Well Engineering and Production > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – Drilling 101: Introduction to Marine Drilling

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This 3-part Micro VILT is designed to help participants acquire the fundamental knowledge on Marine Drilling processes on offshore jack-up and floater drilling rigs.

The course outlines the various types of offshore drilling rig (Jack-ups, Drilling Semi Submersibles and Drillships – together with Drilling Barges and Tender Assisted Rigs). It details their drilling facilities and systems employed in drilling wells (the derrick, the drill string, the use of drilling muds and cementing).

Special attention is given to the Marine Drilling components of the Blow Out Preventer, The Marine Drilling Riser the Riser Tensioner and Heave Compensation Systems.

The Micro VILT details how Offshore wells are drilled from Platforms / Other Production hosts or as subsea wells and related examples are provided. It concludes with a short look at advanced drilling approaches such as Horizontal Drilling, Batch Drilling, Dual Gradient Drilling and others.

Participants will be provided with a set of videos and multimedia material for post course viewing to enhance learning experience and understanding.

Part 1 covers:

  1. General Introduction to Marine Drilling and Well Design
  2. Offshore Mobile Drilling Hosts
  3. Drill Rig Components, Drill String Design and the Requirements for Drilling Muds and Cements

Part 2 covers:

  1. Marine Drilling Riser and Offshore Drilling Rig Components
  2. Drilling Offshore Wells – Platform and Subsea
  3. Advanced and New Drilling Approaches

Part 3 covers:

  1. FPSOs connection to the reservoir to the export requirements
  2. FPSO equipment and functions: description and illustration

Of the Floating Production Hosts used worldwide the most wide spread is the FPSO (tanker like). They are used in shallow and deepwater fields; in small to very large fields; in calm and harsh weather areas. The Micro VILT is designed to help the participants acquire the fundamental knowledge of FPSO Vessels (both New Builds & Tanker Conversions) and to see why they are so widely used by the offshore industry.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to understand the basics of FPSO and offshore oil & gas processing systems, equipment working principles and field requirements.

Participants will be provided with a set of vidoes and multimedia material for post course viewing to enhance their learning experience and understanding of FPSO Technology and to view successful worldwide (but including the GoM) FPSO Projects.


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 per session

SESSION 1 – Drilling 101

Module 1: Overview

  1. Past and current drilling requirements
  2. Exploration activities – finding the oil
  3. Typical operational areas – water depths & sea states
  4. Developing and implementation of drilling programs
  5. Types of offshore drilling rigs – platform and MODUs
  6. Field examples
  7. The Basics of Well Design

Module 2: Offshore Drilling Hosts

  1. Jack-up rigs
  2. Semi-submersibles
  3. Drill ships & Drilling Barges
  4. General Characteristics & Capabilities
  5. Moored or DP
  6. Shallow Water Rigs & – Deepwater, Advanced Capability Rigs

Module 3: Drilling Rig Components & Drill String Design & Muds & Cements

  1. Rig floor operations and layout
  2. Rig floor operations and layout
  3. Pipe handling and storage
  4. Rotary table, Top drive
  5. Tubular connections
  6. Drilling ahead
  7. Drill bits
  8. Drill string & BHA
  9. Mud Functions & Compositions
  10. Mud Handling Equipment
  11. Cementing Requirements and Operations


SESSION 2 – Drilling 101

Module 1: Marine Drilling Riser and Offshore Drilling Components

  1. General offshore requirements
  2. Guide base & Subsea wellheads
  3. Blow out preventers
  4. Lower riser package
  5. Marine riser
  6. Flex and telescope joints
  7. Riser tensioner
  8. Vessel motion compensator
  9. Drilling control system

Module 2: Drilling Offshore Wells – Platform & Subsea

  1. Fixed platform wells
  2. Drilling from Spar / TLP Production Hosts
  3. Drilling Subsea wells
  4. Casing programs – Well Design
  5. Drilling activities
  6. Casing cementing activities
  7. Core sampling and well logging

Module 3: Advanced and New Drilling Approaches

  1. Horizontal Drilling
  2. Dual activity drilling derricks
  3. Drill thru Xmas trees
  4. Batch drilling programs
  5. Underbalanced Drilling
  6. Dual Gradient Drilling
  7. High Temperature / High Pressure Wells


SESSION 3 – Introduction to FPSOs

Module 1: Overview of FPSOs

  1. Background and General Trends in Offshore Production
  2. Review of Fields developed with Floaters and Subsea Production Systems
  3. FPSO Functional Requirements
  4. Floating Production Hosts (FPSOs, Semi-Subs, SPAR and TLP Options
  5. Layout and Safety
  6. Newbuild or Tanker Conversion

Module 2: FPSO Design Requirements & Turret and Moorings

  1. Design Requirements (Testing – Wave Tank, Wind Tunnel & CFD)
  2. FPSO Layout (External & Internal Turrets) & Operations
  3. Disconnectable Turret Systems
  4. Fluid Transfer Systems – Swivels & Drag Chains
  5. Mooring Components
  6. Analysis / Design & Safety Factors
  7. Installation Activities

Module 3: Introduction to FPSO Topsides Processing Systems & Oil Export

  1. Introduction to Offshore Production Systems
  2. Function of process plant (Product Specifications, Environmental Constraints)
  3. Processing Facilities (Separation, Compression, Produced Water, Water Injection, Utilities)
  4. Examples of Process Equipment
  5. Types of Export Tankers
  6. Loading/Offloading Rates
  7. Offloading Transfer Systems (Direct or Remote)

Your expert course leader worked for BP for 28 years as a Research Associate and Team Leader, working on Feasibility Studies and acting as a trouble shooter covering all aspects of BP’s businesses. These covered field Development Project in the North Sea and several novel resource recovery techniques which were taken from Concept to Field Pilot trials in Canada. His specific work in the offshore area covered Subsea Robotics / Automation, Seabed Production Concepts, Seabed Excavation Methods, Underwater Repair Techniques, Flexible Riser Studies and Maintenance Cost Reductions. After leaving BP in 1992, he continued working in the offshore oil industry through Azur Offshore Ltd, including activities in the assessment of Emerging and Novel Technologies, Technical and Economic Audits, Studies, Production Sharing Agreement Evaluations, Safety and Environmental issues. Clients have included Chevron UK, BP Exploration, British Gas, Technomare, Trident Consultants, Fina UK and Cameron France. He is a regular University lecturer at Crandfield School of Industrial Sciences (UK) and is a course Group Project external examiner for Crandfield. He also lectures on offshore oil industry activities at ENSIETA (France), the Technical University of Delft (Holland) and the Northern Territories University in Darwin (Australia). He is an active member of the UK Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and serves on their Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee.

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