|Production Operations 1 - PO1|
|Unconventional Resources Completion and Stimulation - URCS|
|Sand Control - SNDC|
Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Howard McKinzie, Patrick Moran, John Nichol, William Ott
Sand causes a wide variety of costly problems when oil and gas are produced from unconsolidated reservoirs. The most costly problem is usually the loss of production resulting from formation damage caused by poorly planned and/or executed sand control applications. This course will identify the parameters that must be considered when selecting the sand control technique to be used. Examples, problems, and case histories will be examined to illustrate key points. Sand control failures will be used to illustrate the types of problems that can lead to early well failures. The course will also teach how to perform quality control checks during the sand control application to help insure successful wells. Because Sand Control in horizontal wells often proves to be short-lived when incorrectly applied, examples and class problems will focus on correctly choosing successful completion techniques for horizontal wells. Several new promising sand control technologies have been introduced in the last few years, such as expandable screens of several different types. The proper application of these new technologies will also be covered. Attendees will leave this course with a thorough understanding of what is necessary to design and implement cost-effective sand control in both producing and injection wells.
"This class far exceeded my expectation. I very much appreciated Howard's teaching style. It really helped reinforce the materials we covered. Probably one of my favorite/best courses I have taken to date." - Operations Petroleum Engineer, United States
"Very complete course." - Completions Engineer, Colombia
Drilling, completion, production, and research engineers; field supervisors and production foremen; technical personnel who supply services and equipment.
You Will Learn:
DR. HOWARD L. MCKINZIE is a petroleum consultant from Sugar Land, Texas. His prior industry experience includes 21 years with Texaco, Inc. and Getty Oil Company in numerous areas of production and completions engineering. Specific specialties include sand control, downhole oil/water separation, compact surface oil/water separation, artificial lift with progressive cavity pumps, formation damage, water shutoff, drag reduction techniques for fluid flow, and well stimulation by acidizing and fracturing. He also worked in the area of surface well logging, and was one of the co-developers of QGM (Qualitative Gas Measurement) and QFT (Qualitative Fluorescence Technique). Prior to joining Getty, he was employed by GTE Labs in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he worked primarily in the areas of catalyst development research and developing photo-catalytic techniques. He was the Chairman of the Completion Engineering Association in 1991-1992, after being Vice Chairman in 1989-1990. He was a member of the research team that received the Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation from Petroleum Engineer International (1999). He was also a member of another team that received the Hearst Newspapers Energy Award for Technology in 1998. He has twice received Texaco's Corporate Technology Innovation Award and holds numerous patents in several of the above areas. He held a post-doctoral appointment in Chemistry at Brown University, and subsequently taught engineering several more years at Brown. He received a BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Central Oklahoma University, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Arizona State University.
MR. PATRICK MORAN is a completion consultant from Houston, Texas. He has twenty-two years of well construction experience, having managed deepwater completion projects through design, planning and execution phases in the Gulf of Mexico, SE Asia, West Africa, and Australia. He is also proficient in the design and execution of sand face and intelligent completions. Patrick has designed and executed workovers and interventions in deepwater for both subsea and platform wells. Patrick earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Louisiana State University.
DR. JOHN ROBERT (BOB) NICHOL is President of Petrobob Consulting Limited, located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. He has been an instructor with PetroSkills since 2011. Bob has also been a consultant to the Government of Alberta, Department of Energy and a sessional lecturer for several courses in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Alberta at Edmonton. He has over 35 years' experience in a broad range of Petroleum Engineering roles including field operations, reservoir engineering and engineering research. Bob received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and an MEng degree in Mineral Engineering both from the University of Alberta. In November 2017 he received his PhD in Petroleum Engineering from his alma mater.
MR. WILLIAM K. OTT is an independent petroleum consultant and is the founder of Well Completion Technology, an international engineering consulting and petroleum industry training firm established in 1986. Before consulting and teaching, he was division engineer for Halliburton's Far East region based in Singapore and a research field coordinator for Halliburton in Oklahoma. He works regularly with and on wells requiring various well completions techniques, principally in East Asia. He has conducted technical petroleum industry courses worldwide and written numerous technical papers relating to well completion and workover operations. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, and a 25-year member of SPE. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the numbers listed below.
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