Advanced Stuck Pipe Prevention

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This course has been written for Operators, Drilling Contractors and Service personnel who require an in-depth detailed understanding of the causes of stuck pipe (which includes drill pipe, BHA’s, casing, liners and logging tools) and how sticking can be prevented.

As compared with the standard Stuck Pipe Prevention Course, we spend more time studying downhole tectonic / rock mechanics forces (including wellbore stability / instability with respect to mud weight, mud chemistry, hole angle and azimuth), the importance of optimised drilling fluids design, BHA design, optimised well design, optimised drilling practices, jar placement, jar calculations & jar firing, why problems exacerbate on high angle / ERD / horizontal wells and the importance of effective teamwork & communication.

For the “practical session” of the course, we work through a number of advanced-level stuck pipe case histories (which were all preventable) to cement the delegates learning & understanding.

Duration: 3 Days

Skill Level: Advanced

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This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Downhole Forces
  • Review of Recent (2014) Industry Data
  • Area 1: Solids Induced / Formation Collapse / Pack-Off
  • The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck
  • Rock Mechanics & Problem Prevention
  • Mobile Formation Problem Prevention
  • What cavings tell us
  • Rock Strength & Brittleness
  • Data & Interpretation
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Wellbore Stability / Instability
  • The Use of Expandables
  • Increasing Hole Angle Effects
  • Tripping Practices
  • Area 2: Differential Sticking
  • The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck
  • Area 3: Mechanical Sticking
  • The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck
  • Area 4: Wellbore Geometry Sticking
  • The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck
  • Hole Cleaning
  • Best Practices
  • Jars & Accelerators
  • Communications
  • Flow-charts
  • Teamwork Exercises
  • This course has been written for senior, experienced personnel within the drilling industry who have several years of experience but who are still noting stuck pipe issues.
  • It is particularly applicable to Senior Drilling Engineers, Drilling Superintendents, Drilling Managers, Drillers, Toolpushers, Senior Toolpushers and Service Personnel.

 Prerequisite: Several years planning onshore / working offshore.

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