Sand Control Design and Execution

Completions Drilling

Course Description

This course discusses the sand control considerations involved in drilling and completing a well to provide candidates with the understanding they need for their own projects. It starts by introducing the various sand control techniques commonly used across the industry, including surface sand handling, rate control, consolidation, standalone screens, gravel packs, high rate water packs and frac-packs. The course then discusses their key design and operational criteria, and explores the remedial options available for wells that were not originally completed with sand control but have started to produce sand. In addition, practical exercises are used throughout to put theory into practice and cement what the attendees have learned.

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Participants will gain a good understanding of:

  • Sand control techniques used across the industry, including their advantages and limitations
  • Operational considerations and differences between various sand control treatments
  • Sand control design, including screen and gravel selection
  • Gravel placement techniques for both open and cased hole wells
  • Well preparation for sand control, including the impact of drilling operations on sand control completions
  • Remedial sand control options for wells that start to produce sand later in life

Who Attends

This course is targeted at drilling, completion and production personnel with some sand control experience who are looking to gain a better understanding of sand control completions and operations. Other professionals may include:

  • Field engineer/specialist/technician
  • Completions engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Product development engineer
  • Research engineer


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)

Special Requirements

Laptop computers for practical exercises


Kesavan Govinathan is a Sand Control Consultant based in Asia with DuneFront and has more than 8 years of experience in the field of sand control. Prior to joining DuneFront, he worked for Halliburton in a number of positions, including field engineering and technical roles for various clients in sand control and stimulation related services in Asia-Pacific, while also training young engineers. During this time, he was involved with a variety of challenging projects such as deepwater open hole gravel packs (alpha/beta and shunt tube techniques), single trip multi-zone gravel packs and frac packs in highly deviated wells. He now works internationally on the design and evaluation of sand control completions for a variety of clients and has authored a number of presentations and technical papers in the fields of sand control, sand consolidation and well stimulation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.