TPG4210 - Drilling Engineering 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

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

The course is the basic petroleum engineering course for oil and gas drilling engineering focusing on vertical holes in pressurized sediment formations offshore and onshore.
The hole making process is put in the overall context of petroleum engineering and economics. The course gives adequate competence to make the decision to drill and the planning of an ordinary borehole of the subject description, and to actually make and secure the borehole.

Basic knowledge on all topics concerning planning of an ordinary drilling process and execution of it.

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. The course is given in English. 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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

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: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 100/100

Release 2021-05-18

Submission 2021-05-18

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
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