Stuck Pipe, Design and Operational Practices for Avoidance

HOT Engineering
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Stuck Pipe, Design and Operational Practices for Avoidance

Stuck Pipe, Design and Operational Practices for Avoidance

The Stuck Pipe, Design and Operational Practices for Avoidance course is designed to address the root causes of poor planning and poor operational procedures that lead to stuck pipe occurrences at the rigsite. This course takes a ‘holistic’ approach to stuck pipe prevention where the subject is addressed across disciplines at the planning, execution and evaluation stages of each project. The importance of maintaining focus on the key drivers of stuck pipe during each phase of well construction is highlighted as is the use of techniques and equipment previously only used by the geoscience teams.

Whilst the course covers all the areas of potential stuck pipe in well construction operations, the delivery of it is focused on ensuring that the greatest impact can be delivered both in the planning stages and at the rigsite. The time weighting of each subject area and each stuck pipe mechanism is based on the industry stuck pipe statistics to ensure that the maximum value is delivered.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is suitable for those who are:

  • A professional involved in well construction, office based or rig based staff at all levels
  • For the first time introduced to stuck pipe
  • In need of refreshing your knowledge or if it is more than two years since you attended a stuck pipe course

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be confident in their understanding of:

  • How to plan wells using the most up-to-date techniques and input from the geology and geomechanics teams to prevent avoidable problems in the well
  • How the ‘old’ practices and procedures embedded in the industry are not always correct and often lead to stuck pipe situations
  • How the ‘human factor’ plays a significant part in a lot of stuck pipe situations and why people do not follow the correct practices and procedures
  • Communication and operational reporting and planning, why we often do not see the obvious risks because of the way we focus our reporting
  • The definitions, mechanisms and language of stuck pipe
  • Jars and accelerators, how they work and how to place them correctly, but also why these pieces of equipment are not always going to help you

Training Course Content

This course covers the following topics: 

  • Stuck pipe definitions, the statistics of stuck pipe
  • Understanding your project risk profile, offset data review
  • Mechanisms of stuck pipe
  • Hole Cleaning
  • Geomechanics and using FEWD(LWD) to understand the well stability
  • The directional profile and its role in increasing stuck pipe risk
  • Torque and drag as a fundamental component of stuck pipe
  • Planning a well to avoid stuck pipe
  • Rig site well monitoring and how to correctly monitor a well
  • Rigsite practice, design of and monitoring compliance with procedures
  • The drilling fluid as a stuck pipe prevention tool
  • Identifying the stuck pipe mechanism, rigsite guidance and the HSE approach to drilling incidents
  • Forensic evaluation to identify and re-classify previous assumptions
  • Drill string design issues


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