Oil and Gas Technical training > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – Connection Assurance 2: Testing and Torque/Turn Management

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

The shift away from relatively simple and inexpensive shallow oil wells demanded connections with better seals than the API connections. This led to the development of “Premium Connections” with one or more special features, such as higher strength, better sealing properties, faster make-up, smaller outer diameter of the coupling, internally streamlined and recess free, etc.

Gas tight seals are created in Premium connections through the establishment of suitably pre loaded metal to metal seal between the pin and the box of the connection. To assure long term integrity, the connection must be clean and made up with the correct number of turns and the correct torque. Early attempts to pressure test each connection after make up proved to be expensive, time consuming but also unreliable. Instead the industry has focused on the analysis of the torque/turn characteristics of the connection as the principal quality assurance process for the installation of Premium Connections.

This Micro VILT examines options for testing connections and then focuses on torque/turn analysis that should be applied whenever a premium Connection tubular is run into a well.

This is a companion course to Connection Assurance 1: Connection Qualification & Selection course.


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 [email protected]


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:

Module 1: Premium Connection Review

  1. Design
  2. Sealing Mechanism Failure Modes

Module 2: Connection Testing

  1. History and Development
  2. Process and Limitation of Internal & External Testing tools
  3. Torque-Turn Analysis
  4. History and Development
  5. Theory and Practice
  6. Torque/Turn graph characteristics

Module 3: Practical Torque/Turn Analysis

  1. Quality Assurance
  2. Re-make and Rejection Criteria
  3. Practical Examples


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.

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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