Well control: Advanced equipment and scenario training

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The Well Academy and Lloyd's Register Energy – Drilling have joined forces to offer the drilling industry a new advanced equipment and scenario well control training program. This program provides a unique combination of the Well Academy's scenario-based well control training combined with Lloyd's Register's advanced well control equipment training.

This team-based training offers delegates advanced well control theory and equipment modules that are delivered in an interactive manner and apply to both surface and subsea rig operations. Delegates are introduced to the principles of Crew Resource Management (CRM) which they then apply in team-based scenario exercises on a full-sized well control simulator. During these simulated sessions, teams demonstrate their procedural competency and theoretical and equipment knowledge gained whilst applying CRM concepts.

The course program is in line with recommendations regarding effective development and application of crew resource management, by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP reports 476, 501, 502).

Who Should Attend

Although there is no hard pre-requisite, delegates are expected to have basic well control knowledge (International Well Control Forum - IWCF/International Association of Drilling Contractors - IADC level 3 or 4). Ideally, rig teams are trained in their normal setup, with the following positions attending:

  • (Assistant) Drillers (level 3)
  • Toolpushers (Level 4)
  • Rig Managers (Level 4)
  • Drilling supervisor/Company men (Level 4)
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Drilling Managers
  • Operations Managers

Course Structure

The program includes classroom tutoring, case studies and simulated activities. The course content goes beyond basic well control knowledge and includes topics that have not been previously covered in IWCF/IADC certified courses. The team-based scenario exercises involve a high level of interaction and teamwork. There is no written or practical exam; instead each delegate is assessed on his or her technical and non-technical competence. We can modify this program to suit individual client requirements.

Course Content

A selection of the following topics forms the basis for the program content. These topics are delivered by means of classroom tutoring, case studies and team-based simulator exercises:

  • Volumetric stripping
  • Barrier management
  • Gas migration
  • Displacement/circulation
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Industry norms and standards
  • Testing procedures

Introducing and incorporating crew resource management (human factors) elements:

  • Situational awareness
  • Decision-making
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Stress and fatigue

These topics are delivered by several experienced and qualified instructors, i.e.: Equipment experts, well control instructors and CRM experts.

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