Basic Drilling, Completion and Workover Operations - BDC

A technical overview of the science and art of drilling operations, completion practices and post-completion wellbore enhancement or remedial workover techniques (well intervention). Execute reservoir management within open-hole and cased wells. Eliminate damages from drilling and completion personnel. Visualize what is happening in "downhole", discover what can be accomplished and gain an appreciation for wellbore risks and the possibility of damage to the formation; and how drilling and completion practices can alter reservoir interpretation and performance. Are you ready to attend a PetroSkills Well Workover or Well Intervention course training class, school or short course? This is the best time to register.

Provides a technical overview of the science and art of drilling operations, completion practices and post-completion wellbore enhancement or remedial workover techniques (well intervention). Reservoir Engineers will learn what can be done within open-hole and cased wells as they execute reservoir management. Drilling and completion personnel will learn how the producing reservoir can be damaged or stimulated by what they do. The participants learn to visualize what is happening "downhole", discover what can be accomplished and gain an appreciation for wellbore risks and the possibility of damage to the formation; and how drilling and completion practices can alter reservoir interpretation and performance. 

Discipline: Introductory and Multi-Discipline Training
Level: Basic

Who should attend:

Technical, field, service, support and supervisory personnel desiring to gain an introductory overview of these topics and how they interrelate. Excellent for cross-training of other technical disciplines such as reservoir and surface facility engineers plus geoscientists, and anyone who interacts with drilling, completion or workover design engineers such as technical supervisors and technical service personnel. This is not a10/19/2014 Basic Drilling, Completion & Workover Operations fundamental course for training engineers seeking a career in drilling or workovers (for these,PO1 is recommended).

You will learn:
How drilling, completing and reworking a well affects its ability to produce
What can be done within open-hole and cased wells, as a part of reservoir management
How drilling practices can damage or stimulate producing wells

Topics covered:
Overview of the drilling process:Overall drilling practices
Language of drilling
Reservoir rock and fluid properties
Rigs & rig equipment
Drilling string components & design Bits; Rig operation
Drilling fluids & hydraulics MWD; Well control
Hole problems and stuck pipe
Drilling risks
Cores and coring
Casing design & installation
Primary cementing
Directional, horizontal, multilateral and under-balanced drilling
Wellhead & trees
Overview of the completion process:Zonal isolation
Tubing, packers & completion equipment
Safety & flow control devices
Open hole completions
Basic completion types
Open & cased hole logging
Formation damage & treatment
Completion fluids
Multiple completions
Overview of workover techniques:Stimulation application: surfactants, solvents, acidizing, fracturing and deep perforating
Formation and sand control: chemical consolidation, gravel packing, frac-pack, new and novel techniques
Scale and corrosion
Paraffin and asphaltenes
Reworks; Recompletions
Deepening; Coiled tubing


RICHARD SCHROEDER is founder and President of RHS Management, specializing in technical and management consulting for the petroleum industry. He has more than 45 years of experience in engineering, international operations, management and teaching experience in all phases of exploration, production, research and corporate development.  He specializes in reservoir management, production optimization, drilling, operations, completion and workover capabilities, personnel development, communications and multi-discipline team building. His professional experience includes: 9 years in engineering, research and supervision with Exxon; 8 years as Senior Vice President with
May Petroleum, an independent drilling fund company; 8 years as President of Rosewood Resources, a privately-owned international integrated oil company; and 7 years as President/Vice Chairman/Consultant of Harken Energy Corp., an international exploration company. He has authored articles and manuals on various phases of petroleum engineering and personnel management. He is a member of API, SPE, IPAA, and TIPRO, is a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, and has various outstanding lecturer awards. He received a B.S. in Engineering Science and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Training cost: $3,940

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