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Drilling Practices (DRI33)


    This ideal professional development course is designed for everyone who is involved with the creation or use of well drilling programs.
    The entire drilling cycle from pre-planning and offset well analysis to post drilling performance review is covered, with the focus on developing an understanding of each element of the well construction process.
    At its heart this course is about using the best industry practices to deliver continuous performance improvement on any drilling project.

    Course Level: Skill
    Instructor: Kevin Gray

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • Developing your drilling industry understanding to support your CPD goals
    • Someone involved with creating or using a drilling program, both office based and rig based
    • A geoscientist or reservoir engineer looking to get better value from your interactions with the drilling team
    • A drilling supervisor, drilling engineer, tool pusher, managers or vendor specialist

    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 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
    • Creation of a drilling program from first principles

    The benefits from attending

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

    • How each step of the well design process is executed and what the key areas that affect performance are at every stage of planning, execution and review
    • How to effectively perform an offset well review and present the data as a performance and risk register and how to use this to optimise the construction of the planned well
    • Budgeting for the well and how the AFE costing are created for each well. In addition you will understand the risks of ‘over generous’ AFEs
    • The importance of early engagement of 3rd party specialists, what these disciplines are and how to ensure that they receive the quality of data they require to create meaningful input to the drilling program
    • ISCWSA, target sizing and anti-collision rules, planning and monitoring of compliance of execution as the well is drilled
    • How the drilling fluids program is created and how to ensure that it addresses the design requirements of the project
    • Well hydraulic design and the need to balance all the requirements of a complex well geometry with the specific demands created by individual tools and equipment in the drill string
    • Casing and fluid density design, the importance of using collapse gradient in planning
    • Planning for long term well integrity


    • Offset well review, the risk register
    • Geomechanics input to well design
    • The completion design as key driver for overall well construction requirements
    • Initial feasibility study
    • The directional well path design, target sizing and anti-collision
    • Casing design and the fluids and cementing design
    • Torque and drag analysis
    • Modern bit selection techniques
    • Designing drill string and BHA for optimal performance
    • Costing and the AFE generation
    • The optimisation of the drilling operation, NPT, ILT and planning to avoid catastrophic events
    • Post well data analysis, benchmarking performance




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