E-Learning Course 4: Introduction to Stuck Pipe Prevention

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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 how to prevent the Drillstring from becoming stuck downhole whilst Drilling & Tripping.  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.


In Section 1 we look at the following:-

  • Unconsolidated Formations
  • Mobile Formations
  • Fractured & Faulted Formations
  • Naturally Over-pressured Shale Collapse
  • Induced Over-pressured Shale Collapse
  • Reactive Formations
  • Hole Cleaning
  • Tectonically Stressed Formations
  • The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck

Section 2: Differential Sticking

In Section 2 we look at the following:-

  • Pressure
  • Pressure-Time Effect
  • Permeability Effect
  • Filter-Cake
  • BHA Design
  • Drillstring Movement
  • The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck

Section 3: Mechanical &Wellbore Geometry Sticking

In Section 3 we look at the following:-

• Key-seating
• Shoe Joint Backs-off
• Under-gauge Hole
• Ledges
• Dog-legs
• Micro Dog-legs
• Collapsed Casing
• Green Cement
• Junk
• Cement Blocks
• The Driller’s First Actions on Becoming Stuck

Section 4: Hole Cleaning

In Section 4 we look at the following:-

• General Factors Affecting Hole Cleaning
• Rig-Site Monitoring
• What the Shale Shakers Tell You
• What Cavings Tell You
• Hole Cleaning in Vertical / Near Vertical Wells
• Hole Cleaning in High Angle / Horizontal / Extended Reach Wells

Section 5: Preventing Stuck Pipe During Routine Operations

In Section 5 we look at the following:-

• Reaming & Back-Reaming
• Tripping
• Connections
• MWD Surveying
• Drilling Parameter Trends
• Running Casing & Liners
• Logging
• Well Control
• Lost Circulation

Section 6: Jars & Accelerators

In Section 6 we look at the following:-

• Types of Jars
• How Mechanical Jars Work
• How Hydraulic Jars Work
• Forces Required to Fire Jars
• Handling
• Accelerators
• Jar & Accelerator Positioning


  • 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 Stuck Pipe Prevention (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.