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
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.
Basics of Drilling Fluids
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.
Water-Based & Oil Based Mud 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.
System Circulation and Pipe Problems
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.
Hole Cleaning and Completion Fluids
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.
Equipment and Future Technologies
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.