Horizontal Well Completions

Drilling and Completions


This course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells. It covers both cased-hole and open-hole configurations, either with or without sand control. Participants will learn the applications and dynamics of horizontal wells, including drill-in fluids, hole displacement, cementing, perforating, and stimulation. They will also learn the guidelines for selecting stand-alone screens and executing horizontal gravel packs.

Topics Include:

  • Completion options
  • Cased-hole horizontal completions
  • Perforating and stimulating horizontal wells
  • Open-hole horizontal completions
  • Drill-in fluids
  • Zonal isolation and inflow control
  • Displacing the drill-in fluid

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Horizontal drilling was a step-change in the industry, but the technology is more expensive and riskier than drilling vertical or deviated wells. As a drilling, completion or reservoir engineer, it is important for you to understand the many challenges and options of horizontal drilling.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for drilling, completion and reservoir engineers, and for service company personnel involved with planning, drilling, completing and operating horizontal wells.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Sudiptya Banerjee is a completion engineer within the Baker Hughes’ Center for Technology Innovation who specializes in inflow control technology and reservoir simulation. He began his career working as a cementing and stimulation field engineer for Schlumberger well services, living and working in locations ranging from Western Oklahoma to Saudi Arabia. Since joining Baker Hughes, Banerjee focused on new product design and global technical support, developing and launching products ranging from premium sand control screens to new hybrid-geometry inflow control devices. He holds three patents related to adaptive inflow control alone. Banerjee is an author on a number of papers related to completions in a sand control environment and presented at the Sand Control Workshop in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Banerjee received his BS in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Aaron Burton is the completion manager for the unconventional resources team, a group primarily focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Burton joined Baker Hughes as a field engineer trainee for completion tools after graduation. During his tenure in operations, he has held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and district engineer. He has completed wells in several unconventional plays in North America, including the Bakken, Marcellus, and the Lower Huron.

Burton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.