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Drilling Engineering for Other Disciplines (DRI32)


    This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of oil and gas well drilling, looking to build a solid foundation level knowledge of the practices, drilling equipment as well as the roles and responsibilities of the people who work directly and indirectly in the drilling of a well.
    As no prior knowledge is assumed for this course, each concept is introduced in simple terms and then built upon to allow a comprehensive overview of the subject to be developed.
    The course will carefully build the connections between all the independent disciplines that contribute to a drilling project and will show how these interactions impact on the drilling process; how the drilling process fits into the life cycle of exploration, appraisal, development and eventual abandonment of an oilfield.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Instructor: Kevin Gray

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • New to the drilling industry or want an understanding of the industry before you join
    • A geoscientist or reservoir engineer looking to get better value from your interactions with the drilling team
    • Someone who has a financial or logistics role associated with the drilling industry
    • Working for a supplier to the drilling industry or are involved in sales to the drilling industry
    • At any level of academic achievement but with an interest in drilling

    How we build your confidence

    • Practical demonstrations of all the key principles using models and simulations in the classroom
    • Mixed instructor-led delivery of theoretical content with a blend of PowerPoint overview, whiteboard explanations of detail and class interactive exercises
    • A narrative that runs through the course where each topic is inter-related and built on the previous learnings
    • Extensive allowance for class-led questioning within the course delivery

    For in-house courses a half day drilling rig visit may form part of the learning process.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • How to communicate easily with people involved in drilling and to understand the acronyms and jargon that drillers use in everyday operations
    • How your role or your service fits into the drilling process
    • A high level overview of the entire drilling process
    • The equipment used during the drilling process and its sequence of use
    • How wells are kept safe, and how we protect people and the environment whilst drilling


    • The drilling team (who does what?) in the planning, mobilisation and drilling of a well
    • The equipment used to drill a well, the rotary drilling rig itself and the specialist tools that are needed to steer the well, survey its position and inform us of the rocks that have been drilled
    • The process of designing a well and deciding how it will be made safe during the drilling process and then kept safe once drilling is completed and production begins. The process of casing and cementing the well, why and how we do this
    • Geology, the actual rock itself as well as the pore pressure and fracture gradient, what these are and how they affect the most fundamental aspects of how we design and drill a well
    • The drilling fluid, also known as mud, what this specialised highly engineered liquid does in the well and how we choose the properties it needs to be effective
    • Drill bits, how these cutting tools have to be selected to match the geology that they are to drill and how making the wrong choice could have a huge impact on the cost of drilling a well
    • How we keep the reservoir oil and gas (as well as other fluids/gasses) in the rock while we drill the well, but how we release them when we want to produce them
    • How and why things go wrong when drilling: the well collapsing, the drilling equipment getting stuck, the drilling equipment breaking, the rig not being capable to drill the well
    • How we can direct the well and steer its path under the ground so that we can reach distant areas of the reservoir and produce the lowest cost oil and gas




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