TPG4215 - Drilling Engineering 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course offers an introduction to and an in-depth study of methods for planning of extended reach and horizontal wells through drilling, completion, later interventions and final plugging and abandonment.

The course covers principles and methods for wellbore trajectory planning, and survey methods for directional and positional estimations during drilling of the well including how to treat uncertainties in accuracy of measurements. Then follows modern methods and equipment for directional drilling and steering. This also includes the use of downhole positive displacement motors and rotary steerable systems. Drill string components and drill string composition including choice of drill bits, methods and equipment for downhole measurements of drilling and formation parameters (MWD and LWD), stuck pipe and unwanted vibrations are also included. Methods for calculation of friction as torque and drag and associated drill string loads/stresses.

Drilling hydraulics including pressure loss calculations and well cleaning issues are covered and discussed in various stages of well construction and in context of different methods for directional drilling.

The course includes aspects of well integrity throughout the life cycle of a well. This includes definitions of and practical applications of well barrier systems and setting depths for casings and liners as well as cementing of the annulus. The course also includes completion systems and how the completion design influences the overall well design. Rules and regulations for final abandonment and well plugging are also covered and there is an introduction to well control methods.

The course also covers well interventions methods and equipment like wireline (WL), coiled tubing (CT) and pumping jobs for hydraulic fracturing.

The course includes a short introduction to the future application of cybernetics in well drilling.

Learning outcome

The student should have knowledge about:
- Using subject-specific digital tools including programming where
- Extended reach and horizontal well construction.
- Drill string and bottom hole assembly design.
- Wellbore hydraulics.
- Cuttings removal.
- Wellbore placement.
- High temperature/high pressure drilling techniques.
- Deep water drilling implications.
- Torque and drag analysis.
- Well integrity.
- Well completion (basic knowledge).
The student is able to:
- Plan drilling of high deviated and horizontal wells.
- Calculate loads in drill string and downhole equipment.
- Perform hydraulic pressure loss calculations.
- Calculate well path.
- Plan of safe operations (drilling, completion, intervention and P&A), ref. guidelines IWCF and NORSOK D-10.
General competence:
Basis for MSc degree within Drilling Engineering.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Exercises also includes the use of programming tools (e.g. MS Excel and Python). The course is given in English. Course evaluation is undertaken using reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the assessment form may be changed from written to oral.

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.

Required previous knowledge

TPG4210 Drilling Engineering 1

Course materials

Course contents will be provided electronically.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4077 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

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

Language of instruction: English

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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