OFITE presents drilling and completion fluids seminars and schools at our facility in Houston, Texas. Classes are led by David Breeden, a consultant with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of drilling fluids technology, marketing, R&D, and operations.
Who Should Attend
These classes are designed for drilling and completion engineers, geologists, rig supervisors, chemical sales representatives, R&D technologists, oilfield managers and supervisors, supply-chain personnel, and service company personnel. Classes meet the needs of a broad range of interests. Attendees can choose the class level that best fits their requirements, from basic information to advance mud technology.
NOTE: These are not mud schools needed to qualify a person as a mud engineer, but rather classes that provide industry information through a combination of lecture and laboratory exercises.
Drilling is a complex operation requiring the combination of different technologies and disciplines. Today’s drilling personnel must have a working knowledge of drilling fluids in order to effectively drill a well. This course covers all aspects of drilling fluids technology, emphasizing both theory and practical application. Hands-on laboratory exercises are included.All pricing subject to change without notice.
- Use clays and polymers to achieve desired mud properties
- Apply water chemistry to the treatment of drilling fluids
- Perform complete API drilling fluids tests and evaluate the results
- Identify drilling fluid contaminants and develop corrective treatments
- Select water phase salinity and activity for bore hole stability
- Select non-aqueous fluids to meet drilling and environmental requirements
- Manage non-aqueous drilling fluid systems
- Minimize formation damage to optimize well production
We are postponing all in-house training classes until we have more information regarding restrictions due to COVID-19.
How to Register
Please pre-register for classes here, and a representative will contact you. All schools and seminars include lunches, training handouts, and a copy of the slide presentations.
The course costs $3,950 per student. There is a 10% discount for additional attendees from one company.
- Brief introduction to drilling for those new to the industry: rig and equipment description, casing usage, shale play, and conventional sand drilling locations
- Functions of drilling fluids
- API specifications
- Mud report
- Drilling fluid testing protocols
- Equipment: density and rheology
- Lab: sequence of fluids for drilling a conventional well
- Drilling fluid products, systems, and chemistry
- Types of fluids
- Conventional products for aerated/foamed muds, water-based muds, non-aqueous
- muds, and completion fluids
- Brief introduction to clay chemistry
- API chemistry procedures
- Equipment: API fluid loss testing
- Lab: product usage in water-based muds
- Hydraulics and rheology
- Discussion of rheological models and fluid flow
- ECD, carrying capacity, hole clean efficiency, SAG
- Equipment: HTHP fluid loss testing and retorts
- Lab: observe HTHP fluid loss and retort tests
- Practical drilling fluid technology
- Solids control: theory, function, and equipment
- HSE and waste management
- Drilling fluid engineering
- Pressure control: normal and abnormal pressures
- Permeability: Darcy’s law
- Lost circulation
- Wellbore strengthening
- Wellbore stability
- Wellbore stability testing equipment
- Differential sticking