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Drilling Optimization Training

World Leading Complex Drilling Course

To highlight high angle drilling risks, provide solutions and up-skill in the latest ERD innovations.

For Drill Crews to Senior Management.

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Course Overview

Painful experience has shown that even the most robust drilling programme can fail through incorrect implementation techniques.

Due to the increased challenges and numerous procedural revisions associated with high angle wells, educating personnel on how to identify issues before they become problems is crucial in delivering a successful deviated well.

Invest in yourself, your team and ultimately your results by attending Merlin ERD's Horizontal & High Angle Operations & Engineering Training Course.

What Will I Learn?
  • How to determine the maximum reach from your location
  • Key planning considerations to delivering trouble free wells
  • Root cause of problems encountered in high angle wells
  • Identifying minimum equipment specifications for ERD projects
  • What others are doing around the world to assure success
  • Latest tools and techniques used to reliably deliver ERD projects
  • How to minimise downtime due to 3rd party tools

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ERD Quiz

Test your knowledge of ERD with these 10 multiple choice questions

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1. At what frequency should torque & drag measurements be taken while drilling the second well of the development project? (1 correct answer)
2. What part of the "S-shape" well normally has the highest rate of casing wear? (1 correct answer)
3. 9-⅝”, 43.5, L-80, VAM TOP Casing is selectively floated on a high angle well (12-1/4” HS 24,000 ft / 7,300 m MD; 15,000ft / 4,573 m TVD). 11.0 ppg / 1.32 s.g. oil based mud, 73° Inclination. Which of the risks below would be of most concern whilst running the casing? (1 correct answer)
4. How many heavy weight drill pipe joints should be run below the jar on an ERD bottom hole assembly when drilling an 8-1/2” hole section at 66° inclination? (1 correct answer)
5. A 12-1/4" hole section of an ERD well (75° inclination) is drilled with 1,200 GPM / 4,550 LPM & 160 RPM. There is a constant flow of cuttings on the shakers and torque & drag data follow the expected trend. What is the average cuttings bed height in the tangent section of the well? (1 correct answer)
6. Where in the well will tortuousity or high dog legs lead to the highest surface torque when the bit is rotated at planned well TD? (1 correct answer)
7. At what inclination is the hole hardest to clean? (1 correct answer)
8. During what conditions will barite sagging be the highest?  (1 correct answer)
9. After drilling a 12-1/4” hole section on an ERD well, 4 x bottoms up are circulated at TD with parameters above hole cleaning thresholds. After the 2nd bottoms up the shaker hand reported the decrease in cuttings to a background level, which remained the same for the rest of circulation. Is it safe to start pulling out of hole on elevators? (1 correct answer)
10. What is the main downside of drill pipe sinusoidal buckling? (1 correct answer)