Water Treatment in the Oil Industry


2 Days





Course Description

This 2-Day course will review all main water treatment parameters without going into the chemistry of water. Operations of water treatment units will be explained in plain English at the level of general engineer’s knowledge, and plenty of case studies and practical guides will be used to help participants understand “what’s going on” in an industrial water treatment plant.

A complete set of course materials and a light lunch are included.

Who Should Attend

The Water Treatment in the Oil Industry course is designed for Process Engineers without water treatment knowledge, Control/Instrumentation personnel, Mechanical and Material Engineers, Project Managers and Planners who are involved in the industrial water treatment process and who need to have better understanding to do their tasks with higher quality.

Course Outline

 Day 1:

  • Introduction: Industrial water treatment and how it differs from municipal water/wastewater treatment
  • Water Resources: Surface Water, Underground Water, and
  • Water Consumers and water in industry
  • Water Parameters: Explanation of different Physical, Chemical (Organic, Inorganic), and Biological Parameters

Day 2:

  • Unit operations for removing impurities from water
  • Process development for water treatment with three tools:
    – General flow diagrams/Decision Charts
    – “Cook Book” approach: Rule of thumbs
    – Case studies
  • Implementing Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) approach
  • Specific Case Studies: Water treatment in SAGD operation, water treatment in refineries & Upgraders
  • Scaling or precipitating effects of water

Course FAQ

1.How do you select the subjects that are included in your course?
I carefully select the subjects that best relate to common practices in the oil industry. This includes more than just the popular subjects, I also cover important subjects that a practicing professional would likely face.

2. Which teaching method do you use in your classroom?
My teaching method primarily focuses on transferring knowledge through generalizations, schematics, tables and graphs rather than excessive words. If I have to rely on words alone, I generally use non-technical language to transfer the main idea of a concept. For more information, please refer to this page.

3. Who is your target audience?
My target audience is generally people who deal with water treatment in the oil industry.

4. How does this target audience affect your method of teaching?
Since my target audience consists of working professionals, my primary concern is ensuring that their limited time allocated for training is used wisely. My course successfully transfers larger chunks of knowledge in fewer hours. I can do this by generalizing the knowledge and converting the topics into simplified, visual examples. I address another common issue of working professionals in that I provide the big picture, when usually they are bogged down in the minutiae of their high-priority projects. I strive to provide a bird’s eye view of the course topics to ensure they take away a greater understanding of the big picture.

5. Are any prerequisites required prior to enrolling in this course?
No, this course doesn’t have any mandatory prerequisites.

6. I have 10 (15, 20) years’ experience in industry. Do you think this course is still beneficial for me?
Absolutely. This course is beneficial to even the most seasoned water treatment professionals because it provides the big picture of current issues, which you most likely haven’t encountered before. This big picture will help you build on your existing expertise new tools to be able to solve new issues that you possibly couldn’t prior to completing the course.

7. If I’m brand new to this topic, will I still benefit from taking this course?
Yes, my course is applicable to a wide spectrum of audiences. On the rare occasion that I cover a topic that may be a bit too advanced to someone without previous exposure to the topic, I will refer you to the appropriate course appendices, which cover the topic in great detail.

8. What should I bring to the course?
Nothing – just your fresh brain!

9. Should I bring my calculator?
No, we will not get into any areas requiring use of a calculator.

10. Do I need to bring my laptop?
No, you will not need your laptop, but you are welcome to use one for note taking. Please note that all course materials will be provided to you.

11. I haven’t performed advanced calculations for a long time – will I be able to complete this course successfully?
Yes, the only calculation that I might need you to do is some basic calculus to apply the “rule of thumbs.”

12. Do you teach any design methods?
The short answer is “no.” However, I arm you with the tools needed to determine if a design “looks” acceptable or not.

13. Do you present anything regarding lab procedures to get of an impurity concentration?
No, lab test procedures are already well documented within existing industry standards.

14. Will I get a certificate for attending?
Yes, a certificate of completion will be mailed a few days after you attend the course.

15. After finishing this course, will you be available to answer my question via email?
I am available to answer course-related questions through email. However, if your question requires deep study, thorough calculation or informed judgement, it may be better to discuss a consultancy contract.

16. You have another course “De-Oiling: Oil Removal From Water”. Doesn’t mean there is no discussion on deoiling in this course?
No, this course (Water Treatment in the Oil Industry) covers water treatment and deoiling both. However the deoiling course provides a deeper understanding about practices in oil removal from water.

17. Why should I take this course instead of reading technical books or magazines or going to related seminars?
Each of the learning tools you mentioned has a specific application.
Technical books are good for deep understanding of a concept, but they cannot be updated frequently enough to reflect the steady progress of technology.
Magazines are excellent because they have more recently updated information; however, they usually fail to provide a big picture of their topics.
Seminars are great events that provide opportunities for networking and some new technology knowledge sharing, but not to the level of detail covered in a designated course.
This course provides you from one side the deep understanding of the subject and from the other side the recent practices used in water treatment in the oil industry.

Who has attended this course?

People in the following positions have attended this course:

Applications Engineer
Project Engineer
Production Specialist
Process Engineer
Regulatory Engineer
Process EIT
Contact Engineer
Sr. Engineer – Surface Technology Development
Production Coordinator – SAGD Field Operations
Group Lead, Well sites and Pipelines
Staff Process Engineer
Static Equipment Engineer
Civil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Materials Corrosion Engineer
Construction Engineer
Sr. Project Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Account Manager
Staff Engineer – Materials and Corrosion
Mining Engineer
Sr. Process Engineer
Tailings Planner
Jr. Project Engineer
Tailings Engineer
Business Development
Process EIT
Technical Service Specialist
Contact Engineer

The following companies have sent people to this course:

Spartan Controls
Shell Canada Ltd.
Suncor Energy
IMV Projects
Nexen Inc.
Husky Energy
North West Redwater Partnership
Stantec Consulting
Champion Technologies
Univar Canada Ltd.


“The instructor was very thorough on the subject and he explained the subject very well. I learned a lot from this course.”

– Process Engineer

“Well presented and instructor was very knowledgeable. “

– Oil Sands Project Manager

“Exceeded expectations. “

– Process Engineer

“It was one of the best courses I’ve taken.”

– Sr. Process Control Engineer

“Good course. Instructor was very good.”

– Process Engineer

“Overall it was a good course and the instructor was very enthusiastic about teaching.”

– Regulatory Engineer

“Good course. The material was laid out very logically and the instructor did a good job of explaining basics before describing applications.”

– Anonymous

“The instructor did a great job. He is really knowledgeable and has a great handle on the material.”

– Contact Engineer

“Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.”

– Project Coordinator

“The instructor is knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Good course!!”

– Operations Coordinator

“Very good knowledge on SAG-D water treatment. Very good at explaining.”

– Process Engineer

“Case studies were quite helpful as were class discussions. The instructor seemed very knowledgeable on questions as they came up.”

– Tech Service Specialist

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