Cement Evaluation and Remediation

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling

Course Description

This course examines methods for detecting fluid channels, voids and leaks, and how to repair them.  It also covers the logging tools and technologies use to evaluate the integrity of the cement prior to initial completion or anytime during the life of the well.  The first day of class is dedicated to evaluating cement and the second day to repairs.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

1/2-day through 2-day versions of this course are available.

Why Attend

Poor cement coverage affects nearly every aspect of a well.  This course will give you a better understanding of some critical well safety and integrity issues.

Who Attends

This course is for drilling and completion engineers, field supervisors, petroleum engineers, and geologists as well as managers and regulatory officials who need to understand what can go wrong with a cement job and how it can be repaired.

Special Requirements

Students need to bring a calculator for two exercises that will be presented


.04 - 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this course.

Additional Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Cementing. Please check out this valuable resource!

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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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


James J. Smolen has more than 30 years of experience in cased hole well logging, applications, related research, and training. He began in the oil industry in 1970 with Schlumberger and since 1980, has been an officer and director of Petroleum Computing, as well as an international consultant and trainer. He has numerous publications to his credit, including the 1996 PennWell text, Cased Hole and Production Log Evaluation. Smolen was a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE and SPWLA. He holds a BS from Northwestern University, and earned his MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

William K. (Bill) Ott, PE is an independent, international petroleum consultant based in both Houston and Singapore and a registered professional engineer in Texas with more than 40 years of well completion and workover experience. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007–2008 and has conducted technical petroleum industry courses worldwide. He has written numerous technical papers relating to well completions and workovers, and is coauthor of the popular World Oil Modern Sandface Completion Practices Handbook and World Oil Downhole Remediation for Mature Oil & Gas Fields Handbook.  Ott holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.

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