Managing Drilling Operations

3 Days
Dr. Qamar Sharif
Oil and Gas Industry Executive

About Course

This course is designed for the rig supervisors and drilling engineers progressing into mid-level management roles with additional responsibilities, such as, drilling superintendent and drilling managers.

Prerequisite Courses

Knowledge of drilling operations, rig operations, well planning and commonly used terminology

Skills Gained

On completion of this course the participents will be able to fully understand the following:

  • Role of drilling in field evaluation and development
  • Drilling operations policies
  • Emergency / Contingency planning
  • Drilling contracts and tendering
  • Check list for rig selection and acceptance
  • Optimization of drilling operations
  • Drilling problem-solving
  • Project management

Who Can Benefit

The following oil and gas company personnel / drilling contractor staff will benefit from the knowledge shared in this course:

  • Rig Foreman / Drilling Supervisor
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Tool Pushers
  • Rig managers
  • Drilling Contracts staff

Course Outline

The role of drilling in Field Evaluation and Development
The chronological basis of field development

  • Exploration
  • Evaluation
  • Development
  • Production
  • Abandonment
  • Operating company organizational structure

Introduction to Geology for Drilling Technologists

  • The relationship between geology and drilling technology
  • Geological time
  • Rock types
  • Structural geology
  • Hydrocarbon accumulation criteria
  • Generation of hydrocarbons from organic matter
  • Exploration techniques
  • The application of geological technology for drilling engineers

Drilling Operations Policies

  • Policy Document Layout
  • Example of Drilling Operations Policy Document

Emergency Contingency Planning

  • Contingency Plan Objectives
  • Classification and Origin of Emergencies
  • Protection, Prevention and Preparation
  • Manual Preparation
  • Organizational Requirements
  • Contingency Actions
  • Auditing Effectiveness

Drilling Economics

  • Cost Specifications
  • Cost Breakdown of Drilling Operations
  • Authorization for Expenditure (AFE)
  • Cost Control During Drilling

Drilling Contracts and Tendering

  • Contract Types
  • Contract Format and Management
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Contract Tendering
  • Working with Drilling Contractors

Well Planning

  • Well Delivery Process
  • Well Details
  • Well Objectives
  • Casing Design
  • Wellhead Selection
  • BOP Requirements
  • Cementing Program
  • Deviation Program
  • Survey Requirements
  • Mud Program
  • Bit and Hydraulic Program
  • Evaluation Requirements
  • Operational Procedures and Time-Depth graph
  • Site Plan
  • Reporting Requirements and Contact Numbers


  • Drilling Log
  • Mud Logging
  • Coring
  • Measurements-While-Drilling (MWD)
  • Wireline Logging
  • Well Testing

Rig Selection

  • General Specifications
  • Specifications of a Land Rig
  • Specifications of an Offshore Rig

Rig Acceptance

  • Preparing for Rig Acceptance on a Working Rig
  • Preparing for Rig Acceptance on a Cold Stacked Rig
  • Checking Procedure
  • Check-List for Rig Acceptance
  • Blowout Preventers (BOPs)
  • Subsea TV
  • Marine Equipment
  • Rig Power, Electrical & Mechanical Equipment

Drilling Optimization

  • Estimating ROP and Technical Limits
  • Building on Learning Curve
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Managing risks, reducing unscheduled events, technical limits, and drilling well on paper techniques
  • ROP enhancing Techniques, Hole Cleaning, Drilling Dynamics and Remote Monitoring

Drilling Problem-solving

  • Problem Solving Mechanics
  • Lost Circulation
  • Stuck Pipe

Drilling Project Management

  • Planning a Land well
  • Planning Offshore Drilling

Class Schedule