Advanced Well and Drilling Engineering (PET580)

Advanced Well and Drilling Engineering course provides a detailed knowledge of well & drilling engineering, technology and drilling methods. The course is designed based on theoretical and computer simulations, which would be applicable during well construction and production phase operation.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by January 20th for the spring semester.

The course provides detailed knowledge in various drilling/production phase-related problems (well integrity) including detection and solution methods, drilling systems, subsea technology, drillstring/tubing/casing mechanics and engineering designs based on various load cases, rheology, hydraulics, hole cleaning, well control design, advanced drilling methods (MPD/UBO), material testing, materials and material selection, and corrosion and coating technologies.

Adjustments to the plan may occur including elements like cementing and drill string dysfunctionalities (vibration) and control methods.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student should

  • Have good knowledge about drilling/production well related problems/failure, detection and solution/repair methods
  • Have good knowledge of drilling systems, riser mechanics and subsea technology
  • Have good knowledge about modern drilling methods and concepts
  • Possess knowledge about various material testing methods and parameter determinations
  • Possess knowledge about material and material selection with respect to various loading and corrosive environments.
  • Possess knowledge of drill string dysfunctionalities and control methods.
  • Possess knowledge about various corrosion types in oil well and prevention/inhibition methods
  • Be able to use both analytical calculation methods and simulation tools in solving engineering problems.
  • Be able to perform drillstring design using analytical techniques and computer simulations
  • Be able to perform hydraulic design using analytical techniques and computer simulations
  • Be able to perform well kill calculations and kick simulations
  • Be able to perform production tubing/casing design with respect to various loading scenario during production, stimulation and construction process
  • Obtain general competence in mechanics, flow dynamics and material technology that can be transferrable to other discipline areas
  • Obtain skills in solving engineering problems using both analytical methods and modern simulation tools in combination

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Recommended prerequisites

Physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering and drilling subjects


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Written exam with pen and paper

Coursework requirements

Mandatory homework
The course teacher should approve a minimum of ten obligatory assignments within 3 weeks before the exam date.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Mesfin Belayneh Agonafir

Head of Department:

Øystein Arild

Method of work

Class room instruction, exercises, and mandatory homework

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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