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

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This intensive 5 half-day Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course is designed to provide participants with a thorough knowledge of downhole sand exclusion equipment and the operational procedures required for converting a drilled well into an efficient and safe producer.

The VILT course will adopt a practical approach for the various types of sand control equipment, specific applications, the preparation and the final execution and installation of the equipment.

Upon completion of this VILT course, participants will be able to:

  • List well data needed for sand exclusion design
  • Illustrate different types of equipment
  • Describe the application of different sand exclusion methods
  • Prepare a list of Sand Exclusion Installation Equipment
  • Determine the selection of suitable completions fluids
  • Explain post job graphs
  • Describe common issues/problems and suitable mitigations
  • Describe the procedures for running various types of sand control equipment
  • Describe different methods of gravel packing
  • Identify the critical QA/QC processes

This VILT course is aimed primarily at completions and drilling engineers. It is also targeted at those that are influenced by sand control (e.g. reservoir, production and petroleum engineers) and those with responsibilities for implementing sand control (i.e. service companies).

The VILT course will benefit:

  • Completion Engineers
  • Intervention Engineers
  • Well Site Leaders
  • Entry Level/Support Personnel
  • Well Site Managers
  • Those involved in Cross-Discipline Training

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

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.

Learn what past participants have said about PetroEdge training courses

Thanks! I got excellent knowledge on sand control

Team Leader, Hess Indonesia

Excellent new course! Learn a lot about sand control and how it will contribute to my work

Production Technologist, Shell

The course was very comprehensive and useful

Head Technical Services, Scomi Oiltools

Good duration and good supporting materials. Plenty of discussion and exercises too

Production Engineer, Petrofac

Very useful training

Production Superintendent, Total E & P Indonesia

Good basic fundamental on sand control

Application Engineer, Weatherford