RigSMARTS™ 3 Wellbore Pressure Management - RS3

Discipline: Well Construction/Drilling
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
The objective of RigSMARTS 3 is to equip drilling field supervisors with a comprehensive understanding of fluid statics and dynamics in the wellbore. The participants gain the ability to better handle well control, hole cleaning, lost circulation, hydraulics, surge/swab, drill string and BHA design, and cementing operations. Taught in a manner easily understood by field personnel, the course utilizes practical materials, exercises, and hundreds of animated illustration.
Operator technical support and operations supervision personnel, drilling contractor rig crew and technical support personnel, and service company technical support personnel.
How To:
  • Identify what factors impact pressure
  • How does pressure affect the wellbore
  • What determines wellbore pressure limitations
  • Well control
  • Lost circulation and ECD
  • Hole cleaning and packoff
  • Tripping practices and surge / swab
  • Bit and drill string hydraulics
  • Clarify mechanical concepts of pressures in the wellbore, including static and flowing fluids
  • Use pressure concepts to effectively optimize drilling operations and avoid non-productive time related to:
  • Adjust drilling fluid properties to balance wellbore stability, hole cleaning, and improved ROP
  • Use pore pressure and fracture gradient charts to establish wellbore pressure limitations
  • Design effective leak-off test (LOT) and formation integrity test (FIT) procedures
  • Match bit nozzles and drill string / BHA components to optimize bit run hydraulics
  • Plan casing and cementing jobs to avoid lost circulation and flow after cementing
  • Clarify managed pressure drilling applications including underbalanced and mud cap operations
  • What factors impact pressure
  • How does pressure affect the wellbore
  • What determines wellbore pressure limitations
  • Well control
  • Lost circulation and ECD
  • Hole cleaning and packoff
  • Tripping practices and surge / swab
  • Bit and drill string hydraulics
  • Clarify mechanical concepts of pressures in the wellbore, including static and flowing fluids
  • Use pressure concepts to effectively optimize drilling operations and avoid non-productive time
  • Adjust drilling fluid properties to balance wellbore stability, hole cleaning, improved ROP
  • Use pore pressure and fracture gradient charts to establish wellbore pressure limitations
  • Design effective leak-off test (LOT) and formation integrity test (FIT) procedures
  • Match bit nozzles and drill string / BHA components to optimize bit run hydraulics
  • Plan casing and cementing jobs to avoid lost circulation and flow after cementing
  • Clarify managed pressure drilling applications including underbalanced and mud cap operations