Horizontal Well Completions

Drilling and Completions


This course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells. It covers both cased-hole and open-hole configurations, either with or without sand control. Participants will learn the applications and dynamics of horizontal wells, including drill-in fluids, hole displacement, cementing, perforating, and stimulation. They will also learn the guidelines for selecting stand-alone screens and executing horizontal gravel packs.

Topics Include:

  • Completion options
  • Cased-hole horizontal completions
  • Perforating and stimulating horizontal wells
  • Open-hole horizontal completions
  • Drill-in fluids
  • Zonal isolation and inflow control
  • Displacing the drill-in fluid

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Horizontal drilling was a step-change in the industry, but the technology is more expensive and riskier than drilling vertical or deviated wells. As a drilling, completion or reservoir engineer, it is important for you to understand the many challenges and options of horizontal drilling.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for drilling, completion and reservoir engineers, and for service company personnel involved with planning, drilling, completing and operating horizontal wells.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Sudiptya Banerjee is a completion engineer within the Baker Hughes’ Center for Technology Innovation who specializes in inflow control technology and reservoir simulation. He began his career working as a cementing and stimulation field engineer for Schlumberger well services, living and working in locations ranging from Western Oklahoma to Saudi Arabia. Since joining Baker Hughes, Banerjee focused on new product design and global technical support, developing and launching products ranging from premium sand control screens to new hybrid-geometry inflow control devices. He holds three patents related to adaptive inflow control alone. Banerjee is an author on a number of papers related to completions in a sand control environment and presented at the Sand Control Workshop in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Banerjee received his BS in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

W. Aaron Burton’s career has been focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Burton joined Baker Hughes as a field engineer trainee for completion tools after graduation in 2007. During his time in operations, he held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and application engineer. He has completed wells in several unconventional plays in US Land, including the Bakken, Marcellus, and the Lower Huron and also installed two of the first ball-activated completion systems in China. Outside of operations he has been Product Line Strategist, Completions Manager for the Unconventional Resource Team, and Product Line Manager for unconventional multistage completions. These roles were focused on projects and products that would grow business in mature markets and in emerging markets. He also has a solid understanding of reservoir properties and stimulation design that are used in a data-driven approach to more effectively design completions in unconventional wells.

He is also very active in the industry authoring and instructing on the subject of unconventional completions. He has authored and coauthored three SPE papers, and continues to teach two SPE continuing education courses. He has written a variety of other documents including magazine articles and newsletters, and taught numerous classes in many different venues to operators and service company personnel. Also, he has been a discussion leader, presenter, panelist, and participated in many other roles in industry events.

Burton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.