New: Practice Online Exam!
IADC is now making available an online WellSharp Practice Exam to help those trainees who have test
anxiety and want to become more familiar with the process of taking an online WellSharp exam. Four exams
are currently available: Driller-Surface Stack, Driller-Combination Stack, Supervisor-Surface Stack, and
Supervisor-Combination Stack. For access to these exams, go to the website listed below.
MDS Objective & Philosophy
Our objective is to teach drilling practices and problems
from spud to completion for all levels from assistant driller to drilling manager. The course is taught by
hole-intervals starting with top-hole problems related to big-hole and normal pressure. After an appropriate
casing string has been set, drilling continues into the abnormal pressure zone and heavy mud practices and
problems are discussed. Well control is introduced as one of the drilling problems and taught by hole-interval,
with training enhanced by hands-on simulator practice. Associated problems such as lost circulation and stuck
pipe are discussed along with well control.
IADC WellSharp Supervisor and IWCF Level 4 Well Control certifications are offered. Students must select which
certification they desire when enrolling in the course. Individual student evaluation reports are written at the
end of the session and these, along with the extensive workshops and exercises required, enable the instructor to
assess the studentís operational or technical strengths or weaknesses.
The Murchison Drilling School philosophy and
approach to Drilling Technique Training evolved to meet the needs of operational people. The MDS trains people
how to supervise every facet of the drilling operation. Too often a gap exists between the theoretical approach
and practical application, a gap that prohibits effective communications and effective cost-control.
The Murchison approach is realistic, designed to capitalize on the varied educational backgrounds of our
students, and to blend the knowledge and experience they bring to us. Classes include contractor drillers,
toolpushers, drilling superintendents, engineers and operator representative personnel. All combine to approach
drilling operations as a team.
Our approach presents each drilling practice or problem in the same sequence
as it would occur on the rig. Problems or operational practices are introduced and reintroduced by hole intervals
as students "drill a theoretical hole" through the use of a simulator.
HOW WE TEACH THE COURSE:
A. By Hole Interval
Our objective is
to teach drilling practices and problems from spud to completion for all levels from assistant driller to
drilling manager. The course is taught by hole intervals starting with top hole problems related to big hole and
normal pressure. After an appropriate casing string has been set, drilling continues into the abnormal pressure
zone and heavy mud practices and problems are discussed. Well control is introduced as one of the drilling
problems and taught by hole interval, with training enhanced by hands-on simulator practice. Associated problems
such as lost circulation and stuck pipe are discussed along with well control.
B. By Actual Case Histories
Bill Murchison has over fifty years of drilling operations experience. One of the keys to his success in the
training business is directly related to the comprehensive set of case histories he has collected in his career.
Bill kept detailed records of wells, their problems, causes and events that led to the problems, successful and
unsuccessful attempts to correct the problems, and outcomes. These case histories help students understand what
they are learning and how to apply their knowledge in their own operations.
C. With Multi-Media Presentations
MDS invested in developing a full set of PowerPoint slides for the students. Principles, formulas, charts,
and illustrations were created to graphically convey the lectures and enhance learning. Additionally, students
are given handouts of the PowerPoint to help them follow along and to facilitate better note taking.
MDS also uses videos, audio-visual slide presentations and computer-animated presentations in their
course. The varying multi-media presentations keep students alert, interested and enhance their ability to
grasp the material.
D. With Homework
Daily homework is given to students to reinforce
what is taught during the lectures. Students have the opportunity to ask questions about specific problems before
submitting their homework. The homework is turned in each morning, graded and then returned to the students. The
homework gives regular feedback to the instructor, lets him know how well the students are grasping the
material, and what areas need to be reviewed.
The homework is usually performed in groups. The students
are encouraged to work together and help one another. They gain from each others experiences and expertise as
they work together. Conference rooms are provided to the students at the hotel to facilitate the groups working
together on the homework.
E. With Well Control Simulators
Well control simulators are used to teach both offshore well control and land operation well control.
Students work in teams and alternate roles so that they learn the varying responsibilities of the tool pusher,
driller and foreman. Students must prepare kill sheets prior to their simulator time. Students are graded on
their well control simulator work and this goes into their final grade and evaluation.
F. With Lectures And Discussions
The course is taught using a combination of both lectures and discussions. The discussions help the
students glean from the wealth of experience that the other students have. Students come from all different
parts of the world and from many different drilling operations. The discussions also help the students to
participate in the learning experience.
G. With Testing And Evaluation
Students are given an initial test before the course begins and a final exam upon completion of the course.
Students are also graded on their homework and their well control simulator work. A studentís final grade is
determined by looking at all the homework assignments and tests. Students are then evaluated by comparison to
the industry average, the class performance and by their individual improvement during the course. (Industry
averages for these tests have been kept for the past 27 years.)
The student evaluations are sent to the
management of the participating companies. The testing and evaluation gives companies very objective and useful
evaluation of their personnel.