Well Engineering and Production > Advanced Casing Design – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This Advanced Casing Design Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course is delivered as a scenario-based training course. The VILT course takes the participants through all the aspects of casing design from first principles. A working spreadsheet is created by each participant for casing design that can be used by the participants in their day-to-day jobs.

The objectives of this VILT course are to provide participants with a competency in casing design. The VILT course addresses the engineering and operational aspects of casing design. A full casing design project from an actual well is used during the VILT course. Participants are taken through the API casing design calculations, load cases, couplings, thermal loading, material selection and well control aspects of casing design. A large part of the VILT course involves hands-on exercises and participants should have a calculator and a laptop computer with a spreadsheet program during the VILT delivery. The VILT course finishes with the operational aspects of running and cementing casing and introduces drilling with casing operations.

The outcomes of the VILT course are that participants will understand:

  • Casing strengths such as yield, burst and collapse
  • All the load cases and associated design factors
  • Triaxial and combined loads
  • Material selection with regards to sour gasses and partial pressures
  • Thermal loading, annular pressure build-up and corrosion effects
  • Buckling and wear
  • Conductor casing design for land, surface BOP’s and subsea BOP’s
  • Drilling with casing


This VILT course is intended for drilling and completion engineers that are required to gain competency in casing design for wells. It will involve a significant amount of calculations and math and participants will require to understand excel.

Candidates are required to have access to MS Excel and ability to use spreadsheets. No programming knowledge is required but complex formulas and graphs are used together with spreadsheets during the course.

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

Course Methodology:

The course method will be a combination of the following:

  • Lectures (presentation)
  • Discussions and exercises
  • Real/field case and Demonstration

The breakdown of the course is as follows:

  • 35% lecture
  • 10% discussions
  • 55% case studies & practical exercise

Your expert course leader was born and raised in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Drilling Engineering from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has over 39 years of oilfield experience. He started in the industry back in 1977 as a Mud logger before becoming a wellsite drilling engineer in 1980 working mainly in the Middle East and West Africa. In 1988, he joined Shell in in the Southern North Sea. In 1995, he joined Smedvig in Norway and worked on a number of deepwater wells as well as on underbalanced drilling operations. In 1999, he started Leading Edge Advantage in Aberdeen and worked in coiled tubing, underbalanced and managed pressure drilling. In 2004, he joined Weatherford as Regional Engineering Manager in Singapore and developed the first ultra deepwater MPD systems. In 2010, he joined SPT Group specializing in well control and hydraulics modelling. SPT Group was later acquired by Schlumberger in 2012.

At Schlumberger, he was Drilling Adviser, with a focus on well control, relief well planning and MPD. During that time, he was also an instructor for NExT teaching numerous well engineering courses. In 2015, he joined Wild Well as Engineering Manager in Asia and in February 2017, he became an independent consultant concentrating on provision of drilling engineering training.

He has written and presented numerous papers and authored several chapters in the SPE Advanced Technology books. He is an active committee member and speaker on numerous SPE Workshops around the world.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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