Horizontal Well Completions

Drilling and Completions


This 2-day course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells. It covers both consolidated and unconsolidated formations as well as the completions tools and techniques that are used in these applications.

Participants will learn the applications and dynamics of horizontal wells, including, hole displacement, cementing, perforating, openhole completions, and stimulation (both sand control and hydraulic fracturing). They will also learn guidelines for selecting completions in consolidated formations for multistage hydraulic fracturing, as well as stand-alone screens and executing horizontal gravel packs in unconsolidated formations.

Topics include:

  • Completion options for consolidated formations
  • Completion comparison for consolidated formations
  • Completion options for unconsolidated formations
  • Zonal isolation and inflow control
  • Displacing the drill-in fluid

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference in completing wells in consolidated and unconsolidated formations
  • Know the benefits and considerations for each type of wellbore completions
  • Recognize that certain completions have more benefits in some applications
  • Select stand-alone screens
  • Know the guidelines for executing horizontal gravel packs.

Learning Level

Intermediate, but suited for beginners as well.

Course Length

2 Days

Who Should 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 completing horizontal wells.


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 (PDH).

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.


Aaron Burton

Aaron Burton is the completions manager for the unconventional resources team, a group primarily 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. During his tenure in operations, he has held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and district engineer. He has completed wells in several unconventional plays in North America, including the Bakken, Marcellus, and the Lower Huron. Before taking his current role, he also worked as a business development manager in the product line for unconventional completions

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

Sudiptya Banerjee

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 has 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.