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Virtual Course Overview:

PC-PUMP® has been the industry standard for PCP design since its release in 1993. This course will cover the fundamentals to effectively use the PC-PUMP software to optimize both the production and run-life performance of your PCP systems.  Basic PCP theory will be introduced at the start of each session to lay a foundation for learning how to design and optimize your PCP system using the industry’s standard software, PC-PUMP. This course will focus on:

  • Introduction to key PCP system components and operational theory;
  • Design and optimization of downhole PCP systems for different challenges using PC-PUMP, including gassy, high solids, and horizontal/deviated wells for CSG applications; and
  • Interpretation and understanding of analysis results from PC-PUMP to allow for quick optimization of PCP system designs



Day 1
Theory: Background Summary, Overview of PC Pumps
Software Training: Overview of Software Structure/Layout, Vertical Well Example Problems

Day 2
Theory: Pump and Rod Selection/Design Considerations, Rod Fatigue and Tubing Wear Mitigation
Software Training: Pump Variable Efficiency, Deviated Wells, Deviated Well Example Problems

Day 3
Theory: Surface Equipment Selection/Design Considerations, Solids Production Considerations
Software Training: Backspin Evaluation Example Problems, Solids Challenges Example Problems

Day 4
Theory: Multiphase Fluid Production Considerations
Software Training: Vertical and Deviated Well Multiphase Flow Example Problems


About the Presenter:

John Sheldon is the Manager of the Software Products and Training department at C-FER Technologies since 2018. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a masters degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta.

In over 13 years at C-FER, John has developed his expertise in downhole progressing cavity pump (PCP) systems, electric submersible pump (ESP) systems and equipment reliability analysis. John has written numerous papers on these topics and is a known subject matter expert in the PCP industry. He has taught C-FER’s PCP System Design and Performance Optimization course and Artificial Lift Reliability Theory and data course for over 5 years.