PETROENG 3023 - Well Completion & Stimulation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The objective of this course is to provide students the broad understanding of petroleum well completion process. The course covers the fundamental principles of the design and evaluation of well completions, casing design in various loading condition with various downhole situations; placement of casing, liners and well tubing; cementing techniques; perforation techniques; gravel packing; sand control and measurement, use of different sand control devices; fundamentals of fracturing including acid fracturing and hydraulic fracturing; and matrix acidizing. This course also covers the broad overviews of various completion techniques, tools, and wellhead types, and surface gathering systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 3023
    Course Well Completion & Stimulation
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PETROENG 2010
    Assumed Knowledge Higher Maths, Physics, Chemistry
    Restrictions Available to BE(Petroleum) students only
    Course Description The objective of this course is to provide students the broad understanding of petroleum well completion process. The course covers the fundamental principles of the design and evaluation of well completions, casing design in various loading condition with various downhole situations; placement of casing, liners and well tubing; cementing techniques; perforation techniques; gravel packing; sand control and measurement, use of different sand control devices; fundamentals of fracturing including acid fracturing and hydraulic fracturing; and matrix acidizing. This course also covers the broad overviews of various completion techniques, tools, and wellhead types, and surface gathering systems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alireza Salmachi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 To learn, understand and be able to recall the main terminology, concepts, and techniques that applies to Well Completion and Stimulation
    2 Apply a critical-thinking and problem-solving approach towards the design of a well completion
    3 Apply theoretical and practice skills in real problems through case studies
    4 Analyse, and devise relevant solutions to problems posed within the course, individually and with team mates
    5 Interact with other students to practice teamwork and communication skills
    6 Engage and participate in class and online discussions
    7 Evaluate and provide feedback on your own learning experience

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-4, 6, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5 ,7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5 ,7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5-7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Not applicable

    Recommended Resources

    No specific textbook is recommended. However, a list of suggested references follows. Materials drawn from various texts and technical papers will be presented.

    Most materials will be provided through “MyUni” and handouts during the lecture.

    1. ‘Casing Design Theory and Practice’ by Rahman and Chilingarian, 1995
    2. ‘Petroleum Production System’ by Economides, et al. 1994
    3. ‘Well Completion and Servicing’ by Dennis Perrin, 1995
    Online Learning

    The course will be available through MyUni site 'WELL COMPLETION AND STIMULATION (3120_PETROENG_3023)'

    It will provide valuable resources and course information, such as announcements, lecture material, assignments, discussion boards, etc. The material will be released over the semester, and the course will be made available from the start of the semester.

    Students are expected to check their Uni emails and check the announcements frequently on MyUni site.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures are supported by solved examples, problem-solving tutorials, and real case studies.

    Online learning is also available through MyUni.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The standard undergraduate workload for a full-time student is 48 hours per week which equates to approximately 12 hours per 3 unit course. The workload associated to this course involves 5 hrs of lectures and tutorials per week. You would be expected to spend an approximately twice the number of hours outside class-revising notes, reading more widely about the topics covered, practicing examples, finishing exercises, homework etc. The University Learning and Teaching Committee has recently agreed that 3 unit courses are required to have a minimum workload of 150 hours regardless of the length of the course.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Tentative topics in Sequence:

    Part 1: Casing, Cementing and Perforating
    1. Overview and Introduction: Week 1

    • Objectives of well completion
    • Introduction to well completion

    2. Casing Design: Week 1-2

    • Casing design for maximum load (surface/ intermediate/production/liner)
    • Casing design for directional well

    3. Cement and cementing process: Week 2-3

    • Multiple stage cementing process
    • Remedial cementing process

    4. Perforation : Week 3-4

    • Methods
    • Perforation skin effect
    • Horizontal well damage skin effect

    Part 2: Completion types
    5. Downhole Completion : Week 5-6

    • Basic well completion
    • Completion components
    • Completion techniques
    • Wellhead and its accessories

    6. Gravel pack completions: Week 6-7

    • Sand production and measurement
    • Gravel pack placement
    • Gravel and screen design
    • Productivity of gravel packed wells

    Part 3: Fracture - Stimulation
    7. Hydraulic Fracturing: Week 8-10

    • Objectives of well stimulation
    • In-situ stresses and fracture direction
    • Hydraulic fracture geometry
    • Fracture length, conductivity and equivalent skin effect
    • Fracture fluid volume, proppant schedule and propped fracture width
    • Proppant selection for fracture design
    • Slurry (fracture fluid-proppant) concentration

    8. Acidizing and Acid Fracturing: Week 10-12

    • Acid/rock interactions
    • Sandstone acidizing
    • Carbonate acidizing
    • Acid penetration in fractures
    • Acid fracture conductivity
    • Productivity of an acid-fractured well
    Specific Course Requirements

    Not applicable

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Tutorials 15 Individual Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 4.
    SGDE 25 Group Summative Week 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Final exam 60 Individual min 45% 1. 2.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
     
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
     
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Not applicable

    Assessment Detail

    Further details on assignments will be given during class or through MyUni at least two weeks in advance of the submission date.

    Submission

    You will be advised of the date, time and location for physical submission of all assignments during class or through MyUni

    Submission of Work for Assessment
    Practical class exercises should be submitted in hardcopy with a completed copy of the assessment coversheet that is available from the school office. This should be signed to indicate you have read the university policy statement on plagiarism, collusion and related forms of cheating.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks
    Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Co-ordinator or lecturer before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.

    Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
    Assessment tasks must be submitted by the stated deadlines. There will be a penalty for late submission of assessment tasks. The submitted work will be marked ‘without prejudice’ and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each working day (or part of a day) that an assessment task is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained. The Course Co-ordinator or lecturer / examiner may elect not to accept any assessment task that a student wants to submit after that task has been marked and feedback provided to the rest of the class.

    Provision of Feedback to Students
    Feedback will be provided to students within four weeks of a test and assignments submission.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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