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Advanced Drilling Technology

Locations Offered

Albuquerque Training Center

Houston Training Center

Trinidad Training Center

Other Course Information

Daily Course Schedule

MDS Objective

The ADT course is Part 2 of the two-part series in drilling technology. Participants are recommended to complete the PDT course and a supervisory level well control course prior to enrolling in the ADT. This course is ideal for drillers, toolpushers, rig managers, wellsite leaders, superintendents, and engineers. The ADT covers some advanced well control methods, but does not include well control certification. MDS offers Well Control classes for IADC WellSharp and IWCF certification at Levels 2, 3, and 4.

The following topics are covered in the ADT course:
  • Pre-Spud Meeting
  • Communication
  • Hole Trends
  • Problem Solving Model
  • Drill String Design
  • Casing & Cementing
  • Drillout Considerations
  • Leak-Off Tests & Formation Integrity Tests
  • Tripping
  • Limitations to Control Capability
  • Salt Water Flows & Kick Identification
  • Advanced Methods of Well Control (Drillerís, Wait & Weight, Modified Wait & Weight, Volumetric & Lubrication)
  • Underground Blowouts
  • Lost Circulation from Propagation Losses
  • Deviation & Stuck Pipe
  • Freeing Techniques
  • Kick-Off Plugs
  • Advanced Mud & Advanced Mud Solids
  • Hydraulics
  • Top Hole Cleaning
  • Shallow Gas & Diverting
  • Causes of Abnormal Pressure
  • Well Control Red Flags & Transition Zone Indicators
  • Logging & Perforating
  • High Pressure High Temperature Considerations
  • Shales
  • BOP Equipment Considerations
  • Subsea Equipment Considerations
  • Gas Cap Drilling
  • Squeezing for Holes in Shoes & Top of Liners
  • Liner Cementing
  • Production Squeezes


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