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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

This course aims to cover the main aspects of drilling and well engineering in the petroleum industry. This will include an in-depth look at drilling techniques and technologies. 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Stephen A. Bowden

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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