Sand Control Fundamentals


Disciplines: Reservoir

Course Description

This course reviews fundamental sand control design for oil development. It goes on to detail the mechanisms, applications, and challenges of various sand control options in both vertical and horizontal applications. It mainly focuses on a practical project requiring the participant to apply what they have learned by selecting, designing, and presenting the most appropriate sand control completion for several case study wells for both cold primary and thermal applications.

Course Topics: 

  • Why Do We Need Sand Control? – Consider the potential impact of sand production over the life of a well and the consequent importance of sand control.
  • Review of Geomechanics and Geoscience: This section reviews the fundamentals of geomechanics and geoscience for heavy oil developments.
  • Corrosion: Review the basics of material selection for sand control and field examples of screen/liner failure due to corrosion.
  • Erosion: Review various erosional models and their application to sand control design, and review of field examples of screen/liner erosion.
  • Plugging: Discuss the plugging mechanism and show examples of different screen/liner plugging from extracted sand control screen/liner.
  • Mechanical Integrity: Discuss various well integrity designs and considerations.

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This training is geared towards petroleum engineers and production managers who wish to strengthen their technical understanding of sand control and to make confident purchasing decisions.

Who Attends

This training is geared towards petroleum engineers and production managers who wish to strengthen their technical understanding of sand control and to make confident purchasing decisions.

Special Requirements

Laptop, each participant, for some basic exercises and electronic material distributed during the course. This is a virtual class.

CEUs

0.8 CEUs 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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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.

Instructors

Mahdi Mahmoudi is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he obtained a PhD in petroleum engineering. He has been involved in sand control design and evaluation testing in conventional and thermal production for over a decade. His academic and industrial background focused on drilling and well completion. Mahmoudi has authored or co-authored over 30 technical conference publications about sand control design, evaluation, drill string failure, and risk assessment in drilling and well completion. He is currently working as a research engineer developing RGL’s proLAB™.

Vahid Fattahpour has been involved in sand control design and testing in conventional and thermal production for over 10 years in North America and the Middle East. His diverse academic and industrial background includes physical modeling and experimental test and facility design for petroleum geomechanics, rock mechanics and geotechnics in Iran, Hong Kong and Canada. Prior to working at RGL, Fattahpour was a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Hong Kong and a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at the University of Alberta. He is currently the research and development manager in charge of RGL's proLAB. He manages R&D research projects including the design, testing and business aspects of sand control solutions. Fattahpour completed his PhD and MS in rock mechanics at the University of Tehran 2012 and achieved a BS in mining engineering at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran in 2004.

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