Discipline Production Engineering
LevelFoundation
Duration1 Day
Delivery Mechanism Practical Training
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Practical Perforating I: Shaped-Charges, Guns and Operations

This 1-day overview course introduces oilwell perforating concepts, operations, gun systems and safety. It familiarizes attendees with tools, equipment, processes and procedures, including the basics of shaped-charge design and manufacturing, qualification and quality-control tests, perforating laboratory research and applications in various well completions and different types of formation. The agenda comprises lecture presentations, technical animations and videos, and facility site tours at a Houston-area research, technology integration, engineering and manufacturing center to view equipment displays, models, manufacturing operations, quality-control tests and demonstrations.

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  • Agenda

    Day 1

    • Explosives, oilwell perforating and conveyance methods
    • Shaped charge components, materials, and types
    • Gun, or carrier, system classifications
    • American Petroleum Institute (API) qualification tests
    • Shaped-charge manufacturing
    • Inspection testing for quality-assurance and quality-control
    • Downhole pressures—underbalance, balanced or overbalance
    • Dynamic versus static underbalance
    • Extreme overbalance and propollants
    • Perforating research and laboratory testing
    • Firing heads, detonators and accessories        
    • Explosive cutters for pipe recovery
    • Operational safety and examples of perforating applications 
  • Topics

    Use of explosives for perforating, shaped sharges and carriers; static and dynamic underbalance; firing heads and detonators; operational safety.

  • Audience

    Production and completion engineers and other professionals interested to have a practical knowledge on perforating technology.

  • Prerequisites

    Basic knowledge on oil and gas well completions and production.

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