Reservoir Engineering Aspects of Smart Well Design

Drilling and Completions Production and Operations Reservoir Description and Dynamics


This two-day training provides the fundamental principles of Intelligent Well System design and the key reservoir engineering considerations that enable this advanced completion technology to increase recoverable reserves and profitability of petroleum assets. Case studies will be used to demonstrate well architecture in different applications of Smart Wells and to highlight the associated tools and equipment offered by various vendors. The course will place special emphasis on the workflow required both to demonstrate the value proposition for Smart Wells and to provide the engineering design criteria necessary for their successful implementation. Methods of data collection, interpretation and analysis are presented, with application to actual field cases. The course will be interactive with case study exercises designed to demonstrate best practices in the Intelligent Well System design workflow.

Course Agenda

Day 1

Session 1

  • A Smart Well by any other name
  • Application environments
  • Tools and equipment

Session 2

  • Smart Well completion architecture
  • Reservoir zones of control
  • Passive vs. Active Control
  • On-Off or adjustable choke?

Session 3

  • Key reservoir/well parameters
  • Collect, interpret, analyse data
  • Single well vs. multiple wells

Session 4

  •  Adjustable choke design process
  •  Single zone workflow
  • Multiple zone controlled wells

Day 2

Session 5

  • Well performance modeling
  • Non-Smart vs. Smart completion
  • New wells vs. existing wells

Session 6

  • Integrated Nodal Analysis
  • Multiple zone controlled wells

Session 7

  • Reservoir simulation modeling
  • Scenario definition and optimisation
  • Economic evaluation

Closing Session & Summary

  • Cost/Value proposition
  • Reliability, uncertainty
  • Case studies
  • Lesson learned and best practices

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

2 Day

Why Attend?

The course will provide an overview at the awareness level of common Smart Well design issues, with a focus on subsurface-related considerations for their successful implementation, both technically and economically. The training will enable participants to assess potential Smart Well application opportunities, to understand the various Intelligent Well System completion options and to estimate their respective reservoir performance and economic impact. Specific technology and skills that will be developed include:

  • Ability to recognise Smart Well application opportunities
  • Understanding of available Smart Well tools and equipment
  • Smart Well completion design considerations
  • Smart Well-focused data acquisition and analysis
  • Application of a workflow for adjustable valve trim design
  • Smart Well economic evaluation

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at operations, well surveillance, completion, production and reservoir engineers, including well performance and reservoir simulation modelers, involved in field development planning, reservoir management and production optimisation.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Stephen Sakowski

Stephen Sakowski, currently based in Singapore, is Technical Director, Petroleum Engineering for Gaffney, Cline & Associates. He holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Texas A&M University. He recently played a major role, as Subsurface Work Stream Lead, in a Baker Hughes-led Consortium to implement a Digital Oil Field solution for a key asset of a Middle East National Oil Company, which included assessment and specification of Intelligent Well System applications for reservoir management and production optimisation. Sakowski previously worked as Petroleum Engineering Applications Advisor at Baker Oil Tools, where he actively pursued opportunities to bring added value of reservoir analysis to global marketing of Intelligent Well Systems. Sakowski has served as technical committee member and cochair at a number of SPE workshops and conferences in the Asia Pacific region and has authored several technical papers on reservoir-based benefits analysis to demonstrate value of Intelligent Well System completions.