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Introduction to Petroleum Drilling
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Introduction to Petroleum Drilling

2-Day Training Course: A Technical Introduction to Drilling for Non-Specialists. Build your understanding & confidence with the fundamentals of well design & how to execute the drilling program. Learn to appreciate subsurface uncertainty & its impact on risk in the drilling process.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the inputs, uncertainties and risks inherent in well design
  • Understand the key roles of geology/petroleum engineering together with drilling engineering to deliver successful wells
  • Examine the drilling operations process including drilling problems and risks
  • Gain insights into new technologies and techniques

About the Course

This intensive 2 day course will provide participants with a solid all-round grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods and language used in oil and gas drilling.

The variables and uncertainties inherent in the subsurface data used to design a well will be highlighted and their potential impact on the drilling process will be explored.

Participants will see how a well design incorporates this uncertainty and how execution of the drilling plan is adjusted to cope with differences and changes.

Who Will Benefit

Oil and gas management, engineers involved in the design and management of offshore LNG facilities. This could also include finance personnel, field operational and maintenance staff, field evaluation engineers, financiers, legal staff and board members.

  • New employees in oil and gas companies who need a solid grounding in drilling operations
  • Technical staff in drilling and associated departments requiring an introduction
  • Supply chain management and finance staff involved in drilling operations and budgets
  • Regulatory entities, bankers, lawyers, accountants and financial professionals


Professor Peter Moore

Keith Davison

A CPD Course

Use this course to help fulfil your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) educational requirements to retain your professional/chartered status.

Contact your relevant association to learn how.


He knows his stuff inside out. He has obviously worked in the field so wasn’t just booked learned.”
Technical Assistant, BHP Billiton

Enthusiastic, great presenter, invites questions and explains very well.”
Geoscientist, BP Developments Australia

I enjoyed the presenter’s skills, knowledge and the format of the presentation. Keith was relaxed and not monotonous and did not lecture us. He talks about the subject without too many technical details. There was a good balance between theory and exercises.”
Contracts Manager, Santos

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline


  • Types of wells
  • Similarities and differences between exploration, appraisal and development wells
  • Contracting options and budget breakdown
  • Key differences in risk and uncertainty
  • Geological and Reservoir engineering data requirements from wells


  • How is coal formed?
  • The chemistry of coal
  • Products and by-products of coal


  • Translating the geological prognosis into a well design
  • Rig selection
  • Types of drilling rigs – onshore and offshore
    • Drilling equipment
    • The rotary system – conventional, top drive, and rotary steerable
    • Automated rigs
  • Contractor selection
  • Casing and cementing
  • Drilling muds and completion fluids; types and functions
  • Bits and specialised drilling equipment
  • Formation and well evaluation requirements
  • Mud logging
  • Wireline and MWD/LWD logging
  • Exercise: Casing design, including uncertainties in pressure and rock strength
  • Exercise: Identification of potential drilling hazards


  • Monitoring progress in drilling operations
  • The daily drilling report – what does it contain and how do you read it?
  • Well control issues – why the drilling foreman needs a certificate
    • Mud control and testing
    • Casing and cementing operations
  • Things that can go wrong – stuck pipes, overpressures, lost circulation, kicks
  • Exercise: Fishing operations


  • Types of completions – what are their functions?
  • Completion fluids – why are they different from drilling fluids?
  • Basic completion string equipment and Xmas trees
  • Sand control equipment – from screens to gravel packs
  • Perforation technology – equipment and safety aspects


  • ‘Drilling the limit’ how to improve and save money
  • Expandable tubulars
  • Multi-lateral wells
  • Smart wells (Intelligent completions)

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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