Formation Damage Prevention

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This independent course provides participants with a unique insight into formation damage through the practical integration of regional, core, well and drilling data. Theory and principles are reinforced by the extensive use of real field examples from throughout the world.  The course aims to demystify the subject of formation damage and promote a formation damage awareness culture, encouraging participants to challenge convention and think about the implications of damage throughout a field or well life cycle – from drilling to production.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

To learn about formation damage and the impact that it can have on well performance. To discuss potential sources of damage and the best way to avoid or manage damage. To understand laboratory testing and the role it can play in reducing formation damage.

Who Attends

This course is intended for industry professionals who wish to develop or expand their knowledge of formation damage and how optimum productivity and injectivity can be assured.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-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.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

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.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Michael Byrne is a graduate of University College Dublin. Michael has worked in the oil industry for twenty eight years. He has written and presented training courses and acted as a consultant to major oil companies worldwide. Numerous technical publications include key SPE papers on drilling and completion related formation damage mechanisms. Principal author of papers on recommended laboratory practice and on description of formation damage mechanisms. More recently, Michael has pioneered the use of computational fluid dynamics for well inflow modeling and has several patents granted in related to this process. He has served SPE as technical editor, short course instructor and Steering Committee member and session chair at several SPE conferences, workshops and forums. Michael chaired the 2013 SPE European Formation Damage Conference and is twice an SPE distinguished lecturer. Michael works for LR Senergy in Aberdeen as Global Technical Head, Formation Damage.