|Basic Petroleum Engineering Practices - BE|
|Basic Petroleum Technology - BPT|
|Basic Drilling, Completion and Workover Operations - BDC|
|Basic Drilling Technology - BDT|
Discipline: Well Construction/Drilling
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): JJ Azar, James Bobo, Richard Carden, Leon H. Robinson, Donald Schmidt, Marc Summers, Robert (Bob) Westermark, Larry Wolfson
This basic drilling technology course addresses the technology used to drill wells from a fundamental view point. Equipment and procedures involved with drilling oil and gas wells are described for those who are interested in understanding the drilling process regardless of academic background. During the first day, the overall drilling process is presented along with definitions and descriptions of drilling equipment. This provides the vocabulary to understand the drilling process. During the remainder of the week, the various components and procedures are discussed in greater detail with explanations of the basic science concepts which guide these processes. Subjects include descriptions of drill bits, directional drilling, drilling fluids, solids control, cementing, casing, well bore stability, well control, measurement-while-drilling techniques, stuck pipe, lost circulation, and well bore hydraulics. Some technology enhancements are included to improve understanding of drilling operations for all participants, with or without a science background. A discussion of clay mineralogy helps understand well bore instability and drilling fluids. A discussion of pressure and pressure effects helps explain many of the procedures and problems associated with drilling wells. Rocks behave differently under pressure and understanding this behavior helps in understanding drilling performance.
Some discussions of the art and science of drilling include mathematical explanations for those involved with the engineering aspects of drilling operations; however, the concepts and intent of these mathematical equations will also be explained in simple terms. After all various components and procedures are discussed, the information contained in morning reports is explained and used as a summary of the course content.
"Course was tailored to the classes' need and not just delivered from a syllabus. This is an excellent way to give people what they need to develop a basic understanding of the drilling industry. Reinforced my basics very well and identified my weak areas where I need improvement." - Drilling Supervisor, Canada
"The instructor made learning the different sections of the drilling site to be very interesting. It was very important to understand the importance of each and how they effect drilling." - Procurement Associate, United States
"The instructor has so many years of drilling experience, yet also stays very up-to-date. He is great about answering questions and providing great visual tools for learning." - Operations Tech, United States
Petroleum and production engineers, completion engineers, geoscientists, managers, technical supervisors, service and support personnel, entry level drilling engineers, drilling operations personnel, drilling office support staff.
You Will Learn:
DR. JJ AZAR is a professor emeritus of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa. His career with the University spanned over 38 years during which time he was Director of the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects and served as acting chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department in 2001. As the Director of Drilling Research, he is accredited with building one of the world most comprehensive and top drilling programs in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa. He led his graduate students in pioneering research work in areas of cuttings transport in directional well drilling, drill bit and drillstring dynamics and formation damage. His contributions to the advancement of drilling technology through teaching, research and publications are well noted. He is the author and/or coauthor of five textbooks and over sixty publications in refereed technical journals. He is a coauthor of Petroleum Engineering Handbook, Volume II and Encyclopedia of Energy. Professor Azar was a participant speaker at the 'Advances in Drilling Technologies' workshop organized by the US National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences. He was inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering in Washington DC in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer and a distinguished member of SPE. His areas of interest in teaching and research include: wellbore fluids hydraulics, wellbore mechanics, drill bit mechanics, drillstring mechanics and well control mechanics in application to vertical, directional, horizontal, multilateral, coiled tubing, under-balanced and slim hole drilling. Dr. Azar has a BS in Aerospace Engineering, an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical/Structural Engineering all from the University of Oklahoma.
MR. JAMES E. BOBO retired from ConocoPhillips as a Principle Drilling Engineer. Mr. Bobo has served in various management and project leadership roles in drilling, production, gas processing, and gas gathering and information systems throughout the basins in the lower 48 states. In addition, he has served in key facilitator roles for well control operations in Papua New Guinea, Nova Scotia and high-pressure/high-temperature operations throughout the lower 48 states. Bobo is actively involved in society-level efforts related to continuing education, licensure, and professional development, along with the technical advisory boards for several universities. He earned his BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.
MR. RICHARD S. CARDEN has taught drilling, horizontal drilling and underbalanced drilling seminars in the United States and internationally for more than 20 years. He has authored numerous technical papers on directional drilling and underbalanced drilling. He was a contributing author to the "Underbalanced Drilling Manual" published by GRI. He worked for Grace, Shursen, Moore and Associates (GSM) as a drilling completion consultant both domestically and overseas. While at GSM he was a wellsite consultant drilling and completing wells in the field; including: geothermal wells, deep/high-pressure gas wells, air drilled wells, directional wells, and horizontal wells. He also worked as a Drilling and Production Engineer for Marathon Oil Company in the Rocky Mountain region. He earned a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1977.
DR. LEON ROBINSON had a 39-year career at Exxon and made contributions in many technology areas such as mud cleaners, explosive drilling, drilling data telemetry, subsurface rock mechanics, and drilling and hydraulic optimization techniques, tertiary oil recovery, on-site drilling workshops, world-wide drilling fluid seminars and rig site consultation. Throughout his last 25 years with Exxon, he delivered annual lectures at in-house Drilling Engineering Schools on various topics. Since retiring from Exxon Production Research in 1992, Dr. Robinson has remained active working with the SPE, API, AADE, IADC, and consulting on drilling activities. He has received 34 US patents, 23 International patents, the 1981 IADC Special Recognition Award, the 1986 SPE Drilling Engineering Award, several Exxon lecturer awards, the 1999 AADE Meritorious Service Award, the 2004 SPE Legion of Honor Award, the 2006 API Service Award, in 2006 was inducted into the AADE Hall of Fame, in Sept. 2008, one of the first five recognized by SPE as a Drilling Legend. Currently, he is a consultant, Chairman of the IADC Technical Publications Committee writing the encyclopedia of drilling, Chairman of an API task group involved with API RP 13C, member of API task groups addressing issues with drilling fluids and hydraulics, and on the AADE Conference planning committee. He was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946, received a BS and a MS in Physics from Clemson University, and a PhD in Engineering Physics from N.C. State University.
DR. DON SCHMIDT was directly involved with drilling fluids research and supervised research in all aspects of drilling technology during his 30-year career working for Amoco Production Company and Dowell, as well as the Dow Chemical Company. He prepared and presented training courses in drilling fluids technology while at Amoco and also gave courses on various management topics. Since retirement, Don has consulted in the Drilling and Construction industries on drilling fluid technology. He is a former Chairman of API Committee 13 on Drilling Fluids specifications and test methods. His industry awards include the American Petroleum Institute Citation for Service Award and recognition as co-author of the best paper in Drilling Engineering in 1995. He received a Bachelor's degree from Wabash College and a PhD in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry from Oregon State University.
MR. MARCUS A. (MARC) SUMMERS has over 30 years of oilfield experience and over 15 years of hands on training experience. He founded and ran PetrEX International, Inc., and is currently Discipline Manager of Well Construction/Drilling and a Sr. Instructor with PetroSkills. In 1980, he began working as a drilling engineer for Amoco for fifteen years in various locations around the world. His background includes operations, technical support, and drilling research functions. Since 1986 he has written a number of papers presented at SPE/IADC conferences and several articles published in Petroleum Engineer International, American Oil and Gas Reporter, etc. He received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma.
MR. ROBERT (BOB) V. WESTERMARK is a registered engineer with international and domestic experience who has worked both on and offshore including underbalanced, horizontal, multilateral, coalbed methane, and geothermal drilling wells operations. As a team leader, he has run successful drilling and completion alliances and partnering programs. He has also managed a research drilling test facility. Currently, he is Operations Manager for Seismic Recovery LLC, which is developing with DOE funding, an innovative petroleum technology for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery based on downhole vibration stimulation. He has authored and co-authored over 17 technical papers and he has been the instructor for numerous in-house courses, ranging from basic drilling classes to casing design and well control. In addition, he has taught advanced topics including horizontal drilling and multilateral completions. In this capacity, he communicates clearly with all levels of students, field and office employees, management, third party contractors, and the general public. He received a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Montana College of Mineral Sciences and Technology.
MR. LARRY WOLFSON has 34 years' experience in planning and supervising well construction, including ERD, slim-hole and sub-sea wells. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from California State University Northridge, an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, and he is a registered petroleum engineer in California.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
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