Artificial Lift Systems Failure Analysis and Surveillance

Production and Operations Drilling Completions


Failure Analysis and Surveillance for Artificial Lift Systems (ALS) is one of the most important steps in the value chain of the oil and gas production assets, in particular for mature fields. The knowledge of the work processes, engineering basics and surveillance (including key performance indicators) in subsurface ALS failures are critical to maximize company productivity (profitability).

This course is aimed to review different aspects of engineering production management by developing of the concepts for identification, analysis and surveillance of subsurface faults elements in artificial lift systems (ALS).

Topics covered:

  • Review of Artificial Lift Systems (ALS) and its mechanical limits
    • Concepts for well productivity and productive potential
    • Dynamic of downhole pumping and its stress activity.
    • Analysis of failures in tubings, rods and downhole pumps, and their causes.
    • Application to sucker rod pumping system (SRP)
    • Application to progressive cavity pumping system (PCP)
    • Application to electric submersible pumping system (ESP).
  • Artificial Lift Systems (ALS) Management
    • Management cycle of ALS
    • Owners of ALS management cycle
    • Selection criteria
    • Data management and information
  • Fault sourveillance and inspection of materials
    • Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for monitoring failures
    • Study of problematic wells
    • Fault reports and use of databases
    • Laboratory Reports
  • Workshop to review case studies.

Learning Level

Basics-Intermediate: 2-day

Advanced: 4-days

Course Length

2-4 Days

Why You Should Attend

This course will provide tools to Production Engineers to strengthening their technical and managerial skills in order to make a correct analysis and surveillance of downhole failures in ALS. It is a key element in decision making process to maximize production and minimize operating costs in production assets.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for delegates "working in roles which may directly contribute to the Artificial Lift Management in production assets”.

Production Engineering Managers, Production and Workover Engineers, Field Operators, from Operators and Service Companies.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Fernando BertomeuFernando Bertomeu is an engineer specialized in Petroleum and Business Administration with 15 years of experience in oilfields in Argentina and Mexico in international Oil & Gas Companies as Repsol, YPF, Oxy and Sinopec.  He’s an active member of the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineer) in the Latin America Region.



Clemente Marcelo HirschfeldtMarcelo Hirschfeldt is a petroleum engineer with 26 years of experience in related Operations and Production Engineering. He has experience in training and consulting in the area of production technologies having taught since 2009 with 1275 hours of training to 590 professionals from 57 organizations from 9 countries in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela). He has consulting expertise and advice for the optimization of production and production asset management.