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Course Overview

The process of drilling an oil and gas well will be outlined. We will look at the surface equipment, downhole technologies and associated safety issues. Drilling fluids, casing and cementing the well, directional drilling etc. will be investigated

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr James Ing

Qualification Prerequisites


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Course Description

The course provides students with an overview of rotary drilling system and associated drilling components. The types, selection and characteristics of drilling fluids are discussed, and the analysis of the flow of drilling fluids during drilling is presented. Strategies for the selection and design of casings, cementing methodologies as well as design and configuration of completion systems are introduced, with emphasis on safety implications. Challenges of directional and horizontal drilling methods and associated technologies are discussed. Students will learn the common issues in drilling operations, including drilling remediation and environmental impact and considerations.

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

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%), continuous assessment (20%). The continuous assessment will comprise of laboratory practical on drilling fluids and a piece of written work consisting of a case study. Resit: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%), continuous assessment (20%). In case of noncompletion or failure of the laboratory portion of the continuous assessment, stundents will be able to submit an equivalent written assignment.

Formative Assessment

Weekly tutorial question sheets covering core concepts in course.


a) Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions. b) Tutorial answer sheets will be posted in advance of the exam, and discussed during tutorial sessions. c) Students requesting feedback on their performance in the exam should make an appointment during the scheduled feedback session which will be announced within 4 weeks of the publication of the exam results.

Course Learning Outcomes


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