E-Learning Course 3: Best Drilling Practices

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Welcome to IDEAS E-Learning 

There are many advantages to E-Learning! Key among them are :-

  • You can study in your own time and at your own pace;
  • You can repeat sections time and again until you understand things clearly;
  • There are no travel or hotel costs involved;
  • If you work offshore you do not have to go to training courses in your time off.

Please note that inter-action with the tutor is still possible, just as it is in class, through individual calls via Skype for example or e-mail / social media sites.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to help people to understand those actions which constitute Best Drilling Practices on-board the rig.  Although of course essentially rig-based, nonetheless the rig has to be well placed from a Drilling Program perspective and Training perspective in order for Best Drilling Practices to be achieved offshore.

The information contained within this course references SPE / IADC data, Best Practices Forums data and General Good Industry Practice.  It also gives delegates further sources of information to pursue should they have a particular, more detailed interest.

SECTION 1: REAMING & BACK-REAMING

In Section 1 we look at the following :-

  • Planning
  • Organisation
  • Parameters
  • General Operations

SECTION 2: TRIPPING IN DEVIATED HOLE

In Section 2 we look at the following :-

  • Planning
  • Parameters
  • General Operations

SECTION 3: HOLE CLEANING

Generally, Hole Cleaning is one of the commonest reasons for poor ROP (Rate of Penetration), Stuck Pipe and a variety of problems downhole.  Thus, in this section, we spend quite some time on the following :-

  • Cuttings Transportation
  • Mud Rheology
  • Flow Rate
  • Hole Geometry
  • Mud Weight
  • Cuttings Properties
  • ROP
  • Drillstring Rotation
  • Rig-site Parameter Monitoring
  • What the Shale Shakers Tell Us
  • What Cavings Tell Us
  • Hole Cleaning in Vertical / Near Vertical Wells
  • Hole Cleaning in Deviated / Horizontal Wells
  • Use of Hole Cleaning Charts

SECTION 4: MAKING CONNECTIONS

In this section we spend considerable time on :-

  • Best Practices & Procedures

SECTION 5: MWD SURVEYS

In this section we spend considerable time on :-

  • Best Practices & Procedures

SECTION 6: DRILLING PARAMETER TRENDS

Here we go through what changes in various parameters could mean, and how to interpret them, such as :-

  • Torque, Drag, Over-pull, Standpipe Pressure, Changes in Cuttings Volume, Changes in ECD (Equivalent Circulating Density) etc.

SECTION 7: RUNNING CASING & LINERS

Successful Drilling isn’t just about drilling to Section T.D. We also need to case-off the drilled hole with casing / liner. In this section we look at :-

  • Best Practices & Procedures

SECTION 8: LOGGING

We need to drill a hole which allows for the passage of logging tools to Section T.D. as well as their successful recovery.  Here we look at :-

  • Best Practices & Procedures – Including Safety with Regard to Explosives
  • Mud Conditioning
  • Solids Control
  • Differential Sticking Risk Mitigation

SECTION 9: CORING

Once we have reached Top Reservoir, many Operators choose to core for the vital data / information which core can deliver.  Here we look at :-

  • Surge & Swab Mitigation
  • Anti-Jamming
  • Best Practices & Procedures

SECTION 10: LOST CIRCULATION

Lost circulation typically means problems, apart from high mud bills / costs. Here we look at:-

  • Prevention
  • What Should Be Done if Lost Circulation occurs
  • Lost Circulation & Stuck Pipe Prevention
  • Lost Circulation & Well Control

SECTION 11: PREVENTING DRILL STRING FAILURES

Drillstring Failures cost $millions particularly if the fish cannot be recovered and the well has to be side-tracked. Here we look at :-

  • Care of Tubulars & Inspection
  • BHA Connection Fatigue Prevention
  • Drill pipe Fatigue Prevention

SECTION 12: SECONDARY FREEING PROCEDURES

Stuck Pipe Prevention and How to Get Free (Primary Actions) is covered in a separate E-Learning Package. Secondary Freeing Procedures are covered here, namely :-

  • Pipe Release Agents; Procedure for spotting pills
  • Acid
  • Fresh Water Pills
  • Assistant Drillers / Drillers / Toolpushers (especially Performance Toolpushers who are involved with “Turn-key” or “Performance” contracts) & Rig Managers;
  • Offshore Drilling Engineers;
  • Drilling Supervisors;
  • Service personnel who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Best Drilling Practices (e.g. Mud Engineers, Directional Drillers);
  • Delegates who are in another industry or full-time education who envisage joining the Drilling Industry.

Thank you for showing interest in our courses!

Currently, this course is not available for online registration. Please fill up your contact details and we will inform you when the course is available for registration.