TPG4210 - Drilling Engineering 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Basic overview of the drilling process with a primary focus on hydrocarbon production, while topics related to exploration, field development, production and later abandonment are more briefly described. Topics that are discussed in detail are rig equipment, rig selection, wellbore construction, casing design, drillstring design, the circulation system, drilling fluids, hydraulic optimalization, well control, cementing and completion. The course seeks to describe the material in a holistic view with emphasis on sustainability, health, safety and environment. Digital tools and digitalization of work processes are natural ingrediences in the course.

Learning outcome

Ingress: This is a basic course for oil and gas drilling focusing on vertical holes in pressurized sediment formations, both offshore and onshore.

Knowledge: After fulfilment of the course, the students will understand:

  • Oilwell drilling equipment and methods for land based and offshore drilling
  • Drilling process analysis: Hoisting, rotation, pumping
  • Drillstring load analysis
  • Sedimentary formation pressure
  • Well control fundamentals
  • Drilling fluids and hydraulic optimization
  • Casing design
  • Basic cementing operation
  • Basic well completion and well intervention

Skills: After fulfilment of the course, the students will be able to make plan and make all relevant analysis and computations for an ordinary borehole, including the use of programming tools.

General competence: Qualifies for specializing at MSc level within Petroleum Engineering / Drilling Engineering.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group work within the lectures. Compulsory exercises that includes significant amount of programming.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Course materials

Given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4075 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Drilling Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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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