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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course aims to cover the main aspects of drilling and well engineering whilst remaining focused on licensing and regulatory frameworks. This will include long-term views on tendering and technique development.  Another key aspect of this course will be the issue of communication between geoscientists and engineers.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Muirhead

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1. Rig equipment and service provision(decision process dependant on location, alongside licensing reviews and contracts) 2. Well engineering 3. Well design and drilling fluids (including drill bits, string design, directional and casing & cementing) 4. Impact of drilling fluids on real-time data acquisition. 5. Dual gradient drilling techniques 6. Stuck pipe and prevention 7. Well control 8. Formation evaluation and interpretation (dicussion of techniques used for appraisal and overview of gamma, resistivity, gas applications) 9. Completions 10. Well types and complexities 11. Technology R&D and patent disclosure timeline.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

100% in course assessment including, a mixture of presentations, group work, including assignments and in some classes small class tests.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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