Drilling Optimization & Well Planning


Detailed well planning and optimization at the rig site are essential in the present business environment. This course puts all the pieces together for an integrated systems view of well planning and construction.

  • Technical concepts are reviewed and specific design steps and tools are used for the key planning processes of casing design, drilling fluid, hydraulics, bit selection / running conditions and cementing program. Case studies are analyzed and worked as team projects, and participants are encouraged to bring case studies to class. Participants leave the course with a thorough understanding of the entire well planning, implementation and analysis process, and specific design processes and checklists.


  • Elements of successful planning / optimization.
  • Tools and techniques to manage the planning process.
  • Offset and data analysis.
  • Hole size and casing program analysis.
  • Drilling fluids and solids control.
  • Bit and hydraulics.
  • Cementing.
  • Performance monitoring.
  • Integration of new technology.

Who Can Benefit?

Individuals involved in well planning and operations who want to strengthen their well planning skills, especially experienced drilling engineers, superintendents, mud engineers and geo-scientists.