Petroleum Geosciences > Applied Petroleum Geomechanics - Pore Pressure Prediction and Maintaining Wellbore Stability - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

The 8 half-day sessions provide a fundamental level of understanding of the geomechanical factors that affect wellbore instability and the prediction and management of abnormal pore pressures. This Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 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 VILT 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 VILT is essentially non-mathematical and makes wide use of diagrams, pictures and exercises to illustrate the essential concepts of geomechanics:

  1. Essential pore pressure and rock mechanics principles
  2. Mechanical core testing
  3. Abnormal pressure mechanisms – subcompaction, fluid expansion and buoyancy
  4. Pore pressure measurement and overview of prediction techniques
  5. Real-time over-pressure detection
  6. Constructing a rock mechanical earth model
  7. Predicting and managing wellbore instability
  8. Life-of-field considerations – effects on fracture gradients
  9. Optimising drilling performance
  10. Salt geomechanics
  11. Avoiding lost circulation and designing wellbore strengthening techniques

By the end of this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), 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 Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 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.

This VILT will be delivered online in 8 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 8 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (32 hours in total)

Your expert course leader is an operational geomechanics advisor with over 40 years of experience in exploration, development and production in the upstream oil and gas industry. After obtaining a BSc (Hons) Physics degree from Aberdeen University, he worked for a variety of oil service companies in wireline operations, management and formation evaluation, before joining Schlumberger in 1995. Since 2000, he has worked principally in real-time geomechanics operations and developing acousto-geomechical applications, taking on the role of geomechanics advisor and technical manager within the Europe-Africa area of operations.

Before forming his own company in 2014, he was one of Schlumberger’s principal instructors, delivering cross-discipline internal and external geomechanics training to petrophysicists, geologists, reservoir, petroleum, well construction and drilling engineers at operating company locations, training centers and operational centers worldwide. Through extensive operational and wellsite experience gained in the North Sea, Europe, Africa, South America and the Far East, he has gained a broad based knowledge of drilling, production, log data acquisition, analysis and interpretation that has allowed him to develop and deliver pragmatic solutions to the geomechanical challenges of drilling, sand production, fracturing and unconventional reservoirs, faced by operators.

His principal interests include the development and application of acousto-geomechanical techniques for the evaluation of anisotropic formations and fracture systems and the identification and prevention of wellbore instability.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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