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Drilling Practices (DRI33)

  • 19-23 May 20245 daysDoha, QatarCourse Fee: 5350 USD


The objective of this course is the optimisation and management of the drilling process to improve delivery time and cost whilst maintaining wellbore quality.
It addresses the root causes of the biggest elements of inefficiency in the drilling process and looks at the areas of poor planning and poor operational procedures that lead to higher costs and catastrophic events like stuck pipe.
The approach here is a ‘systems based’ one, each discipline is shown to impact on every other aspect of the well planning and construction process.
The time weighting of each subject area is based on the industry statistics to ensure that the maximum value is delivered.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: MS Office (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)
Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to class.

Course Level: Skill
Instructor: Kevin Gray

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A member of the drilling engineering team
  • A drilling supervisor

How we build your confidence

  • Practical demonstrations of all the key principles using models and simulations in the classroom
  • Mixed, instructor-led delivery of theoretical content with blend of PowerPoint overview, whiteboard explanations of detail and class interactive exercises
  • A narrative that runs through the course where each topic is inter-related and built on the previous learnings
  • Extensive allowance for class-led questioning within the course delivery

The benefits from attending

By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

  • How the drilling industry monitors drilling performance and lost time
  • How to optimise cost control in the drilling process and how to set focussed key performance indicators (KPI's) to monitor the performance of the well construction process
  • How to avoid the high cost 'train wrecks' caused by stuck pipe events, lost circulation and fishing operations
  • How to use drag modelling and drag monitoring at the rigsite to identify problems before they escalate into catastrophic events
  • Drilling fluids and hydraulics design for the well accounts for each source of pressure loss and how to ensure good wellbore cleaning
  • Fundamentals of Geo-mechanics
  • Casing and cementing selection and design
  • The well control system, equipment and operational practices
  • Well productivity and 'skin' damage to the reservoir during drilling
  • Directional well planning from a trajectory design perspective and how the trajectory impacts with all aspects of the well design
  • The drilling team and how human factors influence the costs and safety of well construction
  • Well bore monitoring and using the key parameters to determine the risks in the well and optimise the ROP's to the actual well conditions


  • Understanding drilling as a process
  • Exercise on generic connection procedures
  • Understanding variance from standard procedures
  • Human factors in drilling practices
  • Building robust competent drilling practices
  • Tripping pipe
  • Hole cleaning practices
  • T&D practices planning and operations
  • Ensuring compliance with agreed practices
  • Practices to mitigate shock and vibration from planning to operations
  • Non-productive time management
  • Invisible lost time management
  • Defining KPI's and understanding technical limits
  • Using geomechanics as a base to build best practice
  • Practices to manage wellbore stability
  • Protecting wells from drilling induced skin damage



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