Well Engineering and Drilling

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Oil & gas wells are often extremely expensive (and often carry high risk) especially if they are long-reach / horizontal / multi-lateral and therefore they must reach their objectives without cost over-run or incident (such as worn or corroded casing, excessive lost circulation or an underground blowout for example).

In order to drill wells successfully many aspects of engineering must be assessed, such as wellheads, drill bits and drilling assemblies, casing properties, drilling fluids, cementation, drilling equipment in general, the rig and its crew, the well’s objectives etc. which will differ between the exploration, appraisal and development phases.

This course covers those engineering aspects in detail which will maximise the success of the drilling phase of the well to be drilled.

To maximise learning, a wide range of Case Histories are also presented with delegates being given the opportunity as teams to design their own well.  Presentation material is through the use of Manuals, PowerPoints, Case Histories, videos and digital film.

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Intermediate

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This course covers the following topics:

  • Basic Reservoir Description & Considerations
  • Geology & Geophysics Considerations
  • The Drilling Rig’s Position with respect to the Target
  • The Ideal Well Design Process
  • Wellheads
  • Bits & Bottom Hole Assemblies
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Casing Considerations & “Stresscheck”
  • Casing Loadings (A Casing Design will be presented)
  • Cementing
  • Directional Drilling (including Horizontal Drilling & Multi-laterals)
  • Coring
  • Well Logging
  • Outline Testing & Completion Considerations
  • Case Histories
  • Well Design Teamwork Exercise


  • Personnel who are involved with Well Design / Planning / Drilling Programme Writing & Programme Sign-off e.g. Drilling Engineers / Senior Drilling Engineers / Drilling Superintendents
  • Service Company Personnel / Well Reviewers / Examiners

 Prerequisite: Some previous planning knowledge (e.g. Technical Assistant).

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