Well Engineering and Production > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – Sand Control Fundamentals

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Sand control refers to managing/minimising sand and fine production during petroleum production. Sand and fine produced with oil and gas can cause erosion and wear of production facilities/equipment, resulting in production downtime, expensive repairs, and potentially loss of containment (a serious safety risk).

The solid material produced from a well can consist of both formation fines and load bearing solids. The production of fines cannot normally be prevented and is actually beneficial. The critical factor to assessing the risk of sand production from a particular well is whether or not the production of load bearing particles can be maintained below an acceptable level at the anticipated flow rates and producing conditions which will make the well production acceptable.

Following this Micro VILT, participants will understand the basics involved in successfully selecting the correct methods of managing their sand control issues and thus optimising production opportunities whilst ensuring equipment maintains integrity.


Micro VILT Group Pricing:

SGD$1,200 per person / USD$ 889 per person

(Minimum 5 persons per group session)

For more details on pricing for larger groups or customisation of course outline, call us at +65 6741 9927 or email [email protected]


Delivery of this Micro VILT:

The Micro VILT will be delivered through Zoom, MS Teams or equivalent video conference platforms in combination with other online interactive training tools.


Micro VILT Duration:

The Micro VILT will be delivered online in 1 session comprising 4 hours, with 2 breaks.

Micro VILT Course Materials:

All participants will receive softcopy course materials (PDF format).


Breakdown of Modules:

Module 1: Overview of Sand Control

  1. Causes of Sanding
  2. Predicting Sanding potential
  3. Planning for Sand Control

Module 2: Downhole equipment

  1. Completions Options
  2. Slotted Liners, Sand Screens
  3. Gravel Packs

Module 3: Monitoring & Managing

  1. Types of Equipment
  2. Managing Effective Sand Control
  3. Alternative Solutions


Best Feature of the Micro VILT:

  1. The videos.
  2. Ease of integration of course materials to include presentation, videos, and discussions.
  3. Flexibility. It allowed me to deal with urgent issues from work without interrupting the class and still allow me to listen in.
  4. Class discussion, questions / answers, and the videos were helpful.
  5. The trainer’s knowledge and experience.

Gordon Duncan has over 40 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. During that time, he has worked exclusively in well intervention and completions. After a number of years working for intervention service companies (completions, slickline & workovers), he joined Shell as a well service supervisor. He was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of all well intervention work on Shell’s Persian/Arabian Gulf platforms. This included completion running, coil tubing, e-line, slickline, hydraulic workovers, well testing and stimulation operations. An office-based role as a senior well engineer followed.

He was responsible for planning, programming and organising of all the well engineering and intervention work on a number of fields in the Middle East. He had a brief spell as a Site Representative for Santos in Australia before joining Petro-Canada as Completions Superintendent in Syria, then moved to Australia as Completions Operations Superintendent for Santos, before returning to Shell as Field Supervisor Completions and Well Interventions in Iraq where he carried out the first ever formal abandonment of a well in the Majnoon Field. While working on rotation, Gordon regularly taught Completion Practices, Well Intervention, Well Integrity and Reporting & Planning courses all over the world. In 2014, he started to focus 100% on training and became the Technical Director for PetroEDGE.

Since commencing delivering training courses in 2008, Gordon has taught over 300 courses in 31 cities in 16 countries to in excess of 3,500 participants.

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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Online training provided by PetroEDGE is outstanding as delivered by very knowledgeable and experienced presenter utilising intuitive technology to facilitate student interactions and meaningful class sessions. I would recommend this methodology as delivered by PetroEdge in consideration where staff is teleworking, impacted by issues such as Pandemic/COVID-19, or as a potential cost savings alternative to travel, lodging and per diem.

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This class was the perfect combination of focused training and general understanding. I wish there were mini courses like this.

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