What is a Completion?

Project Background and Purpose

Technical advances in methods used to construct and prepare wells for operations have paved the way for tremendous industry growth over the last several decades. New drilling tools and measuring capabilities allow us to construct many closely spaced wellbores. Hydraulic fracturing and hydrocarbon recovery systems maximize the return from each investment.

Industry vocabularies have failed to keep pace with these advances, however. Terminology that worked well only a few years ago now introduces ambiguity and lack of clarity that can interfere with communication and the interdisciplinary connections that are essential to our industry. PPDM Association’s What Is A Well and Well Status and Classification initiatives create Rosetta Stones that help harmonize corporate and regional dialects.

PPDM vocabularies including What Is A Completion serve as an aid to disambiguating how the words such as “completion” are used in each operating or regulatory system. It provides terminology with definitions, clarifications, illustrations and examples that can be used in any working environment to help stakeholders from different working groups, organizations or regions be sure they are communicating clearly and effectively.

High Level Goals and Objectives

The aim of What Is A Completion is to develop a best practice that is globally applicable, and that can both support and be independent of any specific regulatory or operator environment.

The What Is A Completion material was constructed to help you translate the vocabulary that is used by different disciplines into a common vocabulary. Start with the illustrations and discover what words and definitions each user group associates with that illustration; map these into the What Is A Completion Standard. As you do this, your user groups will develop an understanding and appreciation of the different needs that others have; this facilitates better cooperation and collaboration.

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What is a Completion?

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