Drilling Academy

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Drilling Academy

“Everybody on our course was very impressed”

“It is a fantastic opportunity to go to the simulator prior to work with the MPD system in real life, it is as close as it gets, a fantastic simulator and it gives you the finger touch you need before hand.”

“I think you did a really good job for us in there and I would for sure recommend your course for everybody that are going to work with the MPD system.”

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“Being an instructor on the hiDRILL simulators is a great pleasure since it’s just like the real world.”

Drilling Instructor

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Some of our clients

  • Statoil
  • Lundin
  • Total
  • Wintershall
  • VNG
  • Maersk
  • BPAker
  • TransOcean
  • Halliburton
  • M-I Swaco
  • KCA Deutag
  • Schlumberger
  • Weatherford

Cost saving opportunity

We prepare your people to drill cheaper by training them to improve safety, awareness and individual and team performance. More than 80% of recoverable incidents are directly related to human behaviour: lack of knowledge, misunderstanding or neglect of procedures, poor communication or management, etc. Our focus is to reduce your drilling time by improving the technical and non-technical skills of your teams. We want you to gain experience on your own well before drilling it. Thanks to our simulators we “bring your rig into the classroom”, turning theory into practice. Our hiDRILL wellSIM simulators emulate your rig, control system and well, so you train on a mirror of your own well.

Now the drilling crew can drill the exact well they are going to drill offshore, verify the procedures and test the third party system. They execute under stress realistic On-the-Job Training (OJT) without paying rig rental. Our training reduces accidents by more than 50%, increases team efficiency by 30% and decreases the number of OJT days by 50%. By training with us, you save costs and at the same time, you enhance safety and operational efficiency. We are one of the most cost-efficient solutions for today’s situation.

With the high costs of offshore development today, the significant value added from incident free and efficient operations provided by our training is immediate and substantial for any oil and gas player.

Unique training realism

Combining our technology and service partners, we create the most advanced and realistic dynamic drilling training on the market today. We deliver high-value simulator training and competence programs, based on procedures or incidents, which cover both technical and non-technical skills. We are turning theory into practice before reaching the rig. Our training focus is “learning by doing” using our dynamic hiDRILL wellSIM simulators to develop hands-on drilling experience and capacities, specifically set for teams in order to achieve operational excellence. “Learning by experience” is our mantra. Now the drilling crew can drill the exact well they are going to drill offshore, verify the procedures, test the third party systems and execute realistic On-the-Job Training without paying rig rental.

The hiDRILL wellSIM is a world leading drilling simulator. It offers a unique downhole and topside dynamic modelling and visualization in real time, which reacts to the crew input as it is offshore. Its realism has been proven through years of field verification. To achieve this result, Oiltec Solutions has, in cooperation with SINTEF (Sintef Petroleum research AS) and eDrilling, spent years of modelling and software development to develop the first “Top of the Derrrick to the Drillbit”, fully visualized and real time topside and downhole simulator.

Our simulator is aimed at challenging drilling and well operations, and is able to handle advanced and unconventional operations. Our simulator can be set up to meet any demand (client specific procedures, well data, team behaviour) and its well design can be tailored. With our programs, they will test their abilities to work together, and their skills on well data interpretation under stress.

Our instructors and facilities

The instructors we provide have extensive training experience and well proven competences to ensure they deliver a high quality course. They are accredited by IADC, IWCF & Achilles.

Oiltec Solutions’ Drilling Academy (previously known as Drilling & Well Competence Academy) provides two training hubs, located in Stavanger (Norway) and Houston (USA). Our fixed facilities are equipped with our dynamic hiDRILL wellSIM simulators, enabling to meet your offshore challenges with the best solution on the market. We also have mobile drilling simulators (MDS), fully equipped (driller and assistant driller chairs with touch screens and 3-screen visual theatre), allowing you to train your crews on-site with our hiDRILL wellSIM simulator.

Key simulation features

1. The hydraulic flow module calculates the effect of the hydraulics throughout the circulation system. This model is ensuring we get the correct output values to the downhole torque and drag model.

2. The downhole torque and drag module is already in use in offshore installations and as such is a valued and effective system. The system ensures a real-time feedback, giving operators an early warning system of issues in the well.

3. The topside model consists of driller and assistant driller chairs, a large visualization of the drill floor and derrick as well as several separate monitors, with details of pumps, valves, etc.


We deliver advanced training based upon our unique dynamic hiDRILL wellSIM simulators, enabling leading E&P companies, operators and service companies to improve safety, increase efficiency, performance and save costs of their drilling and well operations.


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Drilling and well competence programs:

Introduction to Drilling (ID)

Purpose
To give the professional drilling crews, as well as non-drill people related to drilling operations (engineers, planners, HSE, etc.), an overview of the practical aspects of the rig operations. To obtain a basic understanding of the processes and challenges during standard drilling operations.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical discussions with the attendees
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and for well control, including lessons learnt and guidelines
  • Introduction to the recognized well control methods: drillers method, wait & weight method, bullheading, volumetric method and stripping)
  • Introduction to signals on the surface caused by incidents in the well
  • Briefing related to the training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Practical training scenarios for the attendees on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe the well design principles and drilling technology
  • Identify and explain the signals and behaviour from drilling a well

Admission requirements
People with basic knowledge of drilling and well control. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 1 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

Conventional Drilling (CD)

Purpose
To give the professional drilling crew extended understanding of the processes and challenges during standard drilling operations. Conventional Drilling is the cornerstone in everything we do. Everything from rig floor training with Drilling Control and Data Acquisition (DCDA) interaction to stored or customized downhole cases is our expertise. Our drilling simulator is used for a numerous applications based on your requirements. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator.To use the technical capabilities of the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator to enhance and learn leadership and compliance in order to perform safe and efficient conventional drilling operations. Our aim is course have the purpose to bring the drilling crew into performance-mode before drilling the wells.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and for well control, including lessons learnt and guidelines
  • Introduction to the recognized well control methods: drillers method, wait & weight method, bullheading, volumetric method and stripping)
  • Combating hydrate formation problems in the choke manifold
  • Introduction to signals on the surface caused by influx in the well
  • Restrictions and procedures for the specific well
  • Briefing related to the training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Practical training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe conventional well design principles and drilling technology
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behaviour from drilling a conventional well

Admission requirements
People with previous good foundation of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 1 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

Deep Water & High Pressure High Temperature (DW & HPHT)

Purpose
To give the professional drilling crew the necessary understanding of the processes and challenges during drilling a HPHT well. To use the advanced technical capabilities of the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator to enhance and learn leadership and compliance in order to perform safe and efficient drilling operations. The main focus for such HPHT cases will be influx situations, with focus on detection, reaction and recovery. The well model will give realistic response to dynamic changes in temperature, both directly and indirectly through fluid temperature dependent properties. Mud densities and rheologies are dependent of pressures and temperatures in the well. The effects of mud composition, mud density, mud rheology including gel properties, mud thermo-physical properties, gas solubility and fluid phase mixing and phase properties are taken into account. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator. Our aim is to bring the drilling crew into excellent performance-mode before drilling the HPHT wells.

Content

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical HPHT discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and well control
  • Briefing related to the HPHT training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Practical HPHT training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives

  • Describe HPHT well design principles and drilling technology
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behaviour from drilling a HPHT well
  • Create an environment where team members challenge existing HPHT practices
  • Discuss procedures and suggest or develop new ones that will enhance operational performance and safety
  • Identify and eliminate activities which potentially increase drilling risks
  • Openly discuss issues that impact on operational performance

Admission requirements
People with previous good knowledge of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 2 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

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Extended Reach Drilling (ERD)

Purpose
ERD is directional drilling of very long horizontal wells. The aims of ERD are: i) to reach a larger area from one surface drilling location; ii) to keep a well in a reservoir for a longer distance in order to maximize its productivity and drainage capability. Today’s challenges in ERD are hole cleaning, managing the mechanical loads on the drill string and managing downhole pressure. ERD service gives you the solutions for restricted reservoir production and to eliminate additional platforms and use land-based drilling in fields that normally would require costly offshore operations. This technology reduces well-site footprints and minimizes environmental effects while dramatically improving reservoir drainage at the least cost. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator. Our aim is to bring the drilling crew into performance-mode before drilling the ERD wells.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical ERD discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and well control
  • Briefing related to the ERD training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Practical ERD training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe ERD well design principles and drilling technology
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behaviour from drilling a ERD well
  • Create an environment where the professional drilling teams train on the ERD challenges
  • Control the downhole environment

Admission requirements
People with previous good knowledge of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 2 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

Through Tubing Rotary Drilling (TTRD)

Purpose
The development of a TTRD technology provides a more cost-effective method to increase the production from subsea wells, compared to drilling and completing new wells. Experience in TTRD wells is maturing as more wells are drilled, but they still cannot be considered routine operations, particularly in a new environment. It requires knowledge and experience of the processes and equipment involved unique to TTRD to ensure operational success. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator. Our aim is to bring the drilling crew into performance-mode before drilling the TTRD wells.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical TTRD discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and well control
  • Briefing related to the TTRD training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Challenges with using TTRD
  • Practical TTRD training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe TTRD well design principles and drilling technology
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behaviour from drilling a TTRD well
  • Apply TTRD on your own well challenges

Admission requirements
People with previous good knowledge of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 2 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD)

Purpose
Today’s difficult drilling environment make wellbore construction a challenge. Drilling hazards such as wellbore instability, lost circulation zones, over pressurized formations and shallow flows can threaten the performance and operational viability of the well. MPD is a highly successful means of mitigation for many of these problems. We have a generic MPD flow model built into the simulator. We also have the option to include the MPD providers flow model and control system in order to allow the teams a more realistic scenario and environment. our aim is to establish the critical communication routines, which such an operation is dependent on. Moreover, we introduced a relative new concept to the rig, which allows you to observe and manipulate the surface parameters and the correlating downhole behaviour. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator. Our goal is to bring the drilling crew into performance-mode before drilling the MPD wells.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical MPD discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and well control
  • Briefing related to the MPD training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Practical MPD training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe MPD well design principles and drilling technology
  • Define the company procedures for MPD Wells
  • Test and explain the 3rd Party MPD system integration
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behaviour from drilling a MPD well

Admission requirements
People with previous good knowledge of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 2 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

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Dual Gradient Drilling (DGD)

Purpose
Perhaps one of the most important ventures in the area of high-cost technologies for deepwater challenges is the development of dual gradient drilling systems (DGDSs). DGDS is often referred to as riserless drilling. A variety of new drilling technologies are being developed to address the phenomena of narrow pore-pressure/fracture-gradient windows as pore-pressure/fracture-gradient prospects are drilled in greater water depths. Amongst them, one of the more proficient types of drilling is the DGD. Although DGD has been around for years, many in the industry appear to remain unclear as to how the technology works or what it does. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator. Our aim is to bring the drilling crew into performance-mode before drilling the DGD wells.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical DGD discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and well control
  • Briefing related to the DGD training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Challenges with using DGD
  • Practical DGD training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe DGD well design principles and drilling technology
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behavior from drilling a DGD well
  • Apply DGD on your own well challenges

Admission requirements
People with previous good knowledge of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 2 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com

Coil Tubing Drilling (CTD)

Purpose
There have been numerous highly successful applications of CTD technology around the world, yet CTD is still considered as an immature new technology. Reasons for this reputation are numerous, among them: lack of understanding of CTD technology, misapplication and exaggerated expectations. However, even considering the challenges to CTD, there are certain applications in which the unique aspects and capabilities of CTD technology clearly demonstrate that it is the best tool for the job. A coiled tubing operation is normally performed through the drilling derrick on the oil platform, which is used to support the surface equipment. It is used to perform open hole drilling and milling operations. It can also be used to fracture the reservoir, a process where fluid is pressurized to thousands of psi on a specific point in a well to break the rock apart and allow the flow of product. Coil tubing can perform almost any operation for oil well operations if used correctly. The simulator wells can be made well specific, enabling the crew to drill the actual wells in the simulator. Our goal is to bring the drilling crew into performance-mode before drilling the CTD wells.

Content:

  • Introduction to the simulator system
  • Theoretical CTD discussions with the crew
  • Procedures for the drilling operations and well control
  • Briefing related to the CTD training scenarios (procedure or incident-based) and well planning
  • Challenges with using CTD
  • Practical CTD training scenarios for the crew on the hiDRILL wellSIM  simulator
  • Debriefing and lessons learned

Objectives:

  • Describe CTD well design principles and drilling technology
  • Detect, interpret and react to signals and behaviour from drilling a CTD well
  • Apply CTD to your own well challenges

Admission requirements
People with previous good knowledge of drilling and well control. The core crew of such training consists of Assistant Driller, Driller, Tool pusher and Drilling Supervisor. Maximum 8 participants.

Duration
From 2 to 3 days.

Language
English, other languages upon request.

For further information contact: academy@oiltec-solutions.com