TPG4215 - Drilling Engineering 2


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

The course covers in depth methods for planning extended reach and horizontal wells. This includes: survey calculation techniques, directional surveying techniques, survey errors, selection of bottom hole assembly, stuck pipe and fishing, torque and drag analysis in bore holes, flotation of casing and liners and loads on the drill string. The course also covers innovative drilling techniques like the use of coil tubing, snubbing, underbalanced drilling (UBD), managed pressure drilling (MPD) and controlled mud level (CML) drilling. Further, wellbore hydraulics, cementing operations, well completion, drilling automation, measurements while drilling (MWD) and methods for real time communication using wired pipe are also covered.

The course further includes the use of modern digital competence, automation and optimization of the drilling process for safe and fast drilling, reduced consumption of materials and thus a smaller footprint from the well construction process.

Learning outcome

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

  • Well design criteria and well integrity
  • Wellpath and directional drilling, downhole tools
  • Horizontal and directional well construction
  • Drill string and bottom hole assembly design
  • Drilling fluids and wellbore hydraulics
  • Wellbore cementing operation
  • Drilling problems and mitigating actions
  • Well completion and well intervention
  • Drillstring torque and drag analysis
  • UBD, MPD, CML and CTD, geothermal drilling tools and techniques
  • MWD, wired pipe and real time communication
  • Applied cybernetics in drilling automation
  • Evaluation of new and innovative drilling techniques

Skills: At the end of semester the students will master:

  • Planning of drilling high deviated and horizontal wells
  • Calculating of loads in drill string and down hole equipment
  • Performing hydraulic pressure loss calculations
  • Calculating and planning for cementing operation
  • Understanding of wellbore telemetry and related tools
  • Detecting drilling problems and how to mitigate the problems
  • Understanding of direction drilling system and applied tools
  • Evaluation of new and innovative drilling techniques with a minimum of environmental footprint

General competence: Qualifies the skills and ability for planning of drilling operations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory 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

70% of the exercises must be approved before the exam. The final exam counts 100%. If the teaching is given in English, 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 form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. The final exam can be performed either in open book or closed book format.

Required previous knowledge

TPG4210 Drilling Engineering 1, or equivalent.

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 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Drilling Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-21 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 13
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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