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Program Objectives:

  1. To explain the drilling equipment: Drilling rigs and rig floor equipment, casing, BOPs, bits.
  2. To know the Structure of various Mud Pumps at rig site and their functions.
  3. To relate the following basic concepts (Rock types, fracture gradients, formation pressures, wellbore instability, leak testing, kicks, and kick tolerance.) to know well site operations requirements and main roles and responsibilities of all personnel at rig site as team work (Company man, Tool pusher, driller, drilling crew, electrician, mechanic, medic, campboss, catering crew, service companies on board, etc.)
  4. To provide a comprehensive understanding of drilling fluids and instruction on the engineering of a mud system, including both water and oil-based mud systems.
  5. To understand the definition of pore pressure, fracture gradient and the meaning of formation damage
  6. To know the definition of “Mud Logging” and the scope of services to support drilling and formation evaluation processes. To know the concept and principles of mud logging services as surface measurements, what are the measured parameters including drilling and reservoir (Rocks and fluids)
  7. To provide comprehensive understanding of Wireline and LWD sensors and measurements (directional, resistivity, nuclear, acoustic, pressure…) and its applications for directional drilling, geosteering, formation evaluation and predictive pressure.
  8. To know what are the critical Well Parameters to be monitored and list them. Know their Physical meaning and implications in the drilling process.
  9. To acquire the basic knowledge to design a casing and cementing program, methods, equipment and basic commercial analysis.
  10. To provide the necessary elements and selection criteria to be able to choose the completion equipment for flowing wells and to know how to run them.
  11. To cover basic well control management techniques using the IADC guidelines, including specific “Kill” methods.

Training Methodology:

This course will be conducted along with formal lectures and interactive worked examples. Each learning point will be reinforced with practical examples and case studies. There will be active discussion and video presentations. The sharing professional experiences and exchange will help solidify the gained knowledge. All training course materials will be provided.

Program Audience

Drilling engineer, drilling supervisor, drilling manager, production manager, petroleum engineer, reservoir engineer, geologist, production engineer, completion and workover engineers, mud engineers, geologist, and drilling contractures.

Course Outlines:


Drilling Rigs (Components, Functions), Well Architecture, Drilling principles and equipment.

  • Major components of drilling rig
  • Composition of drilling rig
  • General information on derrick and mast
  • Blocks and hook
  • Derricks and portable masts
  • Telescopic mast
  • Rig power requirement.
  • Rotary& Hoisting equipment
  • Wire ropes
  • Drawworks operation
  • Derrick equipment
  • Pipe handling equipment
  • Practicals – well architecture Practicals – example rig sizing calculations pump, drawworks, power needs.




Mud Pumps, Types, functions and capabilities.

  • Single acting pump
  • Double acting pump
  • Application in drilling
  • Valves and seats
  • Operating limits
  • Pulsation dampener
  • Booster pumps
  • Low pressure centrifugal pumps
  • Pump size and selection

Well Site Operations:

“Drilling, Tripping, Logging, Directional Drilling, Surveying, LWD, MDW, Coring, Fishing, Casing, Cementing, Completion and Workover, Well Testing.

  • Well site operations
  • Drilling
  • Tripping
  • Logging
  • Directional drilling
  • Surveying
  • LWD, MWD
  • Coring
  • Fishing
  • Cementing
  • Completion and workover
  • Well testing
  • Responsibilities of all personnel at rig site as teamwork (Company man, Tool pusher, driller, drilling crew, electrician, mechanic, medic, camp boss, catering crew, service companies on board.




Drilling Fluids Functions, types and Properties. Shale inhibition, Waste treatment and troubleshooting (Losses, Hole cleaning etc).

  • Drilling Fluids
  • Purpose
  • Functions
  • Water based Drilling Fluids
  • Oil based Drilling Fluids
  • Solids control equipment for drilling fluids
  • Operations
  • Use
  • Performance measurement
  • What’s waste management?




Pore Pressure & Fracture Gradient Estimation While Drilling. Basics on Pore pressure and fracture gradients related to drilling hazards.


Pore Pressure Evaluation Techniques

  • Introduction


Geo-physical & other surface methods

  • Seismic Data
  • Gravity Data
  • Magnetic Data


Drilling Parameters

  • Mud density / gas relationship
  • Gas –cut mud
  • Cutting character
  • Hole behavior


Drilling Exponents

  • D- exponent


Second Generation exponents 

  • Shale density
  • Shale factor
  • Temperature
  • Mud resistivity/conductivity
  • Wireline log parameters
  • Sonic / acoustic log
  • Resistivity
  • Density and Neutron logs


MWD logs

  • Pore pressure evaluation
  • MWD Resistivity devices
  • MWD Gamma Ray


MWD porosity




Basic principles and functioning of Wireline Logging and LWD (Logging While Drilling) techniques.

  • Mudlogging
  • Purpose
  • Measurements
  • Use in drilling
  • Logging concepts
  • Measurements made
  • LWD use in geostering
  • Applications for directional drilling
  • Formation evaluation (fundamentals)
  • Practical – log correlation




Well Monitoring through Any of available RTDC(Real Time Decision Center) Software or Drilling Log Plots, introduction

  • Introduction of RTDC
  • The Oilfield Information Management Challenge
  • Disciplines for Real Time Asset Management
  • Real Time Drilling and Completions
  • Updating Sub-Surface Models and Drilling Plan with Real-time Information to Optimize Ultimate Recovery
  • Real Time Production Optimization
  • People and Process Aspects of Real Time Operations




Basics on Casing and Cementing design. Casing equipment review and functions (Material properties, API ratings and formulas, loading, Casing design rules, burst and collapse).

  • Casing Design
  • Standards
  • Specifications
  • Connections
  • Design rules
  • Practical casing design exercise




Remedial cementing and advanced cementing technologies, specifications of cement slurry and system laboratory analyses

  • Cementing
  • Purpose
  • Basic types
  • Basic job calculations
  • Primary cementing
  • Remedial cementing
  • Cementing problems




Well Completions, BOP equipment, Basic completion configurations, Well servicing and workover Operations on live wells: wireline, coiled tubing, snubbing.

  • Well completion overview;
  • Types of completions
  • Plugs: Types, Functions and installation;
  • Packers: Types, and installation;
  • Gas Lift installation;
  • Downhole Pumps installations;
  • Well Unloading;
  • Coiled Tubing Operations; and wireline
  • Formation Damage;
  • Workover operations




Well Control: Pressure Analysis and Kick control techniques. Shallow Gas and related equipment (choke, manifold, mud-gas separator).

  • Well control Phases, Primary well control
  • Equivalent circulating density (ECD)
  • Guide lines for maintaining hydrostatic pressure
  • Second line of defense
  • Causes of kicks while drill
  • Wait & weight method
  • Circulation method ( driller’s) for induced kick
  • Kill sheet
  • Well control surface equipment
  • BOP’s and well head
  • Accumulator and charging fluids
  • Choke manifolds
  • Choke types
  • Gas separators
  • Degaseers
  • Safety valves
  • Back pressure valves
  • Well control exercises and workshop