Advanced Sand Control Training Course

Target Audience

This course is targeted at engineers with an understanding of sand control fundamentals who are looking to implement sand control in their current or future operations.


Participants should have all of the following:

  • Technical background
  • Understanding of common oilfield terminology
  • Grasp of the fundamental concepts of drilling and completing a well
  • Basic understanding of sand control operations (completion/pumping)


This course provides practical sand control design and evaluation experience using the DuneFront PackPro software suite, which gives participants the opportunity to put into practice what they learn. Previous experience with PackPro is not required but participants should follow the steps below to install the software before attending the course:

  • Complete the demo request form on the DuneFront website (
  • Download the installation file using the link provided by email.
  • Install the software on your computer.
  • A training license will be issued to each participant for the duration of the course.

For any problems or questions regarding the download or installation of the PackPro , please contact

Course Description

This course reviews fundamental sand control concepts and goes on to detail the mechanisms, applications and challenges of the various sand control treatment types in both cased and open hole applications. It culminates in a practical project requiring students to apply what they have learned by selecting, designing and presenting the most appropriate sand control completion for a number of case study wells.


Day 1 – Review of Sand Control Basics

  • Sand Control Introduction – Review the basics of geo-mechanics and sand production, discussing the importance of sand control and the conditions under which it may be required.
  • Sand Control Techniques and Selection – Review the various sand control techniques used across the industry along with their respective applications, advantages and challenges.
  • Screen and Gravel Selection – Discuss the guidelines used in selecting the most appropriate screen and gravel (types and sizes) for a well.
  • Pumping Fluids Systems – Discuss the various carrier fluid systems used in sand control treatments including Newtonian, VES and polymer.
  • Perforating for Sand Control – Discuss perforating considerations for sand control techniques used in cased hole completions.
  • Well Preparation for Sand Control – Discuss the various well considerations while installing the sand control completion including reservoir drilling fluids (RDFs), wellbore cleanout and fluid loss control.

Day 2 – Standalone Screens

  • Types of Screens – Review the various types of sand screens available along with their relative advantages, challenges and applications.
  • Sand Retention Testing – Discuss sand retention testing methodology for comparing the performance of different types of screens.
  • Selection Criteria – Discuss the application envelope for standalone screens and how the industry is pushing the boundaries on these installations.
  • Remedial Sand Control – Review the various options available for sand control in wells that were completed without sand control or are facing sand control failure.
  • PackPro Introduction – Introduce and review the PackPro software which will be used to demonstrate the sand control principles and technology covered during the course.

Day 3 – Open Hole Gravel Packing

  • Overview and Packing Mechanisms – Discuss the principles and packing mechanisms of alpha/beta, alpha/alpha, slurry packing and shunt tube techniques.
  • Applications, Advantages and Challenges – Discuss the application window of each technique along with its relative advantages and challenges over other techniques.
  • Technology – Discuss the latest technology that can improve the success rate of these gravel packing techniques.
  • Practical Project – Participants will use PackPro to explore first-hand how changing various parameters and the use of new technology can impact gravel pack success.

Day 4 – Cased Hole and Frac Packing

  • Screenless Sand Control – Discuss the techniques available to control sand without the use of screens.
  • Cased Hole Gravel Packing – Discuss gravel packing considerations specific to cased hole completions and highlight the differences from open hole gravel packing.
  • Pre-Packing – Discuss the importance of packing the perforations and cover the different techniques available to maximize perforation packing.
  • Basics of Frac Packing – Discuss frac packing principles, application scenarios and basic design considerations.
  • Single Trip Multi-Zone Completions – Discuss the different techniques available for completing multiple zones in a single trip along with their relative advantages and challenges.

Day 5 – Practical Projects

  • Practical Project – Participants will be given well data for which they must select and design the optimal completion using what they have learned on the course.
  • Project Presentation – Each group will present its solution, justifying the selected completion and detailing the design methodology.
  • Participant Feedback – Open discussion between all participants and instructors to gather feedback and comments for continuously improving the course.
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