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Why should you enrol onto the Fundamentals of Marine Drilling course...
The indispensable online marine drilling course

Delivering knowledge and techniques you can implement straight away.

An introduction to Marine Drilling in 12 weeks

Suitable for exploration & production professionals, technical employees as well as oil & gas engineers. This is the course for you!

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The flexible, accessible, cost and time effective global classroom.

Just some of the reasons why it is the best education solution for you.

Marine Drilling: In-company training for your business

Distance learning, instructor led workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery for corporate groups.

Learn about this important sector of oil and gas production from IBC Academy by comprehensive part-time distance learning - study while you work

Fundamentals of Marine Drilling - programme overview

More than a third of oil and gas comes from offshore developments. This will increase in the future as the search for hydrocarbons extends into deeper and more remote subsea fields, and deepwater activities are the fastest growing sector of offshore energy sector.

For a more detailed look at the syllabus, download the Marine Drilling prospectus here.

This popular professional development training explores the marine drilling sector as a central part of any offshore development, both in the exploration and production phases. The course delivers a comprehensive A-to-Z explanation of offshore drilling as part of the full subsea field development process. Drilling rig components and marine drilling systems are explained in detail, as well as methods of rig mooring and positioning, issues of drilling safety and blowout prevention. New drilling approaches and highly automated rigs are discussed, with examples and case studies from field developments around the world.

Also available for dedicated in-company delivery by distance learning or instructor led workshops

The Fundamentals of Marine Drilling materials, available online and for download to study offline, are filled with up-to-date, practical knowledge, richly illustrated with case studies, images and diagrams. The distance learning format lets you extend your knowledge wherever you are in the world, without taking time away from work.

Expert tutorial support from the Course Director is available throughout the course via the online forum, where you can ask questions, participate in discussions and also network with your fellow students from across the globe.

This practical course will enable you to:

  • Identify and explain the drilling rig components and marine drilling systems in detail
  • Analyse different methods of rig mooring and positioning
  • Explore issues of drilling safety and blowout prevention
  • Discover new drilling approaches and highly automated rigs
  • Define and describe all the major rig drilling types including:
    - Jack-up drilling rigs
    - Semi-submersible drilling rigs
    - Drillships
    - Drilling barges
    - Tender assisted drilling rigs

Your path to getting ahead

Over 12 weeks, this distance learning programme demystifies the hardware involved in marine drilling, and how it is used in the exploration and production of offshore oil and gas.

It will benefit anyone involved in land drilling needing an introduction to marine operations; those new to the field seeking an introduction to key equipment and terminologies; or non-technical professionals in the oil and gas industry wanting an overview of the technology and principles of offshore drilling.

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