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.
- 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
Use of explosives for perforating, shaped sharges and carriers; static and dynamic underbalance; firing heads and detonators; operational safety.
Production and completion engineers and other professionals interested to have a practical knowledge on perforating technology.
Basic knowledge on oil and gas well completions and production.