This 5-day course is aimed at petroleum, production and operation engineers who wish to gain an insight into some of the more advanced aspects of completion design. It will be run on a workshop style basis where the attendees will have the opportunity to select from the subjects listed below.

Target audience

This course will be of interest to Engineers (both Operating and Service Company personnel) who are already familiar with the basic completion processes, but have a need to extend their area of understanding to cover more advanced aspects; but who can not justify attending a number of separate courses which are often targeted at teaching specific software. It would thus also suit Production Staff, Engineers from disciplines other than Production Technology etc.

Course requirement

The course presumes a general engineering or scientific background. It requires some basic knowledge of completion and production technology. It combines a review of the fundamental concepts of the subjects covered together with their practical application.


1. Well Performance

  • Refresher on Multiphase Flow
  • Nodal Analysis: Inflow & Outflow Performance
  • Completions Inflow Performance
  • Choke Flow
  • Computerised Well Performance Prediction Computer Programs
  • Well Performance Sensitivities
  • Perforating & Advanced Perforating
  • Application, Construction & Modelling of Advanced wells
    • Smart Wells: Applications and Case Histories
    • Coiled Tubing Completion Strings
    • Downhole Oil/Water Separation: Technology & Economic modelling

2. Selection of Artificial Lift Techniques

  • Overview & Selection Criteria
  • Rod Pump
    • Basic equipment design
    • Operating practices
  • Electrical Submersible Pumps
    • Basic equipment design
    • Components
    • Operating Practices
    • New applications
  • Hydraulic Pumps
    • Basic equipment design
  • Progressive Cavity Pumps
    • Basic equipment design

3. Gas Lift

  • Introduction
  • Application
  • Design Objectives
  • The Unloading Process
  • Side Pocket Mandrels
  • Gas Lift Valve Mechanics
  • Gas Lift Design
  • Operational Problems
  • Gas Lifted Field Optimisation
  • Intermittent Gas Lift
  • New Technology

4. Formation Damage

  • Concept of Skin
  • Sources of Skin
  • The many Formation Damage Sources and the technique used to reduce its impact on well impairment
  • Formation Damage during Workovers
  • Prevention, Underbalance Drilling

5. Matrix Acidising Treatments

  • Well stimulation Economics
  • Well Candidate Selection
  • Design of Matrix Stimulation treatment parameters
    • Acid Formulations, Volumes, Rates, Additives, Treatment type, Diversion, etc.
  • Matrix Stimulation Campaign Case Histories
  • Stimulation of Carbonate Formations
  • Acidising Special Well Types
  • Coiled Tubing Jetting
  • Coiled Tubing Stimulations

6. Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Candidate Selection Guidelines
  • Fractured Well Inflow Performance
  • The Propped Hydraulic Fracturing treatment
  • Rock Mechanical Issues important to Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Fracture Fluid & Proppant Selection
  • Optimisation of Hydraulic Fracture Dimensions
  • Tip Screen out Fracturing

7. Conformance Control

  • Sources of "bad" water
  • Matrix and Fracture shut-off treatments
  • Advanced Water Management Techniques

8. Unstable Formations and Sand Control

  • Types of Sand Production
  • Fill Removal with Coiled Tubing
  • Prediction of Sand Failure
  • Cost of Sand Control
  • Sand Exclusion Techniques
  • Detailed description of Gravel Packing Technology
  • Chemical Sand Control
  • Sand Control Installation using Coiled Tubing
  • New Technology

9. New Developments in Field Development & Production Management

  • Remote Data acquisition & multiphase measurement
  • Horizontal, Multilateral and Advanced Wells
  • Subsea Developments

10. Coiled Tubing Workover Operations

  • Technology
  • Well Unloading and kick-off
  • Drilling
  • Cementing
  • Electric Line Applications


Dr Khafiz Muradov and Dr Morteza Haghighat Sefat.

Please email either if you have any questions about the course content.




If you are interested in attending this course please email the CPD Manager at