** Course Rescheduled TBA** Continuing Education Tutorial: Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) provides an active approach to well control. Unlike passive control methods, MPD operations use a closed-loop system that helps to determine the downhole pressure limits and manage the annular pressure profile accordingly. As a result, you can learn how to enhance primary well control, verify downhole barriers in real time, and even automatically react to influxes and losses. 


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).

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

Date: Nov. 15, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - Nov. 15, 2019, 4 p.m.