Well Engineering and Production > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – HPHT Well Engineering

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

HPHT (High Pressure – High Temperature) wells have a downhole environment of more than 10,000psi (690 bar) and/or 300 deg F (140 deg C). These conditions are increasingly encountered in many basins worldwide, as exploration and production examine deeper and hotter objectives.

In attending this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), participants will gain knowledge and develop skills relating to HPHT Well Engineering. The Micro 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:

  1. Well Design – Casing and drillstring design, well barriers, thermal effects, drilling fluid and cement selection
  2. Operational Planning – Rig selection, BOP equipment issues, rig team training
  3. Well Delivery – fingerprinting, well bore breathing, high-reliability drilling practices, well control, and well abandonment


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).


Best Feature of the Micro VILT:

  1. The simulation exercises.
  2. The interactive quizzes.
  3. Liked the half days, gave me time to do work too! Exercises and quizzes were very helpful and helped me learn.
  4. The instructor was exceptionally good.
  5. The instructor had a firm understanding of the subject material and a talent for teaching.
  6. The quizzes were actually kind of fun and stress-free as presented. The presentations were very good. Some of the best I have seen.
  7. The ability to carry on with emergencies at my current job without disrupting the whole class but still be able to listen to it.

At the end of this Micro VILT, participants should 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

This Micro VILT is intended for personnel directly or indirectly involved in the design and delivery of HPHT wells:

  • 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

The Micro 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.

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.
Request for further information about post training coaching support and fees applicable for this.

Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

This Micro VILT provides a great amount of content for the amount of time expended. The instructor has a great depth of understanding of the subject and enjoys teaching it. Persons not frequently exposed to the drilling world should brush up on their drilling nomenclature before beginning, in order to gain the maximum benefit.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

The broad scope of technical information was extremely beneficial. The instructor really knows this stuff. I was very impressed, and left with a new bag of engineering tricks. Many thanks!

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

Great class, learned a lot! Excellent coverage of issues related to HPHT wells, drilling and design. Covered a lot of related topics.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

This training gives a solid understanding of how HPHT wells are full of character.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA