Sand Control Design and Optimisation

Completions Drilling

Course Description

A significant portion of Asia Pacific’s hydrocarbon production comes from poorly consolidated sandstone reservoirs which requires some form of sand control implementation for economic production. The expertise and engineering surrounding Sand Control completion designs and optimisation however has not kept pace with the region’s needs. This intermediate level course on Sand Control design and optimisation addresses that gap.

The course introduces the participants to the causes of sand production, its impact on hydrocarbon production and the selection of an optimised design to develop the reservoir. The course details the evaluation of the reservoirs’ properties including geomechanical, particle size distribution and development objectives to aid in the selection and design of a robust sand control methodology for implementation.

The Sand Control methods covered include deferred sand control, perforating for sand control, sand exclusion techniques; screen only completion, cased hole and open hole gravel packing and fracpacks for new reservoirs as well as remedial and retrofit applications for existing wells. Each techniques’ application window, expected production potential and design criteria is discussed in detail and practical designs are developed as exercises.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify the need for sand control, select the appropriate method for sand production mitigation, perform the basic designs for the selected method, develop the execution programme and have an understanding of well performance post installation.



Sand Control Introduction

Review the causes of sand production, its impact on hydrocarbon production and the selection of an optimised design to develop the reservoir

  • Causes of sand production & impact on hydrocarbon production
  • Reservoir development planning
  • Sand control method selection
  • Well productivity index with sand control
  • Global completions database (SPE 84262)


Sand Control methods

Introduce the various sand control techniques used across the industry along with their respective pros & cons and their application window. Formation damage is discussed in this segment as well as passive sand control methods

  • Sand Control methods
  • Pros/Cons and application window
  • Formation Damage
  • Passive Sand control - Deferred sand control, perforating for sand control


Active Sand Control Methods

Active sand control methods are discussed in this segment including formation sand sieve analysis and the selection of screens and gravel for the various active sand control methods. Screen only completion and gravel packing methods are discussed in details including their design, completions systems and their execution

  • Formation sand sieve analysis – PSD/LPS
  • Sand Control Screen completion
  • Gravel Packing, GP sand and screen selection
  • High Rate Water Packing (HRWP) completion systems
  • HRWP design & execution


Practical exercises

Practical exercises for determining PSD, standalone screen design and gravel and screen selection for HRWPs are attempted to provide hands-on training in sand control design

  • PSD analysis
  • Standalone screen selection
  • HRWP gravel and screen selection
  • HRWP design


Fracpacks for Sand Control

Fracpacking combine the benefit of fracturing and sand control. This segment discusses the reservoir engineering, design and execution of Fracpacks

  • Reservoir engineering aspects of Fracpacks
  • Fracpack pumping and completion system design
  • Fracpack fluids & proppant
  • Fracpack execution


Open Hole Gravel Packing

Openhole gravel packing design both alpha-beta and SHUNTs is presented in this session and includes job designs and related topics on openhole drilling criteria and filtercake removal

  • Open Hole and HZ OHGPs
  • HZ OHGP design
  • SHUNT Tube GPing
  • OH drilling considerations
  • Filtercake removal


Remedial/Retrofit Sand Control

Remedial sand control touches on gravel pack repair methods. Retrofit sand control covers TTGPs and resin consolidation applications

  • Remedial/Retrofit Sand Control methods
  • Screen hang-off, Through Tubing GP
  • Resin consolidation


Practical Exercises

Practical exercises for designing HZOH GPs and SHUNTs GP are attempted to provide hands-on training in openhole sand control designs

  • HZ OHGP design
  • Develop execution programme

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

Course attendees will gain a deep understanding of:

  • Causes of sand production and its impact on production
  • Evaluation methods of reservoir properties and development objectives to arrive at a robust sand control methodology 
  • The various sand control techniques employed in the industry including their application window, design criteria and expected production potential
  • Evaluating formation particle size distribution and its impact on selecting the sand control method as well as screen and gravel pack sand
  • The completions systems employed in Sand Control completions
  • Modelling gravel pack design, optimisation and post job review through practical exercises 

Who Attends

This course is targeted at sand control practitioners from both operators and service providers with some sand control experience who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of sand control completions selection, design, modelling, execution and operations.

  • Field engineers/specialists/technicians
  • Drilling engineers
  • Completions engineers
  • Production technologists and Production engineers
  • Research engineers 


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.

In-House Training

This course is available for in house training at your office location.

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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Peter Behrenbruch

Sharifudin Salahudin is a subject matter expert in Sand Control Completions and Production Enhancement through the numerous projects he has worked on globally and SPE/Industry papers published on the subjects. He has over 36 years of industry experience served in numerous geographic locations globally including Brunei, Malaysia, Egypt, and USA working for an extensive customer base including Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Total, PETRONAS Carigali, Woodside, ONGC, Cairn India, Reliance Industries, PTTEP and others.

He has taught Sand Control and Stimulation internally at Halliburton and to customers and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Master’s programmes. He has also taught and led unconventional shale capability development programmes for PETRONAS in Asia Pacific. Sharifudin previously worked for Halliburton in their Production Enhancement and Consulting PSLs.