Root Cause Failure Analysis and Wellbore Integrity

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Hyatt Regency 400 West Waterman Street - Wichita, KS 67202


Day One: Root Cause Failure Analysis Training

Failure cause analysis training from Shores Lift Solutions is the most comprehensive in the industry.  Information critical to solving repeat failures in problem wells is provided and includes recommendations for immediate changes or future changes when incurring the next well intervention.  Utilizing an extensive library of photos and failure documentation, this training program can help engineering and production personnel identify failures in the field and allow immediate corrective action to be taken.  The training covers:

  • understanding the different failure modes – tensile or fatigue
  • identifying the different causes of fatigue failures
  • identifying the different types of corrosion failures
  • corrective actions for the failure
  • utilizing predictive design software to prevent failures.


Russell Stevens

Russell Stevens is one of the most respected and experienced artificial lift experts in the oil and gas industry and widely recognized as the premier expert on root cause failure analysis reporting.

Russell has more than 30 years of rod lift design and optimization experience and is a long-time member of the SPE, current member of the Board of Director for Artificial Lift Research and Development Council (ALRDC), and voting member on Subcommittee 11, “Field Operating Equipment.”

He has consulted for many of the industry’s most active and largest operators worldwide. His expertise and knowledge has been proven through more training schools than anyone in the industry and by authorship of papers, technical catalogs, brochures, and bulletins.

Day Two: Wellbore Integrity throughout its Life Cycle

This course will focus on two critical components of well integrity – CASING DESIGN and CEMENTING. Key aspects of casing design will be discussed so that the Course attendees gain a good understanding on why a good casing design is critical in ensuring that the well retains its structural integrity throughout its life cycle.

The importance of obtaining a good primary cement job will also be covered including good cementing practices and evaluation including current cement bond logging techniques – ultra sonic imaging tool (USIT), circumferential acoustic scanning tool (CAST) and segmented bond tool (SBT) in addition to the conventional CBL/VDL techniques.

Well integrity considerations for hydraulically fractured wells will also be covered in the course. NOTE: It is not a primary objective of this Course to have the attendees become experts in Casing Design and Cementing, and in interpretation of cement bond logging techniques, but rather enable them to have a strong and clear understanding of these two critical well integrity components.

Morning Session

  • Well Integrity – Definition and Why Well Integrity is Important
  • Basic Well Construction and Completion Principles
  • Well Integrity – Barriers and Philosophy
  • Well Integrity – Issues and Challenges
  • Basic Casing Design Principles
  • Casing Design Example Problems

Afternoon Session

  • Cementing and Squeeze Cementing
  • Evaluation of Cement Job/Quality/Bond Logs
  • Current CBL Techniques/USIT/CAST-V/SBT/Isolation Scanner
  • Wellbore/Mechanical Integrity Testing Methods
  • Review of Macondo Blow-out
  • Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water Issues – National and Regional/State Perspectives
  • Q&As,  Summary and wrap-up

About the Instructor
Talib Syed, P.E. holds a B-Tech (Chemical Engineering – Univ. of Madras, India) and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering (Univ. of Oklahoma) and is a Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer in CO and WY. He is a member of SPE (since 1977) and AIME. He has over 38 years of domestic and international experience in oil and gas production operations (both offshore and onshore) in some of the largest oilfields in the world (Saudi Arabia – Ghawar/Safaniya and Alaskan North Slope). His current areas of work include hydraulic fracturing of tight oil and gas reservoirs (drilling and completion), CO2 geologic sequestration, slurry fracture injection and well integrity projects.


This workshop is produced and presented by the University of Kansas Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP) in association with the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC). This program will benefit petroleum, production, reservoir, and completion engineers; production technologists; stimulation engineers; asset management engineers and managers; reservoir management; practicing geologists; and university staff and academia.

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Member Online (webinar workshop): $300

Student Member: $100

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