Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) Well Design & Application


By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Reviewing geological fundamentals to rationalize the divers for MPD application.

  • Well design, planning and training as critical factors to successful implementation.

  • Awareness of complications, problems and site management practices.


  • Geological factors.
  • Rock properties.
  • Sources of abnormal pressure.
  • Sources of subnormal pressure.
  • Pressure estimation methods.
  • Drilling indicators.
  • Drilling problem symptoms and impacts.
  • Review of conventional well control techniques.
  • Basis of MPD design and calculations.
  • Drill string design.
  • Fluids and hydraulics.
  • Steady state parameters.
  • Transient considerations.
  • Surface equipment design.
  • Injection pumps.
  • Return pressure control.
  • Return flow processing.
  • Advanced circulating methods and tools.
  • Safety and site management.
  • Application problems.
  • Simulation problems.

Who Can Benefit?

Drilling engineers, well superintendents, rig managers and service company personnel considering the application of managed pressure techniques to drill troublesome formations.