Scale Identification, Remediation and PRevention Workshop - Virtual

DISCIPLINE: Production and Completions Engineering

DURATION: 10 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 5.5 hours self-paced work

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. William K. (Bill) Ott, P.E.



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Scale Identification, Remediation and Prevention is an essential part of a production or workover engineer’s scope of work. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of dilemmas in operating producing and injection wells related to the presence of a variety of oilfield scale types ‒ primarily, reduction in pipe carry capacity and localization of corrosion attack ‒ deposition mechanisms, identification methods, various removal techniques and methodologies for its prevention. Upon completion, participants will be aware of the scale problem, understand ways to remediate it and prevent it subsequent deposition. Specific mathematical scale prediction methods are presented and numerous preventive methods, both chemical and unique approaches, are covered.

Asset managers, drilling and completion engineers, petroleum engineers and geologists, independent producers, production managers and engineers, field supervisors, company executives and officials, field personnel with operating and service companies. Participants should have at least one year of operations-related experience and be in a supervisory or support role.

  • How to determine scaling potential and the solubility of various scales
  • Two principle methods for scale identification and recognize various methods and their application for removing scale depending on its composition
  • Precipitation tendency variables and locations for various scale deposits - especially iron - and be familiar with three mathematical models that predict scaling, including a popular software program
  • How to properly prevent and inhibit scale formation and deposition using various methods

This program is comprised of the following activities:

 = Virtual Instructor-led Training 
 = Online Learning Activity/Reading
 = Online Exercises
Week Activity Hours (Approx) Subject
Week 1
1.0  Kick-off Session: Overview - Tuesday, August 31, 08:00-09:00 CDT [GMT-5]
  Online 2.0 Scale, Water and Deposition
  2.0 Scaling Potential Exercise - Thursday, September 2, 08:00-10:00 CDT [GMT-5]
  Online 2.0 Factors Affecting Deposition
Week 2 2.0 Scale Identification and Removal - Tuesday, September 7, 08:00-10:00 CDT [GMT-5]
  Online 2.0 Scale Identification and Removal
  2.0 Scaling Tendency / LSI Exercise - Thursday, September 9, 08:00-10:00 CDT [GMT-5]
  Online 2.0 Rice U ScaleSoftPitzer Software
Week 3 2.0 Scale Prevention and Inhibition - Tuesday, September 14, 08:00-10:00 CDT [GMT-5]
  Online 2.0 Scale Prevention and Inhibition
  Exercise 1.0 Final Project - Thursday, September 16, 08:00-09:00 CDT [GMT-5]



Participant Testimonials

The Format was flexible so travel was unnecessary. Also it was extended over time so the skills learned in one day were able to be implemented over the next few days in the real world, as well as problems before having to learn something new or ask the instructor. Gave time for real 1 on 1 teaching.” -Nick (Production Engineer, Spain)

I liked that the course was segmented into 3 hour classes over the course of a couple of weeks… This helped keep me engaged and also gave me time to digest and apply the concepts once the class was finished. The instructor made the course very hands-on as well by actually working a variety of problems in the software which really helped to apply the information learned in class. Most classes I have taken are very PowerPoint driven, but this was focused on learning and actually applying the topics.– Matthew (Field Engineer, USA)