TPG4210 - Drilling Engineering 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Oilwell drilling, equipment and methods, components, system assemblies and arrangement. Drilling process analysis: Hoisting, rotation, pumping, component and system loads, dimensioning, safety factors. Directional control of wellbore. Drillstring load analysis, drillstring dimensioning (static and dynamic), critical oscillations. Circulation of drilling fluids, challenges in the drilling process, pressure in the sedimentary formations, pressure, stabilize the wellbore with pressure control equipment, drilling fluids, hydraulic optimization, casing, casing analysis. Loads, including dimensioning of the rig, the drill string and the drilling fluid.

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: At the end of the course, the students will understand:

  • Oilwell drilling equipment and methods for land based - and offshore drilling
  • Drilling process analysis: Hoisting, rotation, pumping
  • Drill string 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: At the end 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, group work during the exercise lessons, problem- and solution related (PBL). Dialogue on decision options and problem solving. Compulsory exercises. Exercises also includes the use of programming tools.  Course evaluation is undertaken using reference group.

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.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2022

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 2022-06-02 09:00 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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