About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Stuck Pipe is, and historically has been, a major headache for the Oil & Gas industry. Many wells have become more challenging in terms of well trajectories and hole size (smaller) and as a result of a specific focus on pushing the ‘drilling limit’. On the other hand, rigs are now equipped with better mud systems, downhole sensors and rotary steerable systems, to name a few, and many operators pay more emphasis on following the well in real time as well as having effective office to rig communication, no matter how remote the drilling location is. It is easy to understand and accept that prevention of stuck pipe makes a lot more economical sense than even the best of freeing tools and techniques. The recovery from a stuck pipe situation can be very time consuming and often leads to the loss in hole of expensive downhole tools. The single most important factor in achieving successful prevention has to do with people. This applies to those working at the well site as much as it does to those planning the well in the office. It requires a strong sense of teamwork. However, a good team at the well site cannot prevent stuck pipe if the planning and subsequent decision making is poor or sub-optimal. Neither will the office team be able to have a marked impact on events at the well site if the well site team does not manage the risks or use their skills and vigilance to detect or recognize signs from the hole. Stuck pipe incidents and associated costs will only drop to acceptable levels when everyone involved in drilling – i.e. operating companies, drilling contractors and service companies – combine their efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to work on exercises with an online simulator. Scenarios will be presented to participants, and they are required to solve them using the available means. This requires an understanding of how jars work, how to resolve differentially stuck pipe, how to manage pack-offs and how to avoid getting stuck geometrically.

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