December 2022 - SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Simon J. Sparke

When:  Dec 14, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Lloydminster Section

‘Well integrity in the Operate phase of the well lifecycle –

our roll as crime scene detectives'

Simon J. Sparke

International Well Integrity Ltd.


My takeaway ONE idea - ''Having a well Well integrity problem is not a sin, but doing nothing about it is!''.

Globally, there are over two millions wells, and it is well documented that at least 40% have mechanical problems that require risk assessment and mitigation. Many of these wells are old and close to de-commissioning but day to day management remains a key issue.

This dynamic presentation shows and documents how over time, key industry events have impacted the well construction and management process of our well stock. Changes are partly driven by regulations in one part of the world and utilized by other regions as best practices. Technical advances in engineering and sciences also create change by providing greater access to well data and well operational status. Finally, software such as Well Integrity Management Systems (WIMS) has brought about an awareness of the wells status and how it can be better managed particularly as part of the ageing process.

Well integrity is an exciting discipline that embraces a wide range of subjects and skills. Like crime scene investigation, the evidence is provided - it’s a case of reviewing and understanding the data, that ultimately leads you and the team to making a decision on the best way to manage your well(s)


Simon began his career in 1978 working for Schlumberger in the Middle East. Over the next 25 years he worked globally for a variety of service providers and Operators in various field and office based roles both onshore and offshore as an Operations Engineer.

Gaining a masters degree in 2005 he moved into Operations Management for a major independent operator and built his first well integrity management system, publishing SPE MS-142449,  'Seven Pillars of Well Integrity' which identified, which established the key seven system ingredients for well integrity,

Considerable experience and knowledge was gained as a co-author of ISO Well Integrity Standard 16530-1. Now, as an independent contractor, he authors key operations related documents for a wide range of clients,  building well integrity management systems and providing training schools in many countries and languages for all types of wells.


Simon is an active member of the SPE, and is working on various committees to promote well integrity awareness on a global basis.

Event details:
This is scheduled to be an online event, the SPE Distinguished Lecturer will be providing his presentation remotely. This event is being held in collaboration with the four other SPE Sections.

-Event will be free for both SPE members and Non-SPE members.
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