Module 3 - An Overview of Plug-and-Perf Completion Systems
W. Aaron Burton’s career has been focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. In 2015, Burton started Unconventional Oil and Gas Training (UOGT), a company specializing in training and consulting for unconventional multistage completions. UOGT provides in-house and video-on-demand training courses, and performs projects including market studies, due diligence, reports on specific tool segments, and other projects.
Prior to starting the company, he was with Baker Hughes for nearly 8 years. During his tenure in operations he held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and application engineer. Outside of operations he has been product line strategist, completions manager for the Unconventional Resource Team, and product line manager for unconventional multistage completions. He has completed wells, conducted training, and consulted on a variety of projects worldwide. Through his experience, he has developed an understanding of reservoir properties and stimulation design that are used in a data-driven approach to more effectively design completions in unconventional wells.
He is active author and instructor in the industry, authoring a chapter for an award-winning textbook on unconventional reservoirs, and teaching SPE continuing education courses. He has written a variety of other documents including SPE papers, magazine articles and newsletters, and taught numerous classes to many different audiences and organizations. Also, he has been a discussion leader, presenter, panelist, and participated in many other roles in industry events.
Burton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.
StartDeploying the plug and perforations (1:13)
StartPlug Modifications for Optimized Pump Down (1:43)
StartTypes of Frac Plugs - Ball-Isolated vs. Self-Isolated (0:39)
StartPlug Type Comparison, Scenario 1 - Ops go as Planned (1:58)
StartPlug Type Comparison, Scenario 2 - Perf Guns Don't Fire (2:10)
StartPlug Type Comparison, Scenario 3 - Screenout (0:49)
StartBall-in-Place Technique (1:01)