Many people involved in drilling of an Oil or Gas well may be aware of the basic role and function of the Drilling Fluid (Mud) but not have a through understanding of one of its most important functions, that is keeping the hole clean.
Solids build up in the well bore as the formation is drilled and if not transported out of the hole will eventually create a situation where the drill string can become stuck and the entire well is placed in jeopardy.
This course will give participants an in depth knowledge of how cuttings are transported, the various forces acting upon the cutting in the well bore, the function and application of Rheology and Viscosity. As well as the indicators of poor hole cleaning, good hole cleaning techniques and the correct application of pills.
This course is designed for:
Gregory Gibbons has over 40 years of experience in the Oil Industry, 38 of which have been specializing in Drilling Fluids. He has worked worldwide for all the Major Service Companies including Baker Hughes, MI Swaco and Halliburton and have held various Field Operations & Management positions. Since 2010 Greg has worked as a Fluids Advisor for Operators in Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East and has worked on every continent except Antarctica.
Greg started his career as a Trainee Driller in Trinidad and rose through the ranks to Assistant Driller. He moved into Drilling Fluids in 1976 and in 1990 began working overseas and quickly became the “go to” guy for difficult and remote operations from the deserts of Yemen to the mountains of Pakistan. The last 6 years he has been the Fluids Advisor for Operators in Vietnam, Nigeria and Kurdistan. In addition, he is a lecturer at the Drilling Academy in Trinidad and mentors and advises young professionals in the Drilling Fluids field.