IWCF Registration, Barrier, and Pressure Concepts
- Well barriers and standards
- Responsibilities for well control and integrity
- Well control definitions and concepts
- U-tube analogy for well pressure calculations
The first day begin with IWCF registration and verification of pre-requisite certifications as required by IWCF. The classroom sessions on this day will take participants through topics such as well barriers, barrier standards, and testing before using the u-tube analogy to make well pressure calculations.
Influxes, Kicks, and Shallow Gas
- Kick tolerance
- Kick causes, prevention, and detection
- Shallow gas and well control preparation
- Well shut-in procedures and first actions
The second day participants will learn about oil, gas, and water kicks, as well as challenges presented by shallow gas. Participants will then be instructed on the use of the simulator by a demonstration of the system. Well control load cases will be reviewed.
Gas Behavior and Well Control Procedures
- Gas behavior in Water Based Mud (WBM)
- Convention and unconventional well control procedures
- Well control complications
- Gas behaviors in Oil Based Muds (OBM)
- Vertical and deviated well control
Participants learn about gas behavior in drilling fluids, then they will move into a detailed workshop on well control procedures on this day. Participants will learn about complications which may arise during well control operations and will review appropriate response actions. Each participant will practice a full scale well control simulation using the simulator.
Well Control Equipment
- Review and selection of equipment
- Equipment installation and testing
- Practical – full scenario simulations with “unexpected events”
The final classroom session will cover in detail the well control equipment used at a rig-site. After the classroom session, participants will again move to the simulator to practice a full scenario well control simulation complete with “unexpected events”.
IWFC Practical Assessment
- IWCF practical assessment with simulator
- IWCF written exams
The final day of this course will consist of multiple IWCF assessments. These will include written assessments over principles and procedures, surface well control equipment, and a practical exam on a well control simultor. Examinations will be delivered by an IWCF approved invigilator or exam supervisor.
Principles and procedures for kick detection and repsonse. Practical actions which are taken following the detection of a kick to return a well to primary well control.
This course is intended for rig-site personnel in critical well control positions, office based engineers or supervisors who require IWCF certifications and persons who desire a thorough understanding of well control concepts. Level 3 is intended for persons who are equipment operators or persons who have to perform an action to prevent or respond to a well control incident. Level 4 is intended for supervisors who have oversight that can correct actions which are carried out.
Participants in the course should be familiar with well control concepts, understand primary (hydrostatic) well control elements and be able to perform basic math calculations.