Formation and Prevention of Oilfield Scale: From the Laboratory to the Field

Production and Operations

Course Description

This course introduces state-of-the-art oilfield scale management, with field examples to illustrate the basic science. Participants have the opportunity to run Heriot-Watt’s software, SQUEEZE software to create field-scale inhibitor squeeze designs.

The course material draws on the research and industry experience of the presenter. It provides both the underlying theory in an accessible manner and examples of how to apply that knowledge in the field.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This is a unique opportunity to learn from people who developed some of the industry’s best tools for managing oilfield scale.

Who Attends

This course is for production technologists, engineers, oilfield chemists and anyone concerned with flow assurance issues. It is also useful for those who work in the service, scale inhibitor and sulphate industries.

Special Requirements

Participants are encouraged to bring their field formation, injection water composition data, and other properties of their reservoirs for discussion in class.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-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.

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


Eric Mackay is a professor and holds the Foundation CMG chair in Reactive Flow Simulation at the Heriot-Watt University Institute of Petroleum Engineering, where his research includes the application of reservoir engineering principles and data to better understand production issues. Mackay has written more than 100 publications on scale management. In 2004 he made a keynote presentation at the SPE 6th International Symposium on Oilfield Scale, and was elected program committee chair for the 2006 Symposium. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007-2008.

Mackay is a co-Principal Investigator of Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) joint industry project at Heriot-Watt University, where he has conducted both theoretical and field studies with many of the operating and service companies that support the research. He holds a BS in physics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University.