Horizontal Well Completions

Denver Section

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Continuing Education Short Course Offering

Horizontal Well Completions


Instructor:                Steve Mathis, Baker Oil Tools

 Dates:                      Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Location:                  Note:  (as of Tue Jan 19, 2010,  the new location is John D. Hershner Room, Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO  80203


 0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded by SPE-Americas Office for this 1-day course.

 Course Description

This course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells with either cased or open hole configurations, with or without sand control. It reviews the applications for horizontal wells and discusses drill-in fluids, hole displacement, cementing, perforating, and stimulation.  In addition, the procedural guidelines for selecting stand alone screens and executing horizontal gravel packs are reviewed.  Finally, zonal isolation and inflow control techniques for use with or without sand control are highlighted.


Course Contents


  • Introduction
  • Horizontal Well Design
  • Completion Options
  • Cased-Hole Horizontal Completions
  • Perforating Horizontal Wells
  • Stimulating Horizontal Wells
  • Open-hole Horizontal Completions
  • Drilling the Open-hole
  • Drill-in Fluids
  • Displacing the Drill-in Fluid
  • Open-hole Completion Design—Sand Control Unnecessary
  • Open-hole Completion Design—Sand Control Necessary
  • Zonal isolation and Inflow Control
  • Summary and Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for drilling, completion and reservoir engineers and service company personnel involved with planning, drilling, completing and operating horizontal wells.

About the Instructor

Steve Mathis is the Product Line Training Manager for Baker Oil Tools in Houston, Texas. He has over 25 years of industry experience including 11 years in the Drilling and Completion Division of Exxon Production Research Company, and 13 years in Sand Control Technical Services for Baker Oil Tools. His specialization is completion optimization and geomechanics. He has been instrumental in developing procedures for both hard rock and sand control completions for both conventional and horizontal wells. He has a B.S and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, both from the University of Arizona.

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