TPG4242 - Drilling Engineering 3


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

In this course, techniques for hydraulic optimisations, new cementing techniques and methods for planning and operations will be presented. New methods for drilling wells that cannot be drilled conventionally like MPD, CML and RMR systems will be discussed. Well control methods for kick handling will be covered. Torque and drag calculations related to drilling and completion of long reach wells will be discussed. Drilling automation and digitalization using high tech tools for performing real time down hole communication will be covered including well integrity with focus on well plugging and abandonment.

There will be a given research task to each student. Each student needs to prepare and present the research result in a scientific paper format.

Learning outcome

The drilling process is characterized by fragmented operations with many parties involved and many interfaces and high uncertainty, especially with regard to underground conditions. This uncertainty will entail and enforce high costs in various aspects of drilling operations. Slow acceptance of new technology and also inaccurate measurement and interpretation of drilling data will lead to NPT (Non-Productive Time) in all operational aspects. By using the new methods and techniques, including new technology and digitization systems in drilling operations, the industry can increase the accuracy and reduce the well costs significantly with the aim of reducing the CO2 footprint in the environment. This course will help students achieve this goal.


At the end of the semester students will understand:

  • Advanced wellbore hydraulics, drilling fluid and cementing
  • MPD (Managed pressure drilling) and CML (Controlled mud level)
  • Well control methods and calculations, Kick detection methods
  • Pressure behavior in the wellbore during the well control
  • Wellbore telemetry and real time data recording system (Wired Pipe system and along string measurements)
  • Well integrity and plug and abandonment
  • Drilling Automation (application of cybernetics in drilling)
  • Casing design for special cases
  • HPHT wells and drilling operation
  • Geothermal drilling methods


At the end of the semester students master:

  • The use of digital tools (like Excel, Matlab, Python and etc.) and also performing programming and coding if needed.
  • Designing drilling program and preparing a plan for a well for drilling.
  • Identifying unwanted inflow and using the suitable well control method to circulate out the kick.

General competence:

  • The student will be able to perform conference presentations on new drilling topics, within available time frame.
  • Qualifies to advanced skills and ability to assess risks and issues in drilling operations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. Compulsory research project with presentation. The lectures will be held in English if international master's students attend. Exercises also includes the use of programming tools (e.g. MS Excel and Python). Course evaluation is undertaken using reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

80% of the exercises must be approved before the exam. Students research presentation should be approved before the exam, and the results should also be prepared in the scientific paper format. 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

Course TPG4215, or equivalent.

Course materials

  • Applied Drilling Engineering, AT Bourgoyne Jr, KK Millheim, ME Chenevert and FS Young Jr. SPE Textbook Series Vol. 2, ISBN: 978-1-55563-001-0
  • Compendium
  • Relevant textbooks will be announced at semester start
  • For each topic in the course supplementary material will be given to the students

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPG4205 6.0 AUTUMN 2015
TPG4220 1.0 AUTUMN 2015
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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 *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 8
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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