About this Training Course 

This 5-day course provides an intermediate level of understanding of the geomechanical factors that affect wellbore instability and the prediction and management of abnormal pore pressures.

The course is structured such that upon completion, participants will have understood the value that geomechanics can bring to the design of well construction and completion 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.

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

  • Essential pore pressure and rock mechanics principles
  • Mechanical core testing
  • Abnormal pressure mechanisms – subcompaction, fluid expansion and buoyancy
  • Pore pressure measurement and overview of prediction techniques
  • Real-time over-pressure detection
  • Unconventionals
  • Sand production, prediction and management
  • Constructing a rock mechanical earth model
  • Predicting and managing wellbore instability
  • Optimising drilling performance
  • Avoiding lost circulation and designing wellbore strengthening techniques

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.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the concepts of pore pressure prediction to identify abnormal pressure mechanisms
  • Manage wellbore instability and mitigate against well control issues during drilling, completion and production

This course is intended for:

  • Drilling Engineers
  • Well Engineers
  • Production Technologists
  • Completion Engineers
  • Well Superintendents
  • Directional Drillers
  • Wellsite Supervisors
  • Those 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.