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powerDRAW is the premiere well schematic drawing program for the oil & gas Industry. It is the most complete, corporate-wide, downhole schematic drawing solution available on the market today. Designed with engineers, salespeople, field operators, and office staff in mind, powerDRAW.net is the total drawing solution for your entire company. Whether for proposals or well records, powerDRAW.net enables everyone involved in well schematics to be on the same page.

With the powerDRAW add-on application, Microsoft Visio is transformed into a powerful drawing tool that allows users to create the highest quality detailed well schematics available. While providing a professional representation of your company, powerDRAW’s automation and intelligence saves you time, and money.

Relying on programs that add-on to spreadsheets is problematic as they are not drawing programs. AutoCAD is expensive and hard to use for sales and field staff. powerDRAW allows all users to quickly and easily create either traditional vertical or advanced horizontal wellbore schematics.

Create a Basic Well Completion Diagram


In this tutorial, while creating a typical well completion diagram, you will learn how to:

  • Begin diagram with a powerDRAW.net template.
  • Plan and setup your drawing.
  • Enter customer information.
  • Entering the tubular data.
  • Add casing.
  • Add tools.
  • Work with tool text descriptors.
  • Save and print diagrams.

An example of a typical single string well completion diagram.

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Open Template

When you begin a powerDRAW.net diagram with a template, you will need to choose three things:

  • Style of page layout: Standard or Blank.
  • Page size and orientation.
  • Select metric or imperial units for drawing. (Very important!)

To open a template

  1. Click the New Drawing button from the powerDRAW.net toolbar.
  2. Choose: 1 - Standard.vst from the template list.
  3. Set the page size to Letter and select Portrait.
  4. Set the page units to Metric, then click Open.

How page units work

  • Page Units automatically append the unit suffix to icon Depth tag and to data in the Tubular table.
  • Changing the Page Units after entering data into the Tubular table will reset the table to the default values! You will want to set the units before entering tubular data.

You must select three items from the New Drawing dialog before continuing:

  1. Select template - Chooses the type of diagram to create.
  2. Select page size - Automatically modify the layout to fit the page size.
  3. Select units - Choose between Metric or Standard (US) units.

From here, you can optionally also save your choices as the preferences for next time.

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Planning Your Drawing

After the template opens, you can still change the page settings that you set previously in the New Drawing dialog, but as your diagram progresses, these items will be more difficult to change. Some things to consider when setting your page settings are:

  • More complex completion diagrams with longer tool strings might fit better onto Legal paper.
  • A really long completion diagram may also be split between several pages.
  • Lateral completions with horizontal strings can be done on a Portrait page layout, but may fit better on landscape paper.
  • If you need to compare different completion strings, the Blank template, which allows multiple strings on one page, may be better suited for this.

How to set page settings

To set the page size after opening a template, on the File menu, point to Page Setup, and then click.

To set the page units after opening a template, right-click anywhere on the page background and select the units.

Decide your layout early

Deciding your page size and layout early is good practice.

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Initial Page Setup

For this tutorial, we are using the Standard template.

List of templates

  • The Standard template provides space for one vertical tool string to the left of the page and can optionally have room for one or two lateral strings at the bottom of the page. It also provides text blocks for Customer Info, Tubular Data and Tool Descriptions.
  • The Blank template provides space for several side-by-side strings, with the logo at the top of the page.

After opening a new template, you will want to set the page title, which can be toggled between: Proposed Well Completion and Final Installation Report.

For this tutorial, we are using: Proposed Well Completion.

Set page title

  • To toggle the page title, double-click anywhere on the title text.
  • Also note, that setting the title to Final Installation Report provides extra columns in the Description Table for I.D., O.D. and Length.

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The Standard template consists of:

  1. Page title — Double-click to toggle.
  2. Customer Info — Double-click anywhere to edit customer details.
  3. Tubular Data — Double-click each row to edit data.
  4. Tool description table — Right-click a tool icon and select Insert Product Details.
  5. Page Notes — Double-click to edit data.
  6. Disclaimer text — Click and drag to resize Tool description table to make room for lateral strings.
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Enter Customer Information

The Standard template provides text blocks for Customer data. The Customer information table can optionally be fully customized, but typically includes information such as:

  • Company name.
  • Customer contact name.
  • Sales Representative.
  • Well location.
  • Vendor service centre.

Enter Customer information

  • Double-click anywhere on the Customer info table to access the data entry form.
  • For this tutorial, enter any sample data you may want.

Data entry form for Customer information.

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Enter Tubular Data

The Standard template also provides text blocks for the Tubular data. You can select the number of casing, tubing and liner strings in the completion, and then enter the technical specifications for each string.

Set the number of rows of tubular data

  • Double-click directly on the header row of the Tubular data table.
  • Then select the number of rows required for each type of string.
  • Note: Only the number of Liner rows can be set to zero.

For each row of data, enter values for Size, Weight, Grade, Thread and Depth.

How to Enter tubular data.

  • Double-click directly on the row you want to edit.
  • Enter the data for each field and click OK.

Data entry form for Tubular data.

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Add Casing

Casing provides structure to a completion diagram and is typically added to a diagram first. Once the casing has been laid out, most other tool icons will be placed on top of it.

Stacking order

  • powerDRAW.net works similar to most vector drawing programs in that, the most recently placed items are placed at the top of the Stacking Order, and thus, appear on top of any previous item.
  • To change the stacking order of an object, click the Shape menu, then click the Order item, then select either Bring to Front, or Send to Back.

Drag a Casing shape to the diagram

  1. From the Casing stencil in the Shapes window, drag a Vertical Casing icon onto the drawing page and place it near the top-left corner of the page.
  2. When you release the mouse button, you will immediately see the Custom Properties form for the icon.

The powerDRAW.net grid

When you drag a powerDRAW.net icon onto the drawing page, it will automatically snap to an invisible grid spaced at 1.5" intervals accross the page. This allows you to quickly align the shape to your tool string. This grid applies to both vertical and horizontal layouts.

You can override the grid by right-clicking an icon and selecting Free Move.

Drag a shape onto the drawing page

As you drag an icon to the page, it will momentarily appear as a line. The shape then appears as you release the mouse button.

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Enter Icon Custom Properties

The Custom Properties form allows you to configure the tool as required.

Set the tool properties

How to set the basic properties.

Set the properties common to all tool icons:

  1. Enter an Item number.
  2. Enter a Depth for this tool.
  3. Edit the Product details text.
  4. Set Color or BW to: 1 - Color.

The item number and product details will be used later in the Product Details table.

How to: Set the Advanced properties.

For this tutorial, set the following tool specific options:

  1. Set the Casing Size to: 1 - Intermediate.
  2. Set the Casing Shoe to: 2 - with Casing Shoe.

The Advanced properties vary from tool to tool, but they all increase the flexibility of the icon.

The Icon Version used for?

Each powerDRAW.net icon inludes a Read-only property called the Icon Version. This number can be used to ensure that you have the latest version of this icon with all the latest features.

New icons are distributed through Feature Packs.

Custom properties form for Vertical Casing.

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Add Surface Casing

From the Casing stencil in the Shapes window, now drag a Surface Casing icon onto the drawing page and place it near the top-left corner of the page.

For this tutorial, we need to set only the first two properties:

Set the tool properties

  1. Enter an Item number of 2.
  2. Enter a Depth of 481.1 and click OK.

How to: Nudge a shape.

There are many ways to position a tool icon correctly. One of the easiest and quickest is to drop the tool icon approximately where you want it on the drawing page, and then to nudge it up or down into position using the cursor keys:

  1. To move a shape up slightly, tap the Up key.
  2. To move a shape down slightly, tap the Down key.

Surface Casing after being placed onto page

The powerDRAW.net tool icons are designed to work seamlessly together to quickly build a tool string diagram.

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Add Tools

Once the casing has been positioned, you can now place the tools, using the casing as a guide. It is usually easiest to start from the bottom and work your way up, but powerDRAW.net allows you to start from either the top or bottom.

Building the tool string

Using the following steps, you can quickly place, position and then polish the tool string:

  • Place: Add all the tools, only positioning them approximately in the string, resizing tools as required using the yellow control handles.
  • Position: Snap the tools to align them with each other.
  • Polish: Tools can be resized or reset at any time, so if you don't get it quite right the first time, remember, you can tweak your diagram as you go.

Single string well completion diagram

The flexibility of powerDRAW.net allows you to establish your own workflow to suite your own drawing style.

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Place and Resize Tools

For this tutorial, start from the bottom and place the following tools onto the drawing page:

How to place shapes

  1. From the Tubular Accessories stencil in the Shapes window, drag a Wireline Re-entry Guide icon onto the drawing page. Set the Item Number to: 08, and the Depth to: 4410.1.
  2. From Tubular Accessories, a Tubing icon. Item Number to: 07, Depth to: 4400.1.
  3. From Retrievable Packers, a Mech. Single Grip w/ Hold Downs icon. Item Number to: 06, Depth to: 3983.5.
  4. From Tubular Accessories, a Separation Sub icon. Item Number to: 05, Depth to: 3850.4.
  5. From Tubular Accessories, a Tubing icon. Item Number to: 04, Depth to: 3840.6.
  6. From Tubular Accessories, a Blast Joint (Large OD) icon. Item Number to: 03, Depth to: 2850.5.
  7. From Tubular Accessories, a Tubing with Break icon. Item Number to: 02, Depth to: 2732.7.

How to resize shapes

Some tools include the option to resize them and to reposition specific features.

  • For this tutorial, select the tubing w/ break icon.
  • You should see three yellow control handles, one at the top, the bottom, and one at the break.
  • Click and pull the bottom handle downward to extend the tubing size.

Resizing tools

Many powerDRAW.net tool icons can be resized, adding to their flexibility.

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Position Tools

The powerDRAW.net Snap string feature allows a string of tool icons to be quickly positioned.

Positioning shapes

Using the following steps, you can quickly place, then position tools:

  1. Group select all the tools in the string, excluding the casing.
  2. Click either the Snap Tool String to Bottom, or Snap Tool String to Top button from the powerDRAW.net toolbar.

How to group select tool icons.

You may use any one of three methods to select a group of icons:

  • Drag a rectangle around the icons you wish to select.
  • Click the first icon, then Shift-click on the last icon. All icons in between the first and last will also be selected.
  • Click the first icon, then Control-click each additional icon to add it to the selection.

Snapping a string of tools.

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Polish the Tool String

There are several tips that can be used to fine tune your tool string:

  • Both the Item balloon and the Depth tag can be moved independently of the tool. After selecting the tool, just click once more on either the balloon or tag to select it. Then drag it to its new position.
  • If you click more than once on a tool icon, as above, it is possible to select sub-shapes inside the tool icon. If you do this unintentionally, simply click off the tool and then reselect it.
  • You can not only nudge individual tool icons, but you can nudge several icons at once using the arrow keys.

Repositioning a balloon

Repositioning the Item number.

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Working with Product Detail Text

Each powerDRAW.net tool icon is assigned a Default Product Details text property. This text property can be inserted, along with the Item Number, directly into the Product Description table.

How to insert Product Details

  • Right-click the tool icon and select Insert Product Details.

Tool Description Table

Inserting text into the Product Description table.

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The Product Description Table

After inserting the Product details for each tool in your diagram, you can edit each text line in the Product description table, as well as, change the order of text lines.

How to edit Product Details.

  • Double-click the specific row you want to edit. When you are done editing, you can exit the text-edit mode by hitting the Esc key.
  • Insert Tabs to line-up the text with the next column.
  • You may enter multiple lines in a text row by hitting the Enter key.

How to reorder table, or delete row.

  • Select the row first, then Right-click and select option from menu.

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Right-click the Product Details row to mover or delete row.

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Save and Print Diagrams

Now, that you have finished your well completion diagram, you will learn how to:

  • Save diagrams.
  • Preview and print diagrams.

Print preview of diagram

After you finish your diagram, you can save, preview, and print it.

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Save Diagrams

After you finish a diagram, you can save it the same way you save a file created in any other program.

Save a diagram

How to save a diagram.

  1. On the powerDRAW.net toolbar, click the Save button.
  2. In the File name box, type Sample1, and then click Save.

Saving powerDRAW.net diagrams

  • It important to use the powerDRAW.net toolbar to open and save powerDRAW.net diagrams. This will ensure that they are saved in the proper location. Additionally, powerDRAW.net documents cannot be opened just with Visio alone.
  • All powerDRAW.net files are saved to the folder \powerDRAW Drawings located in your My Documents folder.

Save diagram form

It is highly recommended to save your work often.

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Print Diagrams

Before you print a diagram, you can preview it to ensure it will print correctly. In the Print Preview window, the gray boundary indicates the drawing page margins and edge of the printed page. To adjust page or printer settings, on the File menu, click Page Setup.

Preview and print a diagram

How to print a diagram.

  • On the File menu, click Print Preview. Alternatively, you can click the Print Preview button .
  • On the File menu, click Print.
  • If you only want to print the current drawing page, you can click the Print Page button instead.
  • In the Print dialog box, click OK.
  • To exit print preview, on the toolbar, click Close.

Printing powerDRAW.net diagrams.

  • The Auto-layout feature of the powerDRAW.net templates supports only the page sizes: Letter, Legal, and A4, as these are the most commonly used sizes for well completions.
  • If the target printer is black & white, then the print preview will also be black & white.
  • powerDRAW.net supports printing to PDF through Adobe Acrobat Distiller, only.

Print preview of diagram

After you finish your diagram, you can save, preview, and print it.

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Congratulations! You've created a basic well completion diagram and completed the tutorial.

  • Begin diagram with a powerDRAW.net template.
  • Plan and setup your drawing.
  • Enter customer information.
  • Entering the tubular data.
  • Add casing.
  • Add tools.
  • Work with tool text descriptors.
  • Save and print diagrams.

Single string well completion diagram

The skills you learned will allow you to create well completion diagrams.

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