Advanced Well Control Course
This Advanced Well Control School offers the student a higher level of well control training as compared to what is offered in conventional well control schools. Northstar Training recommends that students extend and enhance their well control training by attending the Advanced Well Control School in the intervening year between the years attending a standard well control school for a well control card.
The Advanced Well Control School’s curriculum is based on a combination of advanced well control concepts and actual real life well control situations. This adaptive approach does not lend itself to the standardized cookie cutter conventional well control school approach.
To maintain control of the Advanced Well Control course curriculum and to be able to adapt that curriculum to cover multiple real world well control situations, Northstar Training (as did its predecessor Prentice Training Company) has made the conscientious decision not to offer this course under the guise of a standard well control school that has a fixed and regulated curriculum.
While the student will receive advanced well control training and have the benefit of actual real world experience from an instructor who has been involved with many of the highest profile well control incidents, the purpose of the school is not to issue a well control card. The purpose is to advance well control knowledge and understanding.
Calvin Barnhill, the instructor, has been involved with many actual well control incidents worldwide. These incidents include well kicks, well pressure situations, surface blowouts; underground blowouts and surface explosions. They involve land based and offshore operations including shallow water, deep water and ultra deep water situations.
The best known incident is the Deep Water Horizon – Macondo Well blowout. However, this is only one of many different well control situations that Mr. Barnhill has worked and can present in the Advanced Well Control School.
Furthermore, Mr. Barnhill has full access to the extensive well control information and data base of Prentice Training Company, which also has information and data from Drilling Well Control. This company was involved with the control of thousands of wells and with the well control planning for many more wells.
The combination of real world experience coupled with actual information and data and advanced well control concepts makes this Advanced Well Control School a powerful addition to the well control training for any student serious about well control.
This Advanced Well Control course picks up where basic well control stops. Topics such as volumetric well control (monitored, non-monitored, lubrication and bleeding), deep water well control (bubble chopping - riser kills), underground blowouts (dynamic and "sandwich" kills), gas solubility in oil muds, hydrates, and many other special considerations are identified and explained. Horizontal well control including gain rate and special considerations is covered. Slim Hole well control is discussed. A practical knowledge for safe application of these "trouble well control" concepts is transmitted.
What You Will Learn
- How to Minimize Surface Pressures and Downhole Equivalent Mud Weights.
- How to Kill an Underground Blowout.
- How to Minimize Hydrate Problems in Deepwater Well Control.
- How to Maximize Your Chances of Killing Any Kick.
- How to Minimize Any Kicks Chances of Killing You.
- How to Use a Horner Plot to Determine Accurate Kill Mud Density in tight Kicks.
- How to Choose a Safe Kill Rate Considering All Five (5) Controlling Factors.
- Why the “Soft Shut In” is Dangerously Foolish.
- Why the “Drillers Method” is Never Better than the Wait and Weight.
What You Will Take Away
- The reasons why you should kill a well in a particular manner.
- The logical sequence to follow in the determination of which procedure to implement.
- How to maximize your changes of killing the well.
- How to recognize when standard well control has become trouble well control.
- Comprehensive knowledge of well control.
- The ability to recognize well control situations for the dangers they present and the knowledge of how to proceed.
- A confidence in dealing with well control situations that only knowledge can promote.
Who Should Attend
All personnel involved in drilling, completion, and workover operations who might be involved in a well control situation and want to know as much as possible about it.
Date: April 9 - 13, 2018 (Moved to April 16-20, 2018)
April 16 - 20, 2018
Location: Lafayette, LA
Tuition: $3500 USD