N600 Well Planning and Operations

Course Facts

Course Code:
5 days
4.0 Continuing Education Units
40 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


The course aims to give all personnel involved in drilling projects insight and practical skills in well planning and drilling operations. The importance of integration between subsurface and drilling operations will be demonstrated throughout the course.

Duration and Training Method

A five-day classroom course comprising lectures and practical exercises, the course will go through the work flow from defining a drillable target to the plugging and abandonment for an exploration well.

 Participants will learn to:

  1. Generate a detailed well design including well construction plans, risk assessments and time and cost estimates.
  2. Interpret prospect evaluation, formation evaluation and and other geological data to help define the well target.
  3. Initiate a data acquisition programme to define conceptual well planning, risk registers, drilling permits and site surveys.
  4. Generate drilling operational reports including end of well management.
  5. Establish a system of operations management incorporating logistics, incident management and related economics.

Preparations and Well Design Basis
• Prospect evaluation
• Definition of well target
• Site survey
• Preparation of geological and pore pressure prognosis
• Data acquisition program
• Getting access to rig and rig selection
• Conceptual well planning
• HSEQ-program, risk registers, consent to drill application
• Drilling permit

Well Construction and Detailed Planning
• Detailed well design (casing, mud, bottom hole assembly)
• Planning for data acquisition
• Formal Risk Assessment, Hazid
• Time and cost estimate (AFE)

Drilling Operation and Reporting
• Introduction to offshore/onshore drilling
• Operations Management
• Logistics
• Formation Evaluation

Who should attend

Geoscientists and engineers involved in well planning and drilling operations.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no geoscience prerequisites, however a basic understanding of the principles of Petroleum Geology would be advantageous and a familiarity with engineering concepts. A variety of courses link well with this course, including N601 (Drilling and Wellsite Operations) and N915 (Production Operations).