Fracpacking for Sand Control

Disciplines: Completions | Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

This course is for both the novice and the experienced practitioner. It will demonstrate why fracpack technology has become popular as a sand control method. This will include defining some basic terminology associated with the two technologies that lead to successful fracpacking. Then cover basic information needed for designing and planning the execution of a fracpack sand control completion. It will also cover some selected topics regarding the technology regarding the execution issues (e.g. TSO, NS-plots, & Calibration testing) and evaluation of the installed completion. These include the definition of an execution scorecard and using this scorecard to define operating limits (e.g. Event timing, annular pack assessment, mechanical integrity).

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Gain a better understanding of the elements of fracpacking that are crucial to success and longevity. Learn how to compose a scoring method to quickly assess installation quality as well as long term productivity expectations.

Who Attends

Individuals involved in planning, implementing the execution, installing, and evaluating fracpack completions.

Special Requirements

A calculator or tablet with spreadsheet capability will be needed for some basic calculations.


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

Additional Resources

This course has supplemental books located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Frac Packing Handbook and Sand Control. Please check out these valuable resources!

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.


Wm. David Norman is an industry recognized subject matter expert in the area of sandstone acidizing, fracturing, sand control, productivity enhancement, and completion evaluation. He was a longtime employee of both Schlumberger & Chevron. Norman has worked in open hole and cased hole environments assisting with matrix, fracturing, and sand control efforts. He has authored more than 60 technical papers and articles, several texts, and training materials in the areas of cementing practices; matrix acidizing; sand control completions; on-site completion brine management; on-location pumping safety; fracturing in high permeability formations; fracturing for sand control and frac-packing. Norman is an SPE Distinguished Member, and has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and is one of the co-authors/editors of the SPE Frac Packing Handbook.