Advanced Exploration and Drilling Geomechanics

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce the principles, applications and tools of geomechanics to practicing, petroleum engineers and geoscientists. It will cover the basic knowledge of rock mechanics, relevant mechanical properties and geomechanics simulations to non rock mechanic specialist. The course discusses geomechanics applications in Exploration and Drilling.

Learning Level


Course Length

5 Days

Why Attend

Course participants will be able to:

  • Estimating the formation stresses and mechanical properties
  • Pore pressure prediction techniques
  • Optimization of mud weight
  • Optimization of well path
  • Optimization of casing setting point

Who Attends

Engineers those involved in exploration, well planning and drilling and geomechanics studies.

Special Requirements

Participants should have moderate experience or exposure to the topic.


4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 5-day course.

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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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


Ahmed Abou-Sayed is President/CEO and Founder of Advantek International, a consulting firm in Texas since 1999. He holds advanced engineering degrees from Egypt, France and the USA, and has over twenty-five years of experience within the petroleum industry covering technology development, management, and technical consultancy. His work has been focused within the areas of fracturing/stimulation, well integrity and stability, sand control, associated stream management, production geomechanics and environmental compliance, produced water management and waterflooding and oil field waste disposal.

Abou-Sayed is specialized in enhanced recovery of unconventional resources and deepwater reservoir exploitation. He is an effective lateral thinker and problem solver with a track record of successfully contributing to increased production and reduced cost through innovative solutions. Initiated, developed and implemented the FRACPACK technology in Alaska (1986), and large scale solids injection,  He was a senior consultant and lead of geomechanics in the Technology Resource group of BP and served with ARCO Technology Group where he was the technical coordinator of the Well Stimulation and fracturing team. Abou-Sayed served as vice president of TerraTek, in Salt Lake City Utah and was a United Nation Consultant for 4 years and served as the US-Japan NSF Exchange Protocol on Geothermal Energy. He has a wide and extensive experience with industrial and hazard waste disposal issues, with a strong knowledge of techno-legal issues related to environmental permitting of subsurface waste disposal and injection. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as the American Rock Mechanics Association. He is a Fellow of ARMA.

Abou-Sayed was named the winner of the 2005 Production and Operations Award from SPE International. He received two Chairman Outstanding Achievement Awards in both BPX and ARCO, holds 5 industrial patents, and has authored and co-authored over 110 technical publications and conference papers on reservoir engineering, hydraulic fracturing, well completions, rock mechanics, log interpretation, wellbore stability, produced water management, viscous oil recovery, waste disposal and environmental evaluation and permitting.  He was a distinguished member of the SPE in 2000, was awarded the Rock Mechanics Excellence Award by SPE/ARMA/ISRM in 2002, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. Throughout his career he has worked extensively with the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he filled roles as a chairman or member of several steering and implementation committees and was a member of the editorial board of two scientific journals. During 1992-93 he was the SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Advances in hydraulic fracturing applications.

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