Introduction to Offshore 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 offshore oil or gas well. It is intended for non-drilling personnel who work in the offshore drilling industry. This includes marine and logistics personnel, accounting, administrative and support staff, environmental professionals, 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 drilling operations, with a particular focus on the unique aspects of offshore operations. 

For a course related to onshore drilling operations, we recommend the "Introduction to Onshore Drilling" course.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Basic Petroleum Geology
  • Offshore Well Construction Process
  • Drilling Rig Components and their Functions
  • Bottom Founded Offshore Rigs (types and description)
  • Drilling a Well from a Bottom Founded Rig
  • Drill Bits, Drilling Fluids, Casing and Cementing, Evaluation
  • Offshore Drilling from a Floating Rig (Drillships, Semisubmersibles)
  • Anchoring, Dynamic Positioning, Motion Compensation, Subsea BOPs, ROVs, Supply Boats, Personnel Transfer
  • Completion and Testing
  • Directional Drilling and Relief Wells
  • Offshore Production Systems
  • Offshore Pipelines

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Dick Heenan has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from McGill University in Montreal, and over twenty-five years of experience in the upstream petroleum industry in a variety of technical and managerial positions. This includes supervision of both on and offshore operations internationally. Job assignments have included field supervision of drilling and service rigs, testimony as an expert witness in well control, preparation of Arctic offshore drilling and development scenarios, and US Department of Justice Anti-Trust presentations. Mr. Heenan is a member of APEGA, SPE and the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers (CADE). He has published papers and articles through CADE and SPE, as well as several commercial publications. Mr. Heenan currently has a private drilling and completions consulting practice based in Calgary Alberta.

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 5, 2015, Personal Assistant, Houston
Very informative and moved at a quick pace.
September 2, 2014, Senior Consultant, Houston
I found this course not only incredibly helpful for my role as a management consultant within the oil and gas industry, but also extremely interesting! I would highly recommend this course or others offered by PEICE for any consultant who wants a more in-depth view of the industry. The course instructor was phenomenal, and he clearly loved the topic. I feel that I am now much more conversant in these topics and I certainly now understand at a basic level how offshore drilling works. Highly, highly recommended - a great experience and worth every penny!
August 14, 2014, Director Finance - Western Hemisphere, Houston
The course was very informative and helped me understand the basics of offshore drilling.
May 8, 2014, Senior Compliance Specialist, Houston
The course provide a valuable insight of offshore drilling operations, its challenges and the logistics necessary to drill a well. Furthermore, the course described basics geologist formation, well design, well control, completion and directional drilling for professional with none or slight knowledge of offshore operations.
May 2, 2014, Project Procurement Associate, Houston
Great introductory overview for anyone new to offshore drilling or in need of a refresher
May 2, 2014, Supply Chain Specialist, Houston
The instructor was knowledgeable, the pace just right and the environment conducive to asking questions and having them answered.
May 1, 2014, Project Financial Analyst Senior, Houston
Great class.
April 28, 2014, Administrative Assistant - E&P Drilling & Completions, Calgary
Overall good course. This has helped clear things up for me.
October 25, 2013, Manager, Houston
Very experience Instructor . Excellent Course
October 22, 2013, SHE ANALYST, Houston
Even though my background is not in Engineering or Geology, this course taught me a lot. The terms, concepts, etc. made more sense after this course.
October 16, 2013, Environmental Advisor, London
Is a good training for non-technical drilling professional which gives you a picture of the drilling offshore operations.
October 14, 2013, Lead Analyst - Financial Planning & Analysis, London
This course provides an excellent overview of exploration and production activities and an understanding of key drilling techniques and equipment for non operations people.
August 27, 2013, Developer, Houston
Very informative seminar. Gave a good overall view of offshore drilling.
August 21, 2013, Process Manager, Houston
This is an Introductory course which provides a broad brush overview of the drilling operations. I think 2 days are adequate for this type of course, although the course material could be improved on the second day to not include unrelated and superficial information, which the instructor is not familiar with. Instructor needs to be teaching drilling material only as that's where his experience and expertise are.