Drilling Engineering for Non-Drilling Engineers

Course Description

This short course is intended for participants in the Oil and Gas industry with or without prior basic knowledge and understanding of drilling. Participants would be introduced to the first-hand and essential concepts and principles of drilling, the process and the equipment. Basic and fundamental calculations of drilling are covered in this course as well. Case studies will be presented together with videos on the processes involved.


Course Objectives

  • To introduce participants to basic concepts, theories, principles and overview of drilling
  • Expose participants to the various drilling facilities onshore and offshore and  rig set-up
  • Introduction to the stake holders involved in drilling
  • Introduce participants to the history of drilling, drilling terminologies and  drilling methodologies
  • Explain the purpose and essentials of drilling
  • Show participants the basic concept of drilling operation and process
  • Present and explain the fundamental and basic calculations in drilling
  • Introduce participants to major consideration such as well control
  • Identify potential drilling problems, means for prevention and mitigation 


Who Should attend

This short course is intended for personnel with no drilling background, knowledge or experience. It is a very basic and introductory course designed to expose and introduce potential candidates to drilling engineering concepts and fundamentals.



Continuing Professional Development




Course Content

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum
  • Stakeholders involved in drilling and drilling contracts
  • Drilling contracts and stakeholders
  • Onshore and Offshore Drilling Units
  • History of drilling
  • Rotary drilling
  • Rig set-up
  • Drill string and Bottom hole assembly concept
  • Drilling Process
  • Concept of Drilling
  • Fundamental Drilling Calculations
  • Drilling fluids and cements
  • Casing design
  • Well control
  • Introduction to Directional Drilling


Day 1

  1. Introduction, Terminology, Drilling Context
  • Introductions
  • A bit of oil history - Terminology of Petroleum & of Drilling
  • Overall drilling process
  • Drilling planning overview
  • Oil prices & drilling
  • Major drilling accomplishments & challenges


  1. Essentials of Geology
  • Hydrocarbon formation
  • Key elements of economic reservoir, rocks, traps, seals
  • Geological and geophysical information

VIDEO-1 : Origins of Petroleum


  1. Drilling Rigs & Drilling Systems
  • Onshore - Offshore rigs, characteristics
  • Drilling challenges
  • Rig components - Well classification
  • Power system - Hoisting system
  • Circulation system / pumps
  • Control system / BOPs
  • Monitoring system

VIDEO-2: Drilling Rigs


  1. Drilling Costs
  • Drilling cost estimation - Types of costs
  • Acquisition For Expenditure (AFE)

QUIZ -1- Test your knowledge on today's lecture



Day 2

  1. Drilling Fluids & Drilling hydraulics
  • Drilling fluid types - Uses
  • Fluid properties -  additives
  • Rheology of drilling fluids
  • Static / dynamic conditions / circulation
  • Rheological models, pressure losses
  • Bit hydraulics
  • Cuttings transport issues 

EXERCISE: Determine drilling fluid density


CASE STUDY: Basics of drilling fluid design


  1. Abnormal Pressures, Kicks & Kick Control
  • Sedimentary rocks - Overpressure generation
  • Pore pressure / Fracture pressure estimation
  • Kick definition / Kick sequence
  • Kick detection
  • Kick control methods, BOPs (video)

VIDEO-3: Kicks & kick control


EXERCISE: Kick control example


  1. Casing Design
  • Purpose of casing design
  • Casing / hole diameter selection
  • Burst / Collapse pressure calculations
  • Casing depth estimation
  • Mud weight estimation


  1. Cementing & Cement Job Design
  • Cementing process
  • Cements & types of cements, additives
  • Cement placement / Cementing problems
  • Cement job evaluation

EXERCISE: Cement slurry density & yield calculation


QUIZ-2 - Test your knowledge on today's lectures



Day 3

  1. The drill string
  • Drill string components
  • Drilling bits, Bit wear / Bit selection
  • Drill collars, characteristics & selection, Neutral point
  • Drill pipe characteristics
  • Bottom Hole Assembly


  1. Directional & Horizontal Drilling
  • Purpose, history & types of deviated wells
  • Inclination & azimuth
  • MWD
  • Horizontal / ERD wells, Multilaterals
  • Coil-Tubing-Drilling

VIDEO-4: Directional Drilling


  1. Well Logging & Completions
  • Logging
  • Mud Log
  • Open hole logs
  • RFT, Drill stem testing
  • Basic components & function of completions
  • Stimulation


  1. Drilling Problems & Advanced Techniques
  • Types of drilling problems, severity
  • Lost circulation - Stuck pipe - Junk in hole
  • Surface / downhole measurements / problem prevention
  • Managed Pressure Drilling / Casing Drilling / Dual Gradient Drilling
  • Drilling safety

VIDEO-5: Managed Pressure Drilling


CASE STUDY: Lost Circulation Problem, identification & solution


FINAL QUIZ: post-assessment of knowledge level on Basic Drilling Engineering for non Engineers




3 days





Houston, Texas, United States



23-25 May 2018


London, United Kingdom



16-18 July 2018



Dubai, United Arab Emirates



2-4 September 2018









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