Oil & Gas Training
and Competency Development

Discipline Drilling Engineering ,
Drilling Engineering
LevelSkill
Duration5 Days
Delivery Mechanism Classroom with Simulator
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Managing Drilling Operations (with Drilling Simulator)

This course will utilize a computer-based drilling operations management simulator to drill a well in a virtual environment. Participants will role-play key rig-site jobs to construct a well following a drilling program.


This integrated PC-based simulator will provide virtual-on-the-job-training, by recreating the rigsite setup of the driller’s station, the drilling supervisor's station, and mud engineer's station. A graphical interface will provide a 'window' into rig floor operations for the entire class.
During the class, the instructor will act in a mentor role, offering group skills training across a wide spectrum of drilling activities within the simulated operational scenario.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Prerequisites
  • Agenda

    Day 1

    Simulator Familiarization 

    • Simulator overview
    • Drilling supervisor, driller’s, and mud engineer stations
    • Well Program

    The first day of this simulation course will focus on giving participants an overview of the course and familiarizing them with the simulator.  The overview will cover the following stations: Drilling Supervisor, Drillers, and Mud Engineers.  The well simulation program that is used will use a pre-planned offshore directional well as its default, this can be customized upon the request of the client.

    Day 2

    Simulation 1: Spudding the Well and Surface Hole Interval

    • Drilling problems
    • Spudding processes
    • Drilling the surface holes

    The second day of this course will cover the first simulation, which will cover the surface hole.  The instructor will provide the participants with real world drilling problems within the virtual environment.  This will cover problems during the operational processes involved in spudding the well and drilling the surface hole in order to facilitate improved communications, teamwork and problem solving.   

    Day 3

    Simulation 2: Intermediate Hole 

    • Drilling problems
    • Operational processes
    • Cementing and intermediate casing      

    Day three of this course will cover the second simulation covering the intermediate hole.  The instructor will provide the participants with real world drilling problems within the virtual environment during the operational process involved in drilling the directional 17.5" intermediated section.  The participants will then simulate cementing the intermediate casing in place before the next section.

    Day 4

    Simulation 3: Intermediate Hole (Cont.) 

    • Drilling problems
    • Operational processes
    • Drilling the 12.25” tangent section

    Day four will continue the simulation of the intermediate hole, but focusing on the 12.25” tangent section.  The instructor will provide the class with real world drilling problems within the virtual environment during the operational processes involved in drilling the 12.25" tangent section, in order to facilitate improved communications, teamwork and problem solving.

    Day 5

    Simulation 4: Production Hole 

    • Drilling problems
    • Production hole and cementing
    • Overall budget vs. actual cost

    On the last day, attendees will participate in the fourth and final simulation, this one covering the production hole.  The instructor will provide the participants with real world drilling problems within the virtual environment during the operational processes involved in drilling the 12.25" tangent section.  The day will conclude with a wrap-up of lessons learned for the futures, as well as a review of the overall budget versus actual cost.

  • Audience

    Trainee Wellsite Supervisors, Drilling Supervisors, Drilling Engineers, Directional Drillers and Mud Engineers.

  • Prerequisites

    Participants should have knowledge about drilling, drilling engineering, cementing operations, BHA design fundamentals, cementing program designs, rig awareness, and drilling operations.

  • Prerequisites

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