|Production Operations 1 - PO1|
|Unconventional Resources Completion and Stimulation - URCS|
|Sand Control - SNDC|
Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Dan Gibson, Howard McKinzie, 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:
MR. DAN GIBSON is a consulting engineer with over 35 years of experience in production, completions, and well integrity issues from oil and gas fields all over the world. After working as a roughneck and roustabout through college, he started his professional life as a facility engineer in Alaska. He has worked his way through the value stream from facilities to completions with jobs in Anchorage, Denver, Houston, Gabon, Congo, Egypt, Scotland, Russia, and Australia. He is currently a consulting engineer, working on completions and well integrity problems for a wide range of independents and majors. He has worked as a Wells Technical Authority for a large international independent with a varied portfolio of offshore oil and gas wells. He was the first Senior Completion Advisor for a super major. As part of this role, he worked with teams on both major technical incidents and on planning and assurance of high profile projects around the world. These experiences have given him a unique viewpoint of how fields are developed; how wells are designed, constructed, and produced; how things can go wrong with a well during construction and production; and how best to mitigate and manage well problems. He has authored and co-authored a number of papers, ranging from polymer flood management to ice mechanics and most recently a design of an innovative ICD system for a high rate water injection well. Dan graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and Studied Arctic Engineering at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His teaching style focuses on first principles and developing an understanding of why things happen which then dictates an appropriate response.
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.
DR. BOB NICHOL is President of Petrobob Consulting Limited, located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. 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 in Electrical Engineering, an MEng in Mineral Engineering, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering, all from the University of Alberta. He is currently employed at the Alberta Government, Department of Energy in Edmonton.
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
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