About this Training Course 

This five-day course provides an intermediate level of understanding of the geomechanical factors that affect wellbore instability, sand production and hydraulic fracture design.  The course is structured such that upon completion, participants will have understood the value that geomechanics can bring to drilling, completion and production operations and will be able to leverage this value wherever it applies.  The course emphasis will be on integrating the topics presented through a combination of lectures, case-studies and hands-on exercises. A special focus will be on how geomechanics knowledge is extracted from routinely acquired well data and how it is applied in the prediction and prevention of formation instability.

Course Highlights

The course is essentially non-mathematical and makes wide use of diagrams, pictures and exercises to illustrate the essential concepts of geomechanics

  • Essential Rock Mechanics Principles
  • Wellbore Stability Analysis
  • Anisotropic Rock Properties for unconventional projects
  • Lost Circulation and Wellbore Strengthening applications
  • Sand Production Management
  • Input to Hydraulic Fracture design
  • Salt instability

By attending this training, you will be able to acquire the following:

  • Apply the basic concepts of geomechanics to identify, predict and mitigate against formation instability during drilling, completion and production

This course is intended for Drilling Engineers, Well Engineers, Production Technologists, Completion Engineers, Well Superintendents, Directional Drillers, Wellsite Supervisors and others, who wish to further their understanding of rock mechanics and its application to drilling and completion.

There is no specific formal pre-requisite for this course.  However, attendees are requested to have been exposed to drilling, completions and production operations in their positions and to have a recommended minimum of 3 years of field experience.