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Drilling Fluids Technology

duration: 5 days
format: Virtual course
level: Intermediate
accreditation: CPD


The course covers all aspects of drilling fluids technology, emphasizing both theory and practical application. Drilling is a complex operation requiring the marriage of different technologies and disciplines. Today’s drilling personnel must have a working knowledge of the drilling fluid in order to effectively drill a well. The course provides the fundamentals necessary to drill a well, whether it is a shallow well or a complex, high pressure well.

Key learning objectives

  • Use clays and polymers to achieve desired mud properties
  • Apply water chemistry to the treatment of drilling fluids
  • Perform complete water-based fluid as well as non-aqueous fluid tests using API Recommended Practice 13B/ISO 10414-1
  • Evaluate and apply the results of an API drilling fluids report to maximize drilling operations and minimize non-productive time
  • Identify critical drilling fluid contaminants and prescribe corrective treatments for effective drilling fluid management
  • Calculate the chloride concentration of the drilling fluid in order to maintain wellbore stability
  • Select non-aqueous fluids to meet drilling requirements and environmental concerns
  • Manage non-aqueous drilling fluid systems
  • Minimize formation damage to optimize well producibility
  • Evaluate options for drilling fluid waste management

The course is designed for:
Drilling supervisors, drilling engineers, tool pushers, managers, and technical support personnel involved with drilling operations. This course is valuable for anyone who needs to understand the fundamental aspects of drilling fluids.

Day 1

Basics of Drilling Fluids

  • Functions of drilling fluids
  • Composition of water based mud
  • Clay chemistry
  • Rheology

After a brief introduction, the first day will focus on the basics of drilling fluids. Participants will learn about the functions of drilling fluids and the composition of water based mud. Clay chemistry and rheology will also be covered on this day.

Day 2

Water-Based & Oil Based Mud Systems

  • Products and systems
  • High performance WBM
  • Oil and synthetic based mud products and systems

Day two will cover water based muds (WBM), products and systems along with high performance WBM. The day will end with participants learning about oil and synthetic based mud products and systems.

Day 3

System Circulation and Pipe Problems

  • Lost circulation
  • Stuck pipe problems
  • HPHT challenges
  • HPHT applications and systems

On the third day, participants will learn about lost circulation and stuck pipe problems and solutions. This day will also cover high pressure and high temperature challenges, technologies, applications, and systems.

Day 4

Hole Cleaning and Completion Fluids

  • Hole cleaning
  • Virtual hydraulics and real time measurements
  • Reservoir drill-in fluid system
  • Completions fluid
  • Well clean up and displacement procedures

Day four will focus on drill care. Participants will learn about hole cleaning, hydraulics calculations, real time measurements, and reservoir drill-in fluid systems. Completion fluids, well clean up, and displacement procedures will also be covered.

Day 5

Equipment and Future Technologies

  • Solid control equipment
  • Emerging technologies
  • Course review and wrap up

The last day of the course will cover equipment and future technologies. Topics that will be covered include solid control equipment and emerging technologies. The day will end with a course review, open discussion, and course wrap up.

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