Rig inspection workshop for land, platform and jack-up rigs


In order to ensure optimum performance of your rig, reduce downtime and maintain safety of your personnel, planned maintenance and accurate inspections are essential.

Lloyd's Register's Rig inspection workshop (RIW) teaches the inspection and maintenance procedures required to ensure equipment integrity on land rigs, platform rigs and jack-up rigs. Candidates learn to implement the relevant standards and understand industry requirements so that they can verify the condition of a rig's equipment and improve safety, thus reducing the number of accidents and protecting the asset.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at drilling supervisors, drilling engineers, drilling managers, health, safety and environmental (HSE) and rig managers, maintenance supervisors, toolpushers, drillers, mechanics and electricians.


After completing this workshop, the candidate will be able to:

  • Independently carry out a basic (visual) rig inspection
  • Describe the main inspection criteria for major equipment
  • Identify the major items that have an impact on the safety and operation of a rig
  • Recognise the indicators of the overall condition of a drilling rig
  • List the relevant standards (such as American Petroleum Institute - API) and their implications for drilling equipment
  • Understand the basics of ATEX (Equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres) certified electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres installed in hazardous areas
  • Evaluate basic maintenance and inspection procedures on the rig to identify compliance with good working practices and industry standards
  • Understand the basics of well control equipment operation

Workshop Content

This workshop deals with the most common equipment deficiencies and recurring problems found over the course of more than 5,000 drilling rig surveys performed by Lloyd's Register.

The workshop describes and explains the working principles of major drilling equipment using detailed examples from our technical inspection database.


The RIW consists of four days of interactive classroom sessions with ample time for group participation and discussion.

Additionally, we provide attendees with the following:

  • A checklist format for major equipment to assist with correct maintenance and inspections
  • Multiple examples of good and bad practices, including photos
  • Presentation of improvements and new designs of drilling equipment
  • Further explanation of the workshop manual
Day 1
Introduction and entry test
Drawworks, rotary table, top drive, swivel
Crown block, travelling block, derrick, winches Lifting and handling equipment
Day 2
Mud pumps
Mud processing equipment
Diesel engines, air compressors
Eddy current brake
Electrical safety in hazardous areas
Day 3
Ram blowout preventers (BOP) part 1 and part 2
Annular preventers, gate valves
Choke and kill manifold including the mud gas separator
General safety, pollution control, jacking systems and cranes
Day 4
BOP Hydraulic power unit (HPU)
Final exam
Course evaluation


The Rig inspection workshop is fully accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates receive a certificate of completion accredited by the IADC. This certificate is valid for five years.


The basic workshop is conducted over four days.

Additional modules may be added to the basic Rig inspection workshop to further develop candidates' knowledge in specific areas. In addition, customised workshops are available for individual companies.

Educational path

Candidates who have completed the Rig inspection workshop and would like to extend their knowledge are encouraged to attend other training academy courses and training programmes.

Please contact us for additional opportunities and training aimed at personal career development.

Scheduled dates

13/02/2017 - 16/02/2017
Houston / United States

24/04/2017 - 27/04/2017
Houston / United States

19/06/2017 - 22/06/2017
Houston / United States

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