2.1 Overview

Production from wells is enhanced by ensuring the wells are designed optimally when drilled and completed. Particular focus is on assuring flow through the lower completion of the wells of which sand control evaluation, design, implementation and subsequent management is key.

This 5-day ADVANCED Sand Control Design and Optimisation Training course provides participants with the knowledge, understanding and tools required to design, implement and manage sand control completions.

The course discusses the principles, application scenarios and design considerations of the various sand control techniques commonly used across the industry, including standalone screens, gravel packs, high rate water packs and frac-packs. It follows and extends the “Fundamentals of Sand control completions” course and requires attendees to have some understanding of sand control operations including the fundamental concepts of the different sand control techniques.

The course is designed for drilling and production personnel who are looking to gain a better understanding of sand control operations, including the ability to select the optimum sand control technique for their wells. It also covers remedial sand control options and gravel pack evaluation, culminating in a practical project which requires attendees to apply what they have learned by selecting and designing the most appropriate sand control technique for a case study well.

2.2 Objectives and Key outcomes

The course is delivered interactively through engaging class lectures, presentations, practical exercises and projects which help participants to visualise downhole processes and cement their understanding of each technique’s advantages, limitations and application window for use in their upcoming completions A sand control software package is also used during the course to concretise theoretical learnings and practicalize designs and implementations.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Evaluate sand control requirements and design treatment options for wells.
  • Understand the operational steps involved in installing a sand control completion.
  • Visualise downhole processes, put into practice what they learn and gain practical sand control design and evaluation experience
  • Explore a variety of scenarios to identify the impact of design changes on the likelihood of treatment success.
  • Learn about remedial sand control options and considerations
  • Use the industry’s most advanced data analysis techniques to better understand complex downhole events and mechanisms
  • Apply the full sand control simulation, evaluation and optimisation workflow to continuously improve designs while minimizing risk and NPT.

2.3 Who Should Attend

Senior Reservoir, Completion, Drilling and Production Engineers/Technologists, Production Supervisors, Geologists, Field operations Technical personnel, Asset Managers.

2.4 Course Outline


Session 1: 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.

Session 2: Sand Control Techniques and selection:

Review the various and control techniques used across the industry along with their respective advantages and challenges

Session 3: Formation Sand Sampling:

Review and compare the various formation sand sampling techniques in relation to sand control completion design.

Session 4: Screen and Gravel Selection

Discuss the guidelines used in selecting the most appropriate screen and gravel (types and sizes) for a well.

Session 5: Surface and Downhole Equipment

Review the surface pumping and downhole completion equipment used to execute sand control treatments

Session 6: Sand Control Operations Overview

Review the operational steps commonly involved in sand control operations from RIH to POOH


Session 1: Types of Screens

Review the various types of sand screens available along with their relative advantages, challenges and applications.

Session 2: Sand Retention Testing

Discuss sand retention testing methodology for comparing the performance of different types of screens.

Session 3: Selection Criteria

Discuss the application envelope for standalone screens and how the industry is pushing the boundaries on these installations.

Session 4: PSD Practical Project

Analyse multiple PSDs and select the sand control technique with appropriate screen and/or gravel sizing.


Session 1: Gravel Placement Techniques

Discuss the principles, packing mechanisms, design considerations and application windows of alpha/beta, alpha/alpha, slurry packing and shunt tubes.

Session 2: Technology

Discuss the latest technology that can improve the success rate of these gravel packing techniques.

Session 3: Practical Project

Design an open hole gravel pack completion and gain practical understanding of how various parameters can affect packing


Session 1: Cased Hole Gravel Packing

Discuss the principles, packing mechanisms and design considerations specific to cased hole completions and highlight the differences from open hole gravel packing.

Session 2: Basics of Frac Packing

Discuss the frac packing principles, application scenarios and basic design considerations. Discuss relative use in industry today.

Session 3: Remedial Sand Control

Review the various options available for sand control in wells that were completed without sand control or are facing sand control failure.

Session 4: Practical Project

Design a cased hole gravel pack completion and gain practical understanding of how various parameters can affect perforation packing, which is critical for the success of these treatments


Session 1: Practical Project Exercise

Participants will be given well data for which they must select and design the optimal sand control completion using what they have learned on the course.

Session 2: Project Presentation

Each group will present its solution, justifying the selected completion and detailing design methodology.

Session 3: Participant Feedback

Open discussion between all participants and instructors to gather feedback/comments for course.