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Basic Drilling Awareness


This awareness level training covers the essentials of drilling, providing non-technical staff with foundation knowledge of the drilling process and the related terminology and vocabulary.

By the end of the training day, participants will have the knowledge to:

•Describe how rock, trap, seal and source are combined to in a reservoir.

•Present the rotary drilling rig with its major components

•Explain the essentials of a circulating system.

•Explain why casing and cement is used to support the wellbore.

•Present the methods of drilling directional and horizontal wells.

•Explain the major components within a basic well completion.

The training is made engaging and interactive with lectures, videos and practical examples to explain and describe the different drilling processes.


This awareness level drilling course is aimed at non-technical staff, such as those from finance, HR, supply chain, marketing and technical personnel from non-drilling disciplines such as production operations, facilities management and QHSE.


This introductory drilling course is designed to cover the following key topics:


•The context of the drilling industry: looking at the supply & demand conditions

•Drilling technology developments

•Drilling environments such as deepwater and Arctic drilling.

Essentials of Geology

•Properties that define a good reservoir, the reservoir rock, trap, seal and source

•Bbasic principles of the rock cycle

Rig type and rig selection

•Different types of drilling rig: from land rigs to the generation drill ships

•Rig selection criteria

Functions and components of a rotary drilling rig

•Primary functions of a rotary drilling rig (to provide mechanical and hydraulic energy and hoisting)

•Description of the major items of rig equipment

Drilling fluids and circulating system

•The importance of drilling fluid in maintaining wellbore stability and safety

•Description of the rig equipment

Casing and Cement

Directional drilling

•The importance of directional drilling in field productivity

•Methods of drilling a directional and horizontal well

•Using steerable motors and rotary steerable systems in conjunction with LWD.

Completions and production

•Producing hydrocarbons.

•The essential components in a completion

•The methods used to maintain production through wellbore interventions


The cost of this 1-day training course is £495 + VAT per participant.

In House Training - available worldwide

Training instructors at Aberdeen Drilling School can also deliver this course as in house training at your company premises, offering you a cost effective solution for your staff training.

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