PETROENG 3023 - Well Completion and Stimulation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PETROENG 3023 Course Well Completion and Stimulation Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources 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 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 Coordinator: Dr Alireza Salmachi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 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 Demonstrate the ability to 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1-4, 6, 7
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
4, 5 ,7
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
4, 5 ,7
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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.
- ‘Casing Design Theory and Practice’ by Rahman and Chilingarian, 1995
- ‘Petroleum Production System’ by Economides, et al. 1994
- ‘Well Completion and Servicing’ by Dennis Perrin, 1995
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.
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:
- Objectives of well completion
- Introduction to well completion
2. Casing Design:
- Casing design for maximum load (surface/ intermediate/production/liner)
- Casing design for directional well
3. Cement and cementing process:
- Multiple stage cementing process
- Remedial cementing process
4. Perforation :
- Perforation skin effect
- Horizontal well damage skin effect
Part 2: Completion types and Wellbore integrity
1. Downhole Completion :
- Basic well completion
- Completion components
- Completion techniques
- Wellhead and its accessories
2. Gravel pack completions:
- Sand production and measurement
- Gravel pack placement
- Gravel and screen design
- Productivity of gravel packed well
well barrier envelope
Part 3: Fracture - Stimulation
7. Hydraulic Fracturing:
- 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:
- Acid/rock interactions
- Sandstone acidizing
- Carbonate acidizing
- Acid penetration in fractures
- Acid fracture conductivity
- Productivity of an acid-fractured well
Specific Course Requirements
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Tutorials 20 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 No 1. 2. 4. SGDE 30 Group Summative Week 11 No 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Final exam 50 Individual Summative Exam period No 1. 2. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Assessment Related Requirements
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You will be advised of the date, time and location for physical submission of all assignments during class or through MyUni
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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.
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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.
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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
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