Practical Drilling Technology - Training in Drilling Operations

The objective of this five-day course is to equip drilling personnel with the technical tools needed to become effective supervisors.

Locations Offered

Houston Training Center   → Register now!

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Course Fees

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The object of this five-day drilling technology course is to equip drilling personnel with the technical tools needed to become effective supervisors. This is Part I of a two-course series in drilling technology. The Practical Drilling Technology and the Advanced Drilling Technology courses are both taken out of the ten-day Operational Drilling Technology course. This course is suited for derrickmen, drillers, toolpushers, wellsite leaders, and engineers. This course discusses some basics of Well Control but does not include well control certification. WAM offers Well Control classes for IADC WellSharp and IWCF certification at Levels 2, 3, and 4.
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How We Teach the Course

In addition to lecture with whiteboard & PowerPoint, we use discussion, exercises, workshops & homework to reinforce the subjects taught.
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Topics Covered

The following topics are covered in the PDT course:
  • Communication
  • Hole Trends
  • Problem Solving Model
  • Bits and Bit Operating Practices
  • Drill String Basics
  • Tripping Practices
  • Deviation & Stuck Pipe
  • Overview of Circulation System
  • Overview of Casing & Cementing
  • Causes of Abnormal Pressure
  • Mud & Mud Solids Basics
  • Drillout Considerations
  • Leak-Off Tests
  • Formation Integrity Tests
  • Well Control Red Flags & Transition Zone Indicators
  • Shallow Gas Kicks and Diverting
  • BOP Equipment Considerations
  • Salt Water Flows and Kick Identification
  • Basic Methods of Well Control (Driller's Method and Wait & Weight)
  • Kill Sheets
  • Lost Circulation in Vugular Formations
  • H2S Safety
  • Basics of Workover and Completions
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Cancellation Policy

We request that all cancellations be made at least one week before the class start date. You may reschedule this class without any penalty. However, a $250 fee will be charged for cancellations received less than one week before a class begins and for no-shows. Cancellation penalties and any fees incurred by Well Academy Murchison will be deducted from refunds.
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