Cont. Ed: Accelerated Learning Tutorial: Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling


This one day tutorial is structured to give the attendees a broad overview of Managed Pressure Drilling.

Topics Covered

  • Standard definition for Managed Pressure Drilling
  • Similarities and contrasts between conventional drilling, UBD and MPD
  • The operating window – planning vs real
  • Recognizing an MPD candidate well – technical/economical/safety value
  • Recognized variants of MPD
    • HSE
    • Single Annular Point Constant Pressure – Pivot Point - CBHP
    • Mud Cap
    • Dual Gradient
    • Continuous Flow
  • Conventional Well Control practices vs MPD Influx control and management
  • Conventional losses management vs MPD losses management
  • Onshore/shallow waters MPD application
  • Deepwater MPD systems
    • Surface Applied Backpressure
    • Riser fluid level management
    • Subsea pumping
    • Continuous flow system
    • Riser gas handling
  • The MPD Operating Matrix
    • Practical exercise
  • Well balancing in tight windows – MPD methods
    • Practical exercise
  • Surge/Swab management in MPD
  • Dynamic Influx test
  • Dynamic FIT/LOT – differences with conventional FIT/LOT
  • Dynamic wellbore strengthening
  • Closed Loop cementing
  • Managed Pressure Drilling equipment and interfaces with the rig
    • Rig auditing/inspection process
  • Standard MPD procedures discussion (in function of MPD variant)
    • Fingerprinting
    • Flow check
    • Tripping  in/out
    • Connections – trapping pressure vs surface flow loop
    • Drilling
    • Rotating Control Device elements change under pressure – pressure equalization
    • Casing/Liner running
    • Influx management
    • Contingency procedures
      • Rig pump/power failure
      • Floats failure
      • Surface line failure
      • Alarm response
      • Controlled well handover to rig for well control
  • MPD in HPHT wells – considerations
  • HSE aspects          
    • Hazid/Hazop/MOC
    • Training/competencies
    • Rig practice
    • Communication protocol

Professional Development Hours

Attendees will be awarded with a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Subsidized Registration

Limited number of subsidized passes for this 1-day tutorial will be available for students/retired professionals and professionals with no corporate support. Please e-mail Sunil Lakshminarayanan( for more details.



Location: SPEI Houston Training Center
10777 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , Texas 77042

Date: Jan. 21, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - Jan. 21, 2016, 4:30 p.m.