Practical Rock Mechanics for Drilling and Completions

Drilling and Completions


This 3-day course is a concise overview of basic rock mechanics and its application to many practical problems encountered in drilling, completion, and stimulation. Participants will receive an up-to-date course manual with some of the latest technical innovations in the industry, a comprehensive list of references and internet resources, a spreadsheet program for analyzing basic wellbore stability and initiating hydraulic fractures, and a demonstration of advanced geomechanical software. Topics include:
 • In-situ stresses and formation pressures
 • Rock mechanical and acoustic properties
 • Wellbore stability and drillability
 • Casing integrity
 • Hydraulic fracturing and sand production
 • Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS)
 • Geomechanical reservoir monitoring

Why Attend?

Learnings from this course will add to your toolkit of techniques for planning complex wells in challenging geological environments.

Who Should Attend

This course is for drilling, completions, exploitation and production engineers and technologists. Reservoir engineers, petrophysicists and geologists, as well as subsurface engineering and geoscience managers will also benefit from this class.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop computer to class.


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for this 3-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; 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.


Patrick McLellan, MSc, PEng, is the principal consultant with McLellan Energy Advisors Incorporated and has over 30 years of experience applying geomechanics to a wide range of E&P activities. He was the founder of Advanced Geotechnology (now Weatherford Geomechanics Services) and has conducted over 500 consulting and research projects for clients in Canada and abroad. He was the lead developer of two commercial software products for well design and geomechanical analysis. He was previously employed in technical and supervisory roles with Petro-Canada, Shell Canada, and Shell Research. He has written or presented over 150 technical papers and given more than 80 short courses on geomechanics-related topics in Canada and abroad. Pat was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2002–2003, and is a recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award.

He received a BSc (engineering) in geological engineering from Queen’s University in 1979 and an MSc in civil engineering (geotechnical) from the University of Alberta in 1983.

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