SPE GCS Cont ED: Learning Tutorial: Deepwater fluids

The Deepwater Fluids Technology Course is a foundation course designed to bring general awareness about deepwater well construction operations and the technical challenges faced when operating in this environment. The success factors needed to operate in these fields is to understand the reservoir properties and how they affect the drilling fluid design, performance, and operations.

As such, and in order to be an integrated asset for deepwater operations, and to become a trusted advisor; the personnel involved must be prepared to understand the entire drilling operations and challenges.


  • Overview of deepwater
  • Deepwater and Ultra-Deepwater convention by depth
  • Reservoir technical challenges
  • Well planning challenges
  • Rigs, logistics, and equipment
  • Downhole rheology and cuttings transport, hydraulics
  • Shallow water flows in deepwater drilling
  • Wellbore instability and other well placement operational challenges
  • Well control and kick detection


  • Logistics
  • Volumes (SHIPPED & RETURNED)
  • Cost. (Fluids and overall for the well)
  • Gas Hydrates
  • Salt Drilling (washout, inclusions)
  • Lost Circulation (tight margins, expected, unexpected)
  • Well Control
  • Ballooning
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Hydraulics, Rheology (low temp) & Hole Cleaning
  • Fluid Stability (sag, rheology, fluid loss, etc)
  • Shallow Hazards Project scope
  • Job framing and discussion
  • Well parameters needed
  • Field technical challenges (i.e. high pressure, high temps, geohazards, pore pressure, etc.)
  • Well construction and planning
  • Drilling fluids products to support the operations

Location: Newpark Technology Center
21920 Merchants Way
Katy , Texas 77449

Date: Sept. 7, 2018, 9 a.m. - Sept. 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.