Stuck Pipe Prevention Training

Course Length: 1-Day

Course Level: N/A

Course Option: N/A

Location: Houston, TX


Smith Mason & Co customized Stuck Pipe Prevention training focuses on preventing one of the costliest drilling problems the oil industry faces. This course helps to identify early warning signs and the early steps necessary to reduce stuck pipe incidents.

This course provides drill crews and supervisors practical techniques for eliminating or significantly reducing stuck pipe incidents as well as steps to minimize the event and get free quickly. We are able to draw from past experiences to help eliminate problems in the future.

Lack of communication and surface/downhole awareness among rig crews and supervisory personnel are key factors in preventing stuck pipe incidents. Our Stuck Pipe Prevention course emphasizes “bottoms-up” communication and takes a “Trends to watch for and people to talk to” approach in identifying potential problems. The course emphasizes good communication, identifying the “human factors” that can be utilized to increase the likelihood of freeing stuck pipe.

This course is highly customizable to meet the area specific needs of your company.

Stuck Pipe Prevention Training covers the following:

  • Stuck Pipe History and Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Geology  - troublesome formations
  • Causes of stuck pipe (13 in all) – major categories are:
    • Pack-off and Bridging
    • Differential Sticking
    • Wellbore Geometry

Other topics discussed

  • Hole cleaning – large and small bore annuli
  • Vertical, deviated and horizontal hole sections
  • Effective solids control – it’s important
  • Trends to watch and how to interpret them – drilling & tripping
  • Crew members’ roles and responsibilities
    • Driller
    • Derrickhand
    • Shakerhand
    • Mud Logger
    • Mud Engineer
  • Accurate identification of the cause of the incident
    • Stuck Pipe Worksheet
    • Appropriate First Actions
  • Estimating Freepoint – vertical and deviated well
    • What “freepoint” really means
  • Possible freeing techniques
  • Jars and Jarring
    • Jar Placement in the Drill String
    • How They Operate
      • Mechanical and Hydraulic
      • Hydraulic Jars…friend, or “not so much?”
      • Proper Jarring Direction
      • Jarring While Circulating
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