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URTeC SC-11 | An Overview of Multistage Completion Systems for Hydraulic Fracturing

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all Oil and Gas Industry professionals involved in planning, drilling, completing, hydraulic fracturing, asset management, and operating wells with multistage hydraulic fracturing that want a better understanding of the different completion options available for this application.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of multistage completions
  • Recognize the benefits and considerations for each type of completion system
  • Use knowledge gained to select completion based on their specific application
  • Understand basic theory and design of fracturing and refracturing wells

Course Content

Shales and other low-permeability formations require multistage completions, hydraulic fracturing, and horizontal wells to produce at economic rates. This course focuses on the multistage completion systems that are used in these applications, including plug-and-perf, ballactivated systems (frac sleeves), and coiled tubing-activated systems (annular fracturing). Participants will learn the different types of multistage completion options and how they compare in different applications. They will also get an overview of low-permeability plays and learn the basics of hydraulic fracturing and refracturing.


  • An overview of applications that require multistage hydraulic fracturing
  • The basics of hydraulic fracturing and refracturing theory and design
  • Evolution of multistage completions
  • Wellbore completion options for multistage hydraulic fracturing
  • Plug-and-perf completions
  • Ball-activated completion systems (frac sleeves)
  • Coiled-tubing-activated completions systems (annular fracturing)
  • New multistage completion technologies
  • Benefits and considerations for each completion system
  • Application specific solutions for wellbore completion design
  • Refracturing options for existing wells


40 People
0.8 Credits


  • Printed Course Material
  • 1-day course with lecture
  • Access to SPE's Learning Management System
  • Class exercises and discussion
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch




URTeC SC-11 | An Overview of Multistage Completion Systems for Hydraulic Fracturing
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States