About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

API Standard 53 was introduced in 2016 as a fundamental response to the Macondo disaster. It evolved from API Recommended Practice 53 and introduced mandatory requirements for the installation and testing of blowout prevention equipment systems on land and marine drilling rigs (barge, platform, bottom-supported, and floating). A subsequent revision occurred in 2018.

This Micro VILT examines the principal changes that were made when migrating from a Recommended Practice to a Standard and their impact on Rig well control equipment. It also examines changes made in 2018 and how Standard 53 works alongside other Standards and Specifications for Well Control Equipment.


Micro VILT Group Pricing:

SGD$1,200 per person / USD$ 889 per person

(Minimum 5 persons per group session)

For more details on pricing for larger groups or customisation of course outline, call us at +65 6741 9927 or email info@asiaedge.net


Delivery of this Micro VILT:

The Micro VILT will be delivered through Zoom, MS Teams or equivalent video conference platforms in combination with other online interactive training tools.


Micro VILT Duration:

The Micro VILT will be delivered online in 1 session comprising 4 hours, with 2 breaks.

Micro VILT Course Materials:

All participants will receive softcopy course materials (PDF format).


Breakdown of Modules:

Evolution of API  Standard 53

  1. History
  2. Rationale for change

Impact of API Standard 53

  1. Mandatory requirements
  2. Equipment specification and configuration
  3. Equipment Capabilities
  4. Function and Pressure Testing

The Big Picture: Interaction with other Standards and Specifications

  1. BOPS API Specification 16A)
  2. Valves (API Spec 6A)
  3. Choke Manifolds (API Specification 16C)
  4. Control Systems (API Specification 16D)


Best Feature of the Micro VILT:

  1. Explanation of new requirements for BOPs.
  2. Knowledgeable instructor.
  3. The online quizzes.
  4. The BOP stack requirement changes.
  5. Instructor’s ability to define individual components and standards.
  6. I enjoyed all of it.
  7. Ease of use, Microsoft TEAMs and the various online programs, quizzes and message board, are great.


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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