Sand Control Completions

Drilling and Completions Production and Operations


This course discusses the fundamental sand control considerations involved in completing a well and introduces the various sand control techniques commonly used across the industry, including standalone screens, gravel packs, high rate water packs and frac-packs. It requires only a basic understanding of oilfield operations and is intended for drilling, completion and production personnel with some sand control experience who are looking to gain a better understanding of each technique’s advantages, limitations and application window for use in their upcoming completions. The course also covers key sand control design, installation and evaluation considerations, including screen and gravel sizing as well as downhole equipment selection, and is delivered in an interactive manner with practical exercises and discussions throughout.

Course Agenda

Day One

  • Sand Control Introduction
    Review the basics of geo-mechanics and sand production, discussing the importance of sand control and the conditions under which it may be required.
  • Sand Control Techniques
    Introduce the various sand control techniques used across the industry along with their respective advantages and challenges.
  • Completion Types and Selection
    Discuss the reservoir and logistics considerations involved in selecting the most appropriate completion type and sand control technique for a well.
  • Screen and Gravel Selection
    Discuss the guidelines used in selecting the most appropriate screen and gravel (types and sizes) for a well.
  • Well Preparation for Sand Control
    Discuss the various well considerations while installing the sand control completion including reservoir drilling fluids (RDFs), wellbore cleanout and fluid loss control.
  • Practical Project
    Participants will be given basic well data and must select the appropriate sand control technique.

Day Two

  • Standalone Screens
    Review the various types of sand screens available along with their relative advantages and challenges. Discuss sand retention testing methodology and the standalone screen application envelope.
  • Pumping Fluids Systems
    Discuss the various carrier fluid systems used in sand control treatments including Newtonian, VES and polymer.
  • Downhole Completion Equipment
    Review the downhole equipment used in sand control completions, including service tools, pressure attenuators and shunt tubes.
  • Gravel Placement Techniques
    Discuss the various gravel placement techniques used across the industry along with their relative advantages and challenges.
  • Gravel Pack Evaluation and Performance
    Discuss the different tools available for evaluating gravel pack success and performance.
  • Summary and Feedback
    Review the major topics and key learning points. Gather feedback from delegates for improving the course.

Learning Level

Introductory - Intermediate

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Participants will gain a good understanding of:

  • Fundamental sand control concepts, including when and why it is necessary
  • The various sand control techniques used across the industry, including their advantages and limitations
  • Completion selection criteria and application windows for use on their own upcoming completions
  • The basics of sand control design, installation and evaluation

Who Should Attend

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

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

Special Requirements

A laptop and calculator are required for use with certain exercises during the course.


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.


Philip Wassouf

Philip Wassouf is the founder and Managing Director of DuneFront, an independent engineering consultancy providing a full range of sand control software, consulting and training services. Prior to founding DuneFront, he worked for Schlumberger in a number of positions, including field engineering roles in both completions and pumping services, before taking on the role of Product Champion at its sand control headquarters in Houston, where he worked on a variety of new technology projects, including downhole tools, screens and software. As such, he was heavily involved in supporting worldwide sand control operations while also training both young and experienced engineers. He now works internationally on the design and evaluation of sand control completions for a variety of clients and has also authored a number of technical papers, presentations and patents relating to completions and sand control. He is a member of SPE and received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) from Imperial College London.