The purpose of this course is to refresh the
importance of well development as an integral part
of the drilling process which can add significantly to
the specific capacity of the finished well. In water
poor areas of the U.S., well development takes on
greater importance because any activity that can
measurably increase a wells specific capacity must
be undertaken by all means possible. In these water
poor areas the role of development in maximizing
specific capacity is paramount, while in water rich
areas the role of development in insuring sand free
flows becomes the primary goal.
Drillers who have specialized their drilling in a
specific formation area become expert at knowing
the most effective and efficient (i.e. the best use of
time and equipment) to develop the wells in their
area. Some drillers have little experience with screen
well development; other drillers have extensive
experience in this area.
The material to follow is broad in scope in that it
surveys well development practices used in the
United States in certain formation areas. All the
processes described have proven their worth in
some formations with some well types.