Well Engineering and Production > Well Design & Construction

About this Training Course

This Well Design and Construction course is designed to provide participants with a robust knowledge of well engineering principles. Based on the global practices, and standards and using real examples, it represents how well engineering is managed in the oil and gas industry.

As drilling tools and technology evolves, the drilling community must keep pace in order to make the right decisions at the right time. Some of these decisions have a significant impact on reducing non-productive time. However, they are also important to stand out in process safety as major well control incidents [like the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010] have taught us so dramatically in the past. We therefore need a consistent and technology-based approach to decision-making. This can only be achieved if the basics of well engineering have been thoroughly taught, understood, and are then wisely applied.

To enable participants to understand well engineering principles and practices that must be applied to ensure that the process to drill and complete a well can only be successful if it is based on sound planning and implementation. By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the critical elements of a drilling program, the practices that contribute to minimize non-productive time, the equipment, and tools we need to collect downhole information, the high standards required to maintain process safety and the methodologies that enable analyzing and solving of drilling problems.
  • Demonstrate how to apply a methodical approach to well planning, which can then be used to implement good practices at the wellsite.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of basic well engineering and the essential skills to work as a team member.
  • Learn that opportunities are available to broaden our foundation of knowledge, so that we can rise to the challenge.
  • Focus on several well design and well operational elements that either enhance or hinder us in getting to a successful end result.
  • Illustrate the benefits of having sound well engineering skills that enable a consistent well delivery in the field.

Well engineers in their first few year[s] of their career and having the aspiration to become knowledgeable in applying globally accepted standards and practices in well engineering. It is also meant for those who are about to hold a supervisory position in the field and are keen to implement global standards and good practices. The course may also provide a refresher for the more experienced drilling or well engineer, who has missed out on the basics of well engineering in the past and/or has limited field experience. It is also important that with knowledge gained, the attendee will be able to challenge the many specialized services at the well site, by homing in on critical factors they control, and which often make or break a successful drilling campaign.

This classroom course will be delivered as a 8 hrs per day, 5-day course. Some daily exercises will have to be done individually [calculations], some will be completed through group effort and consensus and some will be a simple multiple-choice exercises. A formulae sheet will be provided. Some homework is also highly recommended.

Your expert course leader has over 45 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. During that time, he has worked exclusively in the well engineering domain. After being employed in 1974 by Shell, one of the major oil & gas producing operators, he worked as an apprentice on drilling rigs in the Netherlands. After a year, he was sent for his first international assignment to the Sultanate of Oman where he climbed up the career ladder from Assistant Driller, to Driller, to wellsite Petroleum Engineer and eventually on-site Drilling Supervisor, actively engaged in the drilling of development and exploration wells in almost every corner of this vast desert area. At that time, drilling techniques were fairly basic and safety was just a buzz word, but such a situation propels learning and the fruits of ‘doing-the-basics’ are still reaped today when standing in front of a class. After some seven years in the Middle East, a series of other international assignments followed in places like the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Turkey, Denmark, China, Malaysia, and Russia. Apart from on-site drilling supervisory jobs on various types of drilling rigs (such as helicopter rigs) and working environments (such as jungle and artic), he was also assigned to research, to projects and to the company’s learning centre. In research, he was responsible for promoting directional drilling and surveying and advised on the first horizontal wells being drilled, in projects, he was responsible for a high pressure drilling campaign in Nigeria while in the learning centre, he looked after the development of new engineers joining the company after graduating from university. He was also involved in international well control certification and served as chairman for a period of three years. In the last years of his active career, he worked again in China as a staff development manager, a position he nurtured because he was able to pass on his knowledge to a vast number of new employees once again. After retiring in 2015, he has delivered well engineering related courses in Australia, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Thailand, India, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, The Netherlands, and the United States. The training he provides includes well control to obtain certification in drilling and well intervention, extended reach drilling, high pressure-high temperature drilling, stuck pipe prevention and a number of other ad-hoc courses. He thoroughly enjoys training and is keen to continue taking classes as an instructor for some time to come.

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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