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About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Deepwater Drilling Operations are generally defined as taking place in water depth in excess of 1,000 ft (330 m). These conditions represent a challenging and rapidly growing operating environment in many areas of the world. With increasing depth below the mud-line, many of these wells are also High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) wells.

New build rigs as well as upgrades continue to leave shipyards to service this growing market while equipment manufacturers and service providers continue to invest heavily in associated technological innovation.

With the cost of running a deepwater drilling operation running to well in excess of $1 million a day, it is critical that a high level of competency exists among all personnel associated with the delivery of a deepwater well. This can prove a challenging objective in a rapidly growing workforce – for Operators, Drilling Contractors and Service Companies alike.

This 8 days VILT provides participants with a wealth of practical and operationally focused knowledge. It builds critical skills in well delivery, with an emphasis on the operational aspects of well delivery in deepwater. The  VILT addresses:

  1. Operational Planning
  2. Rig Operations
  3. Performance Optimisation
  4. High Reliability Drilling Practices
  5. Deepwater Well Control

At the end of this VILT, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the differences in pore pressure and formation strength characteristics associated with deepwater
  • Explain and describe the challenges of well control in deepwater environments from pressure prediction, detection and well control procedures.
  • Recognise the operational challenges associated with shallow water flow and shallow gas in deepwater.
  • Understand the different classes of DP vessel and how they can mitigate the risks associated with “Drive Off”.
  • Explain equipment requirements, roles and responsibilities associated with Emergency Disconnect systems.
  • Understand the differences in well design between Deepwater and conventional wells and how technologies such as expandable tubulars, Surface BOP systems, Managed Pressure Drilling and Riserless Mud Recovery can help to close the gap.
  • Explain the impact of large temperature gradients on casing loads including trapped annular pressures and techniques for mitigating trapped annular pressure.
  • Identify rig equipment critical to deepwater well delivery and select rigs suitable for deepwater drilling operations.
  • 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 for shallow water flow control.
  • Describe what hydrates are, where they can form, what problems they can cause and how they can be prevented and cleared.
  • Appreciate why crew training and communication are critical aspects in successful deepwater well delivery.

Personnel directly or indirectly involved in the design and delivery of deepwater exploration and development wells:

  • Office based planning and delivery Well Engineers
  • Drilling Superintendents
  • Wellsite Drilling Supervisors
  • Drillers, Tour Pushers, Toolpushers and Rig Superintendents
  • Rig Managers and OIMs

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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I really enjoyed learning in a virtual setting. It gave me flexibility and enhanced my attention to the course.

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Instructor was knowledgeable.

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