This paper describes Statoil's sand prediction methodology. The methodology includes a set of procedures and tools put together in a system that allows for efficient prediction. The core element is a menu-based Finite Element (FE) simulator utilizing Internet technology. The menu allows the user to define the problem and start an advanced sand prediction simulation with a minimum of effort and computer skill. The simulation itself is based on flexible, predefined Finite Element models with built-in quality control. The philosophy is to offer a computerized system that also makes state-of-the-art sand prediction possible for those not familiar with highly specialized software. The system also provides more or less standardized routines for characterizing the mechanical properties of the formation and for determining the rock stress state. The flexibility and simplicity of the system make it a powerful tool in optimizing completion design.

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