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Why should you enrol onto the Fundamentals of Marine Drilling course...

Marine Drilling - a detailed analysis, delivered online over 12 weeks

Fundamentals of Marine Drilling - course content

Marine drilling is a central part of any offshore development, both in the exploration and production phases. In offshore projects, drilling may represent 25 to 40% of the total spend, with some new deepwater fields having up to 100 wells. This distance learning course gives a comprehensive explanation of drilling as part of the full field development process.

For full course details and fee information, please download the prospectus here.

All the major rig drilling types are defined and their operations described, including:

Background to Marine Drilling

  • Background and history of marine drilling
  • Reservoir and exploration activities
  • Shallow and deep water drilling requirements
  • Drilling costs
  • Rig utilisation
  • Well testing
  • Well plugging
  • Drilling offshore wells
    - Platform wells
    - Typical subsea wells
    - Tubular casing programme
    - Drilling the subsea well
    - Drilling support activities
    - Personnel: key roles and functions

Mobile Marine Drilling Rigs

  • Jack-up drilling rigs
  • Semi-submersible drilling rigs
  • Drillships
  • Shallow water drilling barges
  • Tender assisted drilling barges
  • Specifications, functions and examples

Drilling Rig Components

  • Basic rig components
  • Rig floor operations and layout
  • Derricks
  • Drawworks
  • Pipe handling and tubular storage
  • Rotary table drilling
  • Top drive drilling
  • Drillstring components
  • Drillbits
  • Drillpipe, drill collar, stabilisers, reamers, measurement and logging systems
  • Drilling muds
  • Cementing
  • Casing
  • Bottom hole assemblies
  • Horizontal drilling
  • Well control

Marine Drilling Systems

  • Drilling from platforms
    - Dry tree production hosts
    - Fixed platforms
    - SPARS
    - Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs)

  • Subsea equipment and marine risers
    - Drilling templates and pre-drilling templates
    - Temporary and permanent guide base
    - The wellhead/casing hanger system
    - Subsea blow out preventer (introduction)
    - Lower marine riser package
    - Marine riser
    - Riser tensioning system
    - Motion compensator

Mobile Rig Station Keeping and Blow Out Preventer Systems

  • Drilling rig station keeping
    - Moored systems
    - Mooring line design
    - Mooring line installation
    - Dynamic Positioning (DP)
    - DP thrusters
    - DP control
    - Regulations and guidelines
    - Conventional mooring v. DP systems

  • Blow Out Preventer (BOP)
    - Blow outs and kicks
    - Functions
    - BOP hardware
    - Regulations and testing
    - Annular BOPs
    - BOP stacks
    - Choke and kill functions

  • Offshore safety

Field Development and Advanced Drilling Approaches

  • Fields developed with wet and dry tree systems
  • Advanced drilling approaches
  • Examples of sixth generation drill rigs
  • Dual activity drilling rigs
  • Batch drilling
  • Drill through Xmas trees
  • New drilling vessel concepts

For full course details and fee information, please download the prospectus here.

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Praise for the course:

"This course has given me a broad view of how marine drilling operates. I would recommend it for all personnel with responsibility, either in full or in part, for marine drilling"
Fikie Eliantho
Marine Logistic Services QA/QCChevron Indonesia Company

Course Director

John Preedy PhD


Azur Offshore

For full details, see Course Director Biography