Production Rate Decline Curve Production Facilities and Field Operations Wellheads, Flow Control Equipment, and Flowlines Separation of Produced Fluids & Oil Treatment Wireline Operations Oilfield Safety Cased Hole Logging Production Logging of Multiphase Flow in Horizontal Wells Drilling Planning a Drilling Program The Drill String and Drill Bits Drilling Fluids and the Circulation System Directional Drilling Drilling Problems and Drilling Optimization Other Petroleum Engineering Topics Natural Gas Fluid Properties Risk Analysis Applied to Petroleum Investments Oil and Gas Pipelines Integrated Reservoir Characterization Formation Evaluation Wireline Well Logging Introduction to Well Logging Well Logging Tools and Techniques Formation Evaluation Using Well Logging Measurements The Dipmeter Borehole Imaging Well Testing and Analysis Introduction to Well Testing and Measurement Techniques Gaswell Testing: Theory, Practice, and Regulation Oilwell Testing Drillstem Testing Rock and Fluid Sampling and Analysis Reservoir Sampling and Analysis Coring and Core Analysis Sampling and Analysis of Drilled Cuttings Mud Logging Well Completion and Stimulation Well Completion Design and Practices Cements and Cementing Practices Perforating Acidizing and Other Chemical Treatments Hydraulic Fracturing Sand Control Horizontal Wells: Completion and Evaluation Multilateral, Multibranched and Multilevel Wells Reservoir Engineering Reservoir Environments and Their Characterization Reservoir Fluid Flow and Natural Drive Mechanisms Waterflooding Gas Injection & Pressure Maintenance Miscible Processes Reservoir Simulation Reserves Estimation Reservoir Engineering of Fractured Reservoirs Reservoir Management of Mature Fields
10 Attachment 2 Action Learning Plans IHRDC s Action Learning Plans are built around simulated job assignments that allow individuals and teams to develop their competencies in key areas of E&P technology. The first set of Learning Plans to be published by IHRDC concentrate on Integrated Reservoir Management. These nine Learning Plans are described inside. IHRDC
11 Learning Plan 1: Reservoir Engineering Fundamentals (Completed) Task Summary: Modules: You are part of a team of E&P specialists responsible for evaluating a recent discovery in the Republic of Sucre. Your immediate objective is to determine formation properties and estimate hydrocarbon recovery potential, based on the limited information currently available. This will be the first step in developing a detailed reservoir model and, if justified, a long-term reservoir management plan. Collect representative formation fluid samples and measure their PVT properties. Obtain core material and analyze reservoir rock characteristics. Describe the subsurface stress environment. Use volumetric and material balance methods to estimate the reservoir s initial hydrocarbon in place, define the primary drive mechanisms and determine a primary recovery factor. Use the computer as a tool for solving reservoir engineering problems, managing databases and enhancing job productivity. Review interdisciplinary resources for describing the reservoir. 1. Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties 2. Rock Mechanics Fundamentals 3. Stability and Rock Deformation Models 4. Reservoir Drive Mechanisms 5. Reservoir Engineering Computer Applications 6. Multidisciplinary Reservoir Management Learning Plan 2: Drilling, Workover and Well Servicing Fundamentals (Completed) Petros Corporation s Drilling Department has asked you to work on several projects related to the Sucre discovery. First, you will develop a well plan and monitor drilling and completion operations for a new appraisal well. Next, you will plan a possible re-entry and sidetrack of Well 5C1-SW, which is currently suspended. Finally, you will perform an initial screening to help determine whether horizontal wells should be considered as part of the reservoir development project. Your assistance with these projects will be of great help to the Drilling Department, which is currently short of personnel due to increased rig activity worldwide. Task Summary: Establish basic drilling parameters (i.e., target depth, formation markers, directional drilling requirements, mud specifications and casing points). Generate a casing design. Monitor and optimize the drilling fluid and hydraulics programs. Plan and execute the casing and primary cement jobs. Calculate the target coordinates and trajectory for a possible sidetrack and re-drill of Well 5C1-SW. Compare the productivity of vertical and horizontal well completions to determine the feasibility of a horizontal drilling program.
12 Modules: 1. Drilling and Workover Proposals 2. Well Completion Design 3. Drilling and Workover Fluids 4. Drilling and Workover Hydraulics 5. Cementing 6. Directional, Horizontal and Multilateral Wells Learning Plan 3: Production Fundamentals (Completed) One of your jobs in this Learning Plan is to select the subsurface production equipment configuration for Well 5A1-SW, which will soon be selectively perforated in the Upper and Middle sands, and to predict the well s flowing performance. Other tasks will involve artificial lift screening, stimulation planning and production optimization, as well as developing general guidelines for testing new wells in the Sucre field. The team now feels that it has enough information to begin planning surface production facilities for the Sucre field. The other members want your input in determining the size and rough layout of these facilities. Task Summary: Modules: Select a general well configuration and specify requirements for subsurface production equipment. Describe the production system using nodal analysis, and predict flowing well performance. Evaluate potential artificial lift methods. Optimize well performance. Diagnose operating problems. Develop general well testing guidelines. Determine surface facility handling requirements, equipment needs and overall layout. 1. Production Methods 2. Production Optimization 3. Production Facilities 4. Well Testing Learning Plan 4: Integrated Studies I - Well Logging (Completed) Task Summary: The project team is compiling an information database for the Sucre field during this, the appraisal stage of its life. You need to give your ideas on how this database will contribute to the reservoir management task, and what information it should contain. Meanwhile, drilling has begun at Well 2A5-NE. The team s field geologist is at another location evaluating core material, and so you have been put in temporary charge of this well s open hole logging program. Establish general data acquisition requirements for an integrated reservoir study. Select and apply the appropriate tools for an open hole logging survey. Define basic logging parameters, establish log scales, monitor tool responses, and confirm the validity of the acquired log data. Interpret the logs to obtain an initial evaluation of hydrocarbon potential.
13 Modules: 1. Interdisciplinary Data Acquisition 2. Wireline Well Logging 3. Well Log Quality Control 4. Well Log Interpretation Learning Plan 5: Integrated Studies II - Data Mapping and Reservoir Simulation (Completed) Task Summary: Modules: Based on a re-evaluation of seismic data, and with the information obtained from recently drilled wells in the Sucre field, your supervisor has asked you to review and, if necessary, revise the structure contour map for the top of the Upper Sand. You will also be doing some additional mapping of an older offset reservoir. Once you complete your mapping assignments and after examining some issues involving compaction and subsidence in a nearby field you will re-join the Sucre project team as it works on building a reservoir model. Review and, if necessary, revise the existing structure contour map of the Upper sand horizon. Develop supplemental maps of an offset reservoir, incorporating geological, petrophysical and geophysical data. Evaluate the impact of compaction, subsidence and settling on reservoir performance. Interpret pressure and production data in particular, pressure transient test results for incorporation into the reservoir model. Identify reservoir flow units. Apply analytical and numerical simulation techniques to the development, testing and refining of a reservoir model. 1. Subsurface Mapping 2. Compaction and Subsidence 3. Pressure/Production Data Analysis 4. Flow Unit Determination 5. Reservoir Simulation Learning Plan 6: Advanced Integrated Studies - Integrated Reservoir Modelling Task Summary: As you develop a reservoir model for the Sucre project, you will find yourself working closely with geologists, geophysicists and other experts from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. To maximize the effectiveness of your team effort, it will be helpful to gain a good basic understanding of what these experts do and what they have to offer. Define criteria for obtaining and processing geophysical information to cover interpretation objectives, including the application of such techniques as seismic inversion and depth migration. Work with the geologist and geophysicist to identify and interpret deformation styles and generate a model of tectonic evolution. Establish correlations of sedimentary sequences to contribute to the definition of the reservoir model. Identify and analyze the depositional envi-
14 ronments that are characteristic of sedimentary formations. Define a paragenetic sequence based on an analysis of petrophysical data. Describe reservoir parameters in terms of their deterministic nature. Identify basic geostatistical techniques used in reservoir management. Modules: 1. Geophysical Processing and Interpretation 2. Geological and Seismic Integration 3. Sedimentary Sequences 4. Depositional Environments 5. Paragenetic Sequences 6. Geostatistics Learning Plan 7: Reservoir Surveillance Task Summary: Modules: Your project team has generated geological and petrophysical models for the Sucre project and incorporated them into a reservoir model. Your next step is to obtain additional reservoir data, and use it to validate and, if necessary, refine your models to reflect actual reservoir behavior. Establish a plan for acquiring and optimizing information for reservoir surveillance. Employ multidimensional seismic information and geological data as reservoir management tools. Use production records, well logs, core analyses and other data to update the geological and petrophysical models of the reservoir. Incorporate new data into the reservoir model, and refine the model by reconciling differences between predicted and actual behavior. 1. Data Acquisition 2. Geological and Seismic Integration 3. Geological Model Updating 4. Petrophysical Model Updating 5. Reservoir Model Updating Learning Plan 8: Reservoir Management and Exploitation Strategies I Based on its reservoir model, your project team has developed several exploitation strategies. In this Learning Plan, you will evaluate these strategies economically with the goal of finding out which one represents the most attractive investment opportunity. In addition to fiscal considerations, you will have to account for such details as work programs, budgets, permitting requirements, personnel matters and regulatory compliance issues. You will be looking beyond the reservoir s primary production phase and developing plans for improved recovery. In each of the Learning Plan assignments, you will be asked to make management and control decisions to ensure project success.
15 Task Summary: Modules: Use economic evaluation methods to select an investment opportunity and formulate a project budget. Prepare the required permission requests for drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulation, abandonment and well servicing operations to satisfy the established legal requirements of regulatory organizations. Properly apply health, safety and environmental regulations to the task of reservoir management. Optimize reservoir management/control decisions using surveillance techniques, information and technology systems, and technical and financial indicators. Develop an improved recovery scheme for a reservoir. 1. Economic Evaluation 2. Permitting for Well Operations 3. Health, Safety and Environment 4. Reservoir Management and Control 5. Improved Recovery Learning Plan 9: Reservoir Management and Exploitation Strategies II Task Summary: Modules: In this Learning Plan, you will evaluate the Sucre Project in terms of how it affects Petros Corporation s overall performance. You will need to consider the project in the context of the overall hydrocarbon value chain, and consider the role of contractual agreements, the application of new technologies, and the project s contribution to the company s knowledge base. Evaluate reservoir exploitation schemes through the use of corporate management indicators. Use reservoir studies to develop a resource base (drilling plans, future improved recovery, information acquisition, application of new technologies, facilities and production infrastructure). Research new technologies and determine their applicability to various aspects of reservoir management. Compare actual reservoir behavior to model predictions; account for differences and evaluate the effectiveness of the exploitation strategy. Analyze scenarios, make suitable contract models and study special projects in areas of the exploitation macroprocess, assuring business profitability and respecting the prevailing laws and norms of contracts. 1. Strategic Business Planning 2. New Technologies 3. Reservoir Surveillance and Control 4. Contracts
16 International Petroleum Industry Multimedia System (IPIMS) IPIMS is a web-based knowledge, learning and communication system designed and developed for the international energy industry. This innovative system may be used as a comprehensive knowledge resource during job assignments, as a learning system to improve employee performance and as a means of seeking critical advice from others. It can be installed on a client s server, or accessed through IHRDC s web site. IPIMS.ep is the e-learning system devoted to the Exploration and Production sectors of the international energy business. The content covers all areas of Petroleum Geology, Petroleum Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering and Formation Evaluation. Over 40 worldwide companies are currently using this learning system worldwide. IPIMS.downstream is the e-learning system devoted to the downstream petroleum sector of the international energy business. Publication will begin in 2002 and will include Petroleum Transportation, Refining, Marketing and Distribution. IPIMS.gas is the e-learning system devoted to the integrated gas sector of the international energy business. Development will begin in 2001 with the support of four or five Learning Alliance companies. It will cover all aspects of the gas business, from supply to the markets. IPIMS.operations is the e-learning system devoted to the operations and maintenance sector of the international energy business. It will cover the efficient and safe operations and maintenance of petroleum and gas operating systems. Development work will begin in 2002 and will include such topics as Safety Practices; Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation Systems; Equipment Operations and Maintenance; and Production, Processing and Pipeline Operations. IPIMS.power is the e-learning system devoted to the power sector of the international energy business. It will be developed beginning in 2003 and will cover all aspects of the power business including Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Marketing. IHRDC CORPORATE OFFICES IHRDC/Boston 535 Boylston Street 12th Floor Boston, MA USA Tel: (617) Fax: (617) IHRDC/Amsterdam Brouwersgracht HG Amsterdam The Netherlands Tel: (31-20) Fax: (31-20) IHRDC/Cairo 55, Road 206 Digla, Maadi Cairo, Egypt Tel: (20-2) Fax: (20-2)