Oil & Gas Training
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Drilling Engineering Training Programs


Deepwater Drilling

The progression path has been designed to enhance the knowledge of drilling professionals to understand terminology, concepts, processes and equipment used to drill Deepwater oil & gas wells. The interaction with the software knowledge and its application provides a powerful simulation tool for effective risk management and planning for well control. Modeling temperature, gas solubility, gas migration and other PVT aspects are key elements for supporting the well planning and execution of drilling Deepwater operations.

Description of course progression

  • Deepwater Foundation; overall awareness of the deepwater environment, MODUs, and challenges of wells in deepwater
  • Drillbench Dynamic Hydraulics and Temperature modeling; understanding the hydraulics and temperature modeling software and run dynamic simulations
  • Mangrove-related software training classes provide specific knowledge related to the latest Schlumberger Hydraulic Fracture design technology, which includes geomechanics stress modeling capabilities
  • Deepwater Drilling Design and Operations; the course will follow a typical Deepwater drilling program and drilling process from geology, station keeping, rig selection, rig equipment, wellhead, BOP, marine riser, conductor driving and surface casing setting, through the remainder of the well, with additional discussion of the challenges of testing, completions, interventions, and operations management.
  • Deepwater Geohazards; geological, geophysical and geomechanical aspects, their prediction and mitigation
  • Drillbench Dynamic Well Control Modeling; understanding the presmod kick software, run a dynamic well control simulation
  • Deepwater Completions; understanding of the key drivers and challenges in Deepwater completions, including discussion of tree types,MODU and fixed installation concerns, and risers.
  • Drillbench Blowout Control; principles and concepts related to blowout control operations, overview of tertiary well control options, and basis of relief well planning and dynamic well kill operations for blowout wells.
  • Deepwater Well Project and Risk Management; the course will follow the well project management process from prospect evaluation through operations and close out, and will address risk management from risk identification and analysis through operational techniques for managing risk, giving participants understanding of the challenges, choices and compromises necessary to manage deepwater well projects.

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Geomechanics for Drilling

The geomechanics training program for drilling provides a combination of training classes for drilling engineers to provide an integrated learning experience combining geomechanics domain, pore pressure, drilling hazards and software classes. It is tailored to help a drilling department working with an asset team to integrate geomechanics into their well delivery workflows, both in the planning phase and in the operations phase.

Description of course progression

  • Fundamentals of geomechanics introduces the subject and its various applications in the petroleum cycle from exploration, appraisal through to development and production
  • The Pore pressure and/or Geohazards courses focus on pore pressure and drilling hazard studies necessary for efficient planning and safe drilling of planned wells The stuck-pipe and Hole cleaning class brings the wellbore stability theory from the fundamental geomechanics class into the drilling context of hole cleaning practices and drilling optimization
  • The advanced geomechanics class covers specialized topics related to geomechanics aspects of lost circulation, wellbore strengthening, bit-rock interaction and drilling fluids
  • The Techlog pore pressure and wellbore stability class provides hands-on training on the Schlumberger software technology to provide well-centric geomechanics modeling capabilities.

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