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Core Laboratories and Texas Region PTTC presents

Introduction to Oilfield Explosives Safety Seminar

Thursday, August 17, 2006
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30
Core Lab, 6319 Windfern Rd, Houston, Texas 77040


The Owen Oil Tools division of Core Laboratories, specialists in oilfield explosives safety training, is teaming up with PTTC Texas Region to give this one-day seminar.

Course Description
This course is based on the API RP-67 (Recommended Practices for Oilfield Explosive Safety). The API RP-67 was developed to aid both operating and service companies in establishing explosive safety guidelines for their own operations. There are approximately 5 accidents involving explosives in our industry each year and most, if not all, of these are related to human error. It is important not only that these guidelines exist, but also that they are followed.

Successful completion of the course does not certify that any individual is ready for the shooting compartment, but it does lay the groundwork and is a critical introduction. Everyone attending the class leaves understanding the possible ramifications of NOT following procedures. Certification that an individual can and will work safely with explosives is the responsibility of the various employers who can observe that individual performing the various tasks over a period of time.

Part 1
This segment covers the basic types of explosives used in the oil industry, the characteristics of those explosives and a discussion of the various explosive tools and their associated hazards.

Part 2
This segment is a systematic look at the API RP-67 and its various recommendations for specific practices at the wellsite including everything from establishing a safe loading area to what to do with pressure trapped inside a perforating carrier. Requirements for explosives trainees and explosives users are set forth, and surface equipment and downhole tools are discussed. Special attention will be paid to the development of a safety checklist for use at the well.

The course is presented in a Powerpoint format and includes multimedia material that holds the attendee’s attention. It is a casual, interactive format that allows for as much discussion as is required. Attendees will receive a reference manual and a certificate of course completion.

Topics include
    •Radio Frequency Hazards
    •Stray Current and Voltage
    •Wellsite Procedures
    •Chemical Cutters
    •Types of Blasting Caps
    •Jet Cutter & Severing Tools
    •Perforating Charges
    •Explosives Degradation

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for everyone in the oil industry who may come in contact with or who will be in the near vicinity of explosives at the wellsite; from the operating company engineer or rig foreman to the experienced service company explosive user.

About the Instructor
Craig Beveridge, Owen Well Solutions Manager, is the instructor for this course. Mr. Beveridge holds a B.S. degree in Geology from Muskingum College and has worked in the oilfield explosive industry in various roles since 1982. From NL McCullough to Western Atlas and now at Owen Oil Tools, Craig has worked as Wireline Engineer, TCP Specialist, Ballistics Engineering Support Engineer, Operations Safety Advisor, been involved in failure analysis and accident investigation, and held various managerial positions. He is currently a member of the API Workgroup assigned the task of updating API RP-67.

For more information, please call Sigrid Clift at 512-471-0320.