PG8502 - Mechanical Real-time Models in Drilling


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 50/100
work 50/100

Course content

The course covers a range of state-of-the-art models that describes various aspects in drillstring dynamics, such as surge and swab motions, torque and drag, bit rock interactions, axial, torsional and lateral vibration states. There is a focus on models that are particularly suited for real-time implementations, even though this is not an absolute requirement. The compulsory exercises involve substantial programming in Python, Matlab or equivalent.

Learning outcome

- Deep understanding of problems in drilling and how models can mitigate these problems.

- Ability to implement models in computers.
- Ability to select a proper model based on the problem at hand.
- Ability to justify the choice of method.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquium, discussions and projects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final oral exam (50%) and evaluation of compulsory exercises/work (50%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio grade is assigned as pass/fail. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)
Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics (PHPETR)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, specialization within Well Completion and Production Systems, or approval by the lecturer.

Course materials

Selected articles.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 1
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Algebra
  • Deep drilling Engineering
  • Computer Systems
  • Mechanics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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