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M548
Oil & Gas Drilling Technology – General Overview – Part 1

Jurandir Primo, PE

This course brings the basic concepts of Oil & Gas Drilling Technology – General Overview – Part 1, in a very important didactic form, suited for everyone, beginners, students, technicians, engineers, contractors and all interested professionals, working or not, with Oil & Gas Drilling. The concepts of this course are divided in 8 basic sections as follows: Introduction, History, Well Drilling Exploration, Reservoir Exploration, Onshore Drilling Processes, Drilling Rigs – Machine Types, Conventional Well Completions, References and Links, properly illustrated and clearly distributed in 85 pages. A preview of this course, which is the first of three parts, is available to the interested student to evaluate the content. The answers of the supplement Drilling Rigs – Quiz Questions are shown in the last page of this course, which is totally open to any student after paying. Courses Part 2 and Part 3 are continuations of this Part 1. Petroleum and gas include many sections of technologies that deal with the study and application of crude oil, gas, geology, geophysics, well construction, drilling, data management and petroleum business. Oil and natural gas together make petroleum. Petroleum, which is Latin term for “rock oil,” or a fossil fuel, meaning it was made naturally from decaying prehistoric plant and animal remains. It is a mixture of hundreds of different hydrocarbons molecules containing hydrogen and carbon that exist sometimes as a liquid (crude oil) and sometimes as a vapor (natural gas). The term drilling indicates a whole complex operations, necessary to construct wells of circular section applying excavation techniques not requiring direct access by man. To drill a well it is necessary to carry out simultaneously the several actions, which can be achieved by various drilling techniques. Rotary drilling rigs are, in practice, the only ones operating today with an optimum performance in the field of hydrocarbons exploration and production. The drilling rigs used on high depths are huge ones, using mobile equipment that can be moved in short times from one drill site to another, drilling a series of wells. Rigs for shallower depths use simpler techniques because of the smaller stresses to which the rig is subject.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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