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Practical Stuck Pipe Prevention and Recovery

Event Type
Aimed at
Drill the Well on a Simulator Workshop
3 days

Rig Well Delivery Teams

  • Operator Drilling Supervisors and Drilling Engineers

  • Drilling Contractor TPs, Drillers and ADs

  • Mud Loggers,  Mud Engineers, Directional Drillers

Fishing Company Personnel

Graduate Well Engineers( as part of Accelerated Rig Experience)

This workshop delivers a scenario-based and practical review of stuck pipe, practices that can employed to prevent its occurrence and processes that can be deployed to recover from it.

Particular focus is given to the identification of hole conditions that can lead to stuck pipe, including warning signs and to the early  implementation of first actions and remedial procedures.  Using simple decision trees,  The intent is to empower the Driller to take immediate and effective action to recover from the early signs of stuck pipe.

Significant use is made throughout the workshop of your well geometry and geology, drillstring, BHA and jars modelled on a Drilling Systems simulator.

Planning for stuck pipe will examine drillstring design and jar placement theory and practise.   Teams will identify and select jarring parameter that can be pre-planned and selected including drillstring margins of overpull and compression limits, jar operating envelopes and hookloads required to cock and fire the jar up and down.

Participants will review stuck pipe problems and their huge impact on the economics and feasibility of drilling projects.  


Participants will learn the identification of the stuck pipe mechanisms and the recommended first actions using the tools available, illustrated with group exercises on the drilling simulator. 


Both Hole Cleaning Practices for low and high angle wells, and wellbore stability problems, will be complemented with group exercises, discussions and case history.


Participants will learn additional practices for making connections, tripping procedures, reaming and back reaming operations as well as selection, installation, and operation of the Drilling Jar.  Secondary recovery processes such as stuck point tools, back off and recovery and fishing string configurations will also be addressed.

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