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Technical: Geomechanics - Sand production and wellbore stability.

According to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), 70% of the world’s oil and gas reserves are contained in reservoirs where sand production will become a problem at some point during the life of the field.


Wellbore stability issues have been estimated to cost the industry US$8 billion every year.

This course explains how geomechanics can help in assessing the risk of sand production and wellbore instability, through the practical integration of regional, core, well and drilling data from fields throughout the world.


You will learn:

  • how to determine reservoir and overburden stresses, their magnitudes and orientation

  • how to determine rock strength on core and how strength can be predicted in the overburden and in uncored intervals

  • what data are required to build and calibrate geomechanical models

  • about sand failure and wellbore stability modelling

Who should attend?

Drillers, production engineers, geoscientists and petrophysicists who wish to expand their knowledge in geomechanics and how it impacts on well construction and completion decisions.

The instructors have carried out many projects throughout the world where geomechanics have posed significant challenges in well construction and completion design. The workflows used in these projects - particularly the acquisition, analysis and quality control of geomechanics data – provide the framework for the principal course modules and field examples

Duration & Cost

2 days, Aberdeen - £990 pp ex VAT.

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