Fundamentals of Well Completions

Fundamentals of Well Completions

March 12, 2019 | Houston, TX

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In petroleum production, completion is the process of making a well ready for production. Understanding the completions process is important for many non-technical professionals working within the oil and gas industry. This course is intended for individuals with little to no prior completions knowledge who will benefit from learning more about the completions process.

The instructor, who has decades of “boots on the ground” experience, will discuss the steps of the well completions process. Different types of completion design will be covered, including open-hole, perforated, guyed-lattice structures, and more. Attendees will leave the course with a basic understanding of wellbore and completion equipment. The course will also address topics such as completion fluids, stimulation, and special completions.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees to this course will:

  • Address the basic steps of well completion
  • Describe completion design
  • Identify wellbore and completion equipment
  • Discuss completion fluids
  • Evaluate stimulation methods
  • Recognize special types of completion
  • Review completions testing methods



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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Basic Steps

  • Geologic environment
  • Reservoir characteristics
  • Long term plan for reservoir development

Completion Design Options

  • Open-hole
  • Perforated
  • Gravel or frac packed
  • Fracture stimulation designs
  • Special considerations: multilateral, multi-zone, steam, open or cased hole isolation packers

Completion Equipment

  • Tubing
  • Packers/sleeves/bridge plugs
  • Production liners
  • Wellhead and christmas trees
  • Subsurface safety valves

Completion Fluids

  • “Clean” drilling fluids
  • Salt water fluids
  • Oil based fluids
  • Well control considerations

Cased Hole Logs

  • Cement (temp/USIT) bond log
  • Correlation log
  • Caliper log
  • Fluid entry logs


  • Casing guns
  • Through tubing guns
  • Tubing conveyed
  • Underbalanced
  • Size, shots per ft, depths of penetration, phasing


  • Acid
  • Fracture
  • Pressure wash perfs
  • Pressure build up tests

Completion Testing Methods

  • Unloading the well
  • Facilities to separate fluids
  • Transportation and disposal of fluids
  • Putting the well on artificial lift

Summary & Conclusion


M.K. (Val) Lerma, Engineering Manager, Interact

Ms. Lerma has worked in the oil industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes drilling, reservoir, and production engineering, as well as management. She has worked for both major and independent operators, both on and offshore. She has a BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from California Lutheran University. She served as the Engineering Manager, Business Development Manager, and President of Orchard Petroleum Inc., and Orchard E&P, LLC. Ms. Lerma taught the drilling engineering undergraduate and graduate course at USC for 7 years, and currently teaches various oil and gas classes for both the PTTC and EUCI. She’s on the Curriculum Advisory Board for the University of North Dakota’s petroleum engineering department, and is a member of the local API Board. Val has authored and co-authored several SPE papers and is a licensed professional petroleum engineer in the State of California. Val is currently the Engineering Manager for InterAct, an Acteon Company.



Hyatt Regency Houston

1200 Louisiana St

Houston, TX 77002

Reserve your room:

please call 1-713-375-4800

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 10 – 11, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 10, 2019.

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