Well Engineering and Production > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – Kicks and Losses – Management of Underground Blowouts

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Despite all efforts to provide sufficient kick tolerance, there always remains a risk that encountered pressures or errors during well control generate excessive loads in the open hole leading to an underground blowout. At this point, it is essential that the wellsite team recognise the onset of an underground blowout and take suitable actions to maximise the possibility of resolving the event.

This Micro VILT examines the characteristics of an underground blowout and classic pressure signatures that the rig team must be able to recognise. It goes on to explain how the blowout might ultimately be cured and identifies the rationale behind the immediate actions of the rig team to maintain access to the well until such time that control operations can start.


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:

Anatomy of an Underground Blowout

  1. Pressures in the Well – The drilling envelope
  2. Causes of an Underground Blowout

Recognising the Event

  1. Development of Loads and Subsequent Failure
  2. Classic Pressure Signatures

Management and Control of an Underground Blowout

  1. How will it be solved
  2. Dual Gradient Kills
  3. Relief Well requirements
  4. Immediate actions to maintain wellbore access


Best Feature of the Micro VILT:

  1. The quizzes.
  2. Instructor’s knowledge.
  3. This training was the best virtual training that I have received. The topic – along with the excellent presentation – kept me involved and attentive. Thanks.
  4. The presentations accompanied with the instructor’s insight.
  5. HPHT wells.

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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