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Drilling School Overview

Basic or Introductory Level Drilling

Intermediate and Advanced Drilling 

Other Drilling and Completion Planning and 
Pre-Spud or Pre-Completion Workshops

Value Improvement Planning (VIP)

Training to Reduce Unscheduled Events

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Basic or Introductory Drilling

Who Should Attend

Geologists, geophysicists, petroleum and production engineers, managers, technical supervisors,
service and support personnel, and entry level drilling staff

You Will Learn
bulletThe fundamentals of drilling technology for surface and downhole operations
bulletHow drilling practices affect evaluation and well productivity
bulletCommon ways rig site operations are managed
bulletKeys to drilling productivity
bulletDrilling vocabulary and how to communicate with drilling personnel

About the Course

Time is money. Drilling time is big money. Technical and managerial decision makers must grasp the
language and technology of drilling operations in order to minimize expenditures throughout the producing life of a well.

Successful drilling requires blending many technologies. Drilling equipment and procedures have a unique language that must be conquered for maximum benefit. Clear understandable explanations of drilling rig equipment, procedures and their complex interactions provide an excellent basis to organize cross-trained team efforts. Activities around the rig and well planning are de-mystified. Subtle and blatant common errors are accentuated to enhance this understanding.

Course Content
bulletThe Overall Drilling Process
bulletThe Language of Drillers: Understanding their terminology
bulletRig Equipment: Rig types, drill bits, MWD, drill strings, solids management, well control, tank
bulletRig Operations: Drilling fluids, cementing, casing design
bulletUnderstanding Morning Reports
bulletHole Problems: Stuck pipe, lost returns, carrying capacity
bulletMWD and Directional Drilling
bulletPhilosophies of Drilling Operations
bulletDrilling Trends and New Technology

Intermediate and Advanced Drilling

Who Should Attend
bulletDrilling engineers, supervisors, managers, toolpushers, and technical managers

You Will Learn
bulletAn ideal mix of theory, calculations, and practical experience to gain the background and confidence to effectively solve operational problems, including:
bulletDrilling optimization and good well planning
bulletHow to avoid trouble and costly mistakes
bulletHow to recognize symptoms that precede drilling problems
bulletHow to eliminate "non-drilling" time from events that stop drilling

About the Course

Unscheduled events sabotage many drilling budgets. Learn to recognize the signals when "the well is
talking to you" before downtime events occur. When these unscheduled events do occur, know what
immediate steps should be taken to minimize their economic effect.

A successful drilling operation requires knowledge of many factors other than increasing penetration rates.  A thorough understanding of the drilling process and theory, highlighted with calculations and practical experiences will give you the tools to minimize drilling costs. Successful participants will be able to decrease non-productive drilling time.

Course Content

bulletPore Pressure Determination
bulletWell Control Procedures: Mudlogger, killing well, barite plugs
bulletHole Cleaning
bulletDrilling Fluid: Polymers, biocide, water-base, oil-base
bulletPressure Integrity Tests
bulletHydraulic Optimization (Onsite)
bulletHole Problems: Ballooning, hole stability, pipe sticking, dog legs, lost returns
bulletOperational Guidelines
bulletOperational Problems
bulletDrilling Trends and New Technology

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