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Operational Drilling Technology

Locations Offered

Albuquerque Training Center

Houston Training Center

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Why Attend?

Who Should Attend?

Certification Offered

Daily Course Schedule

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.




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