About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)
HPHT or High Pressure – High Temperature wells are defined using a range of parameters including Maximum Anticipated Surface or Wellhead Pressure (MAASP/MAWHP), Flowing Wellhead Temperature, Static Bottom Hole Temperature and Pore Pressure Gradient.
These conditions are increasingly encountered in many basins worldwide, as exploration and production examine deeper and hotter objectives. Drilling and completing wells in these environments pushes equipment to the limits of its design. Designing these wells and developing the associated well delivery procedures demands highly competent engineers with a deep understanding of the principals of tubular design, equipment performance and operational best practice.
By attending this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), participants will gain critical knowledge and will be able to develop essential skills relating to HPHT Well Engineering. This VILT focuses on key characteristics and challenges of HPHT wells from well design, planning, engineering and operational perspectives. It covers a range of topics including:
- Well Design – Casing and drillstring design, well barriers, thermal effects, drilling fluid and cement selection
- Operational Planning – Rig selection, BOP equipment issues, rig team training
- Well Delivery – fingerprinting, well bore breathing, high-reliability drilling practices, well control, well abandonment
This VILT content presumes participants will have significant experience in the design and/or delivery of conventional wells. As such, it is unlikely to be suitable for personnel with less than 5 years of relevant industry experience.
The VILT will be delivered online in a series of 8 sessions delivered through MS Teams. Each session will comprise 4 x 1-hour sessions with +/- 15-minute breaks between sessions. Sessions will be delivered from Monday to Thursday over two weeks, beginning at 1:00pm and ending at 5:45pm (GMT+8).
At the end of this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the differences in well design between HPHT and conventional wells.
- Describe the effects of HPHT on casing and fluids design.
- Successfully pick casing seats to manage the transition from conventional to highly over-pressured formations.
- Understand the difference between working stress and probabilistic well design.
- Explain the impact of high temperature on casing performance properties.
- Quantify casing loads associated with HPHT wells.
- Perform biaxial collapse and triaxial burst casing design for HPHT wells.
- Identify rig equipment critical to HPHT well delivery and select rigs suitable for HPHT drilling operations.
- Explain and describe the challenges of well control in HPHT environments from pressure prediction, detection and well control procedures.
- Explain how ballooning / wellbore breathing can be identified and managed.
- Describe what is meant by fingerprinting and develop rig procedures to use fingerprinting effectively.
- Explain the importance of Cement Placement.
- Explain why crew training and communication are critical aspects in successful HPHT well delivery.
Personnel directly or indirectly involved in the design and delivery of HPHT wells including:
- Well Design Engineers
- Completions Design Engineers
- Drilling Operations Supervision: Operator Rig Superintendents, Drilling Contractor Rig Managers and Senior Offshore personnel (OIMs, Toolpushers etc)
- Exploration and Production Geologists, Production Technologists and other asset stakeholders
This VILT course content presumes participants will have significant experience in the design and/or delivery of conventional wells. As such, it is unlikely to be suitable for personnel with less than 5 years of relevant industry experience.
Your expert course leader has more than 30 years of experience in the Drilling Industry. He worked offshore as a Roustabout and Roughneck while studying for his B.Eng in Mining Engineering. After graduation, he joined Shell in 1985 and worked as a Drilling Engineer and Drilling Supervisor on-site and in the office in a wide range of onshore, offshore and deepwater environments.
He served as the examiner for Shell’s “Round 2” Competence program and edited the Shell Well Engineering Learning Manual. He is the technical author of several corporate Well Control and Casing Design standards and training manuals.
Since 2000, he has worked as a Well Engineering Consultant. In addition to lecturing and general consultancy in Casing Design and Well Control, he specialises in Deepwater and HPHT Well Control coaching, rig team building and simulation. He pioneered the concept of “Drilling the Well on a Simulator”, working closely with drilling simulator vendors, operators and drilling contractors to produce a realistic and relevant training environment. This enabled integrated rig teams to be exposed to well specific well control and other operational challenges, develop and then practice response strategies.
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The trainer is an experienced guy on well engineering. Knowledge not only from books but greatly from his personal experience in the industry, which is much more beneficial for people improving in well engineering.
Well Engineer, Shell China E&P
Every drilling engineer should take this course beside well control course.