Archive of Texas PTTC Workshops

Optimized Horizontal Well Technology

May 7 (Dallas), May 11 (Midland) and December 18, 2001 (Midland) Texas.
Sponsored by the Texas Region PTTC and presented by R.G. (Bob) Knoll, of Maurer Technology (formerly Maurer Engineering), project coordinator for DEA-44 horizontal technology project

Session 1: Current technology capabilities; common failure themes; rate vs. recovery and impact on reserves; well profile; gas applications; team format and screening; well design process.

Session 2: Fundamentals of advanced directional drilling; principles of well guidance; geosteering methods and capabilities; re-entry well design and concerns; well trajectory; torque and drag constraints; hydraulics design; formation damage and avoidance.

Session 3: Rock mechanics and borehole stability; completion design and methodology; capabilities, limitations, and methodology of multilateral technology.

Session 4: Modern underbalanced drilling (UBD) technology and application; modern coil technology; coiled-tubing applications; well intervention; production logging and operations; field execution issues.

The Presenter
Bob has spent over 27 years in the oil and gas industry, building up a resume that includes engineering, geology, field operations, and management. His entertaining talent for explaining complex issues provides a practically based and uniquely positive learning experience.

For more information about this and other PTTC workshops, please contact Sigrid Clift at
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