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This course provides experience of working in a team by carrying out a practical well engineering design.
The design will draw on theories and concepts from courses previously and/or currently being studied by the student. This course may be accompanied by lectures from practising engineers on professional aspects of petroleum engineering design and practice. Students will be encouraged to attend relevant local meetings of professional engineering societies and institutions.
|Second Sub Session
|10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
The major component of this course is an engineering design exercise under the supervision of members of staff.
The exercise will enable students to apply their theoretical scientific and engineering knowledge to the solution of unconstrained problems in petroleum engineering.
Drilling and completion of a well require choices regarding drill bit selection, casing programme, drilling fluids and associated processing equipment, and downhole completion string and accessories. Provided with background geological and formation data, students will be required to work in teams to prepare a drilling schedule, carry out casing design, prepare the cementing programme, and design the completions string. Emphasis is on a design schedule that allows the well to be drilled with a low risk of lost circulation or borehole stability problems, while satisfying economic and safety constraints. Sources of uncertainty will need to be quantified and assumptions detailed. Casing grades and points will need to be detailed, as will the well testing and logging schedules with justification.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Assessment is by continuous assessment, which is primarily based on a progress report (15%) a final formal design report of the design exercise (70%) and oral presentation (15%).
Resit: As this is a group exercise there is no opportunity resit. Students who do not achieve the minimum pass mark at the first attempt would have to re-do the course the following year.
There will be weekly meetings with the design groups. Design group would be required to provide progress reports on the design exercise arund the half-way point of the activity.
a) Feedback on the progress of the design will be provided at the weekly meeting of the design groups with the design supervisors.
b) Assessment grade and feedback comments will be provided on the progress report within two weeks of submitting the report.c) Feedback on the oral presentation will be provided within one week of the presentation.