Three Real-World Oil and Gas Datasets for Petroleum Engineering Capstone Design with Applications for Chemical Engineering Design


  • Mohammad Heshmati Mississippi State University
  • W. David Purvis Mississippi State University


Three real-world datasets are introduced for a petroleum engineering capstone design course, providing detailed problem statements, assessment criteria, team-building practices, and required software packages. Two surveys reveal that students prefer real datasets over synthetic ones, and despite initial challenges, students feel proud of their achievements by the semester's end. The importance of instructors’ involvement and their quality of engagement in student success are also discussed.

Author Biographies

Mohammad Heshmati, Mississippi State University

Mohammad Heshmati, PhD, graduated with a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2017. He then served as a Reservoir Engineer with Americo Energy Resources LLC in Houston, TX. In 2019 he joined Mississippi State University (MSU) as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering at MSU.

W. David Purvis, Mississippi State University

David Purvis, PE, graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering from MSU. From 1983 to 2010 he held Reservoir Engineer, Technical and Operations Manager, Business Consultant, Asset Manager, Manager for Business Planning and Strategy, and Technical Director positions at Shell E&P Co. He then moved to BHP Billiton Petroleum in 2010 and retired from BHP as VP of Engineering in 2019. He is the Founder of Purvis Consultants LLC., and an Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at MSU.





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