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Drilling Operations

Competency Statement:

Monitor drilling parameters and well progress. Take steps to optimize bit runs, mud system performance and directional control. Ensure HSE compliance. Anticipate drilling problems and work to minimize their impact.

Learning Objective:

Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to:
  • Optimize drilling performance through careful monitoring and analysis of well parameters.
  • Select bottomhole assembly configurations for various hole intervals and operating conditions.
  • Oversee routine cementing operations in shallow hole intervals.
  • Diagnose a stuck pipe incident and outline fishing procedures.
  • Monitor drilling parameters for indications of abnormal pore pressure and take the approriate initial actions in response to a potential kick situation.

Assignment Instruction:

The drilling crew is ready to spud Adams 8, and you are in charge of day-to-day operations. To begin this assignment, you will approve the bottomhole assembly configuration for the surface hole interval and supervise the running and cementing of a 13 3/8 inch [339.7 mm] casing string. Next, you will monitor the progress of the intermediate hole section and take steps to optimize drilling performance. Finally, you will begin drilling below the intermediate casing, paying particular attention to detecting a pressure transition zone that has already been identified at other 6th Zone wells. By way of caution, note that drilling operations do not always proceed smoothly. Although this assignment is fairly straightforward, be prepared to address problems that may occur.