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In the light of the current outbreak of COVID 19 across Europe, we have prepared an option to accommodate those delegates who will not be allowed to travel. The situation might fully be under control by the time when the training is planned to run, however we want to make sure everyone will get the same chance to take part in this unique training course.

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  • Kevin Gray
  • Black Reiver Consulting, United Kingdom
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  • Dave Wilson
  • Black Reiver Consulting, United Kingdom
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Course description

This course will deliver an advanced understanding of modern directional drilling techniques and the industry standards used in well placement. The evolution of directional drilling tools and techniques that are used to achieve high accuracy well positioning are detailed with reference to the fundamental engineering that underlies the equipment we work with, and the procedures and practices we work to. 

This is very much an operationally focused course which looks to deliver a detailed understanding of not just the narrow field of the Directional Driller’s work, but all the associated areas of risk that can result from the practices, tools and techniques that they may use. The knowledge from this course can be directly applied to ongoing drilling operations or future well planning and will have a dramatic impact on drilling performance.

All the topics are placed in their operational context and an understanding of how each topic is inter-related with the other subject areas in the course is developed throughout the week. Throughout the course areas in which directional drilling can adversely impact the well cost or increase the well risk are detailed and the mitigations for these risks are discussed.

Course format

This practical advanced training puts together a unique combination of 8 lectures and 8 practical exercises. The participants at this training will spend the equal time on theory and lectures as well as on specific practical exercises where we will dive deep into the issues concerning the directional, horizontal, multilateral and extended reach drilling with the goal of solving specific practical assignments and thus turning the training from theory to complete practice. The uniqueness of this format and the practical hands-on training delivery provides unmatched learning opportunities and unparalleled experience with the goal of enabling participants to acquire practical knowledge they will be able to apply in their organizations.

8 Lectures

How Do We Know Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Tools and Equipment
How Do We Steer the Well
Torque and Drag
Rotary BHA
Safety in Steering Wells
Understanding Risks and Drilling Limits
Drilling Optimisation

8 Practical Exercises

Critical Rig Operational Checks
Rigsite Operations of the Directional Driller
Toolface Understanding and Control
Plotting Torque & Drag and Understanding the T&D Plots
BHA Design Examples & Hole Cleaning Demonstrations
Traveling Cylinder Plots and Plotting on Well Plots
Rigfloor Preparation and Drilling Activities
Shock and Vibration Demonstrations

Key Takeaways

Why life threatening well to well collisions happen and how even large technically driven companies make mistakes. You will be given the knowledge to understand how to avoid these catastrophic events.
How the role of the Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Surveying Accuracy has shaped the requirements for modern well placement. You will understand what these standards are and why we must work to them.
When to use high cost technology like rotary steerable systems and when these systems add little value.
Extended Reach and Horizontal Drilling, how to push the drilling envelope further and increase the drilling radius of any rig to deliver more fluids back to the asset.
How to use the evolving science of Geomechanics alongside the increasing volume of Formation evaluation while drilling data available in real time to deliver substantially lower NPT on any drilling project.
How to work with a geology team to geo-place or geosteer a well path within specific lithology’s or a specific fluid type.

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