N642 - Introduction to Onshore Drilling

Course Overview
This two-day course provides a non-technical overview of the phases, operations, and terminology used in the drilling and completion of an onshore oil or gas well. It is intended for non-drilling personnel who work with drilling professionals (e.g. accounting, administrative, and support staff, environmentalists, landmen, stock analysts, etc). No prior experience or knowledge of drilling operations is required. The course will provide participants with a better understanding of the issues faced in all aspects of onshore drilling operations. 

Participants will learn to:
•	Understand basic geology and petroleum concepts.
•	Outline the stages of planning and drilling a well and list the tools required for each stage.
•	Understand the components of a drilling rig and their purposes.
•	Identify the three basic types of drilling contracts and their methodologies.
•	Name the different personnel on the rig and their roles
•	Recognize the various types of drill bits in common use
•	Identify the types of drilling fluids, their properties and components.
•	Understand "making a connection", "tripping" and related drilling operations.
•	Explain the need for casing and cementing a well, and the methods for doing so.
•	Discuss formation evaluation from cuttings, cores and logs.
•	Understand the difference between directional and horizontal drilling, and the purpose of each along with 
        the tools used.
•	Appreciate the purpose and limitations of relief wells
•	Understand the concepts of Underbalanced Drilling and related techniques.
•	Be familiar with basic well completions.
•	Understand the types of downhole pumps used in oil production.
•	Identify the components in a service or workover rig
•	Appreciate the techniques of acidizing and hydraulic fracturing to improve well production
•	Understand the basic concepts in producing unconventional (shale) reservoirs including multistage  
        hydraulic fracturing

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
16-Oct-19 Calgary (2 days) $ 1,695 CAD
Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Basic Petroleum Geology
  • The "Well Construction" Process
  • Drilling Rig - Components and Functions
  • Drilling a Well - From Top to Bottom
  • Lease Preparation, Cellar, Conductor, Drill Bits, Drilling Fluids, Tripping, Casing, Cementing
  • Formation Evaluation (Cuttings, Logging, Coring, Drillstem Testing)
  • Directional, Horizontal and Relief Wells
  • Completions – Perforating, Hydraulic Fracturing, Acidizing

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Dick Heenan has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from McGill University in Montreal, and forty years of experience in the upstream petroleum industry in a variety of technical and managerial positions. This includes supervision of both onshore and offshore operations, domestically and internationally. His job assignments have included field supervision and project management of drilling and service rigs, testimony as an expert witness in well control (including the BP-Macondo trial), and preparation of Arctic onshore and offshore drilling and development scenarios. Mr. Heenan is a member of APEGA, and SPE. He has published papers and articles through the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers and SPE, as well as several commercial publications. Mr. Heenan currently has a private drilling and completions consulting practice based in Calgary, Alberta, providing services to a variety of corporate and government clients.

Training Venue

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).

Participant Evaluations
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October 31, 2014, Category Management Analyst-Drilling and Completion, Calgary
Overall, this is a great course. Mr. Heena has great knowledge and experience about drilling and completion. I would like to attend other courses that instruct by Mr. Heena again.
April 7, 2014, Senior Trade Advisor, Calgary
I feel it was a well done even.
April 7, 2014, Sales, Calgary
A great opportunity, for entry level employees to industry professionals, to get a high level understanding of the Drilling and Well Completion Operations with general and technical insight.
April 14, 2014, Inside Sales Representative, Calgary
The program was very informative. The course broke down everything from clearing the lease to drilling to completion and production. The course maintained your interests throughout and offered visual and physical examples of materials and tools used on location.
April 15, 2014, Account Manager, Calgary
An excellent course to get some overall knowledge of the personnel, setup, and tools used on a drilling rig. It has provided me with a good base to understand what a drilling rig looks like and how differences between vertical, directional, and horizontal drilling. A good intro to casing, downhole tools, cementing, etc. as well.
October 31, 2013, Drilling Technician II, Denver
A very good class that helps to provide in depth information on the entire process from beginning until production.
November 7, 2013, Drilling & Workover Superintendent, Denver
This course covers oil and gas from initial exploration to completion. The drilling aspect is about 1 day of the 2 day course and only touches on aspects of the drilling rig itself.
October 23, 2013, General Manager Sales, Houston
The course allowed you to gain an overall grasp of what it takes to bring a well online. What you have to plan for, what tools you need and why, and how we have developed drilling a well into the modern form it is today.
October 23, 2013, Engineer, Houston
An excellent intro to oil/gas well drilling!
October 28, 2013, VP of Business Administration and Development, Houston
October 2, 2013, Inventory Control/Accounts Receivable, Calgary
This was an extremely informative course. There was a wide spectrum of attendee's knowledge for the course - there were people who had several years experience down to me who had only 3 months working in the industry. The instructor catered for all of the attendee's experience.
October 2, 2013, Drilling Technician, Calgary
October 3, 2013, Senior Engineer, Calgary
Excellent instructor, good content.
October 4, 2013, Pipe Desk Analyst, Calgary
Overall the class was a good introduction to the oil and gas industry, a great primer for those new to the field.