Water Based Mud

Additives, Formulation, Contamination and Treatment | Est. Length: 1:30 hrs

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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) in drilling an Oil or Gas well but may not fully understanding how a Mud is made and the various additives that go into making a Water Based Mud and achieving specific properties. Water Based Muds can be simple and complex in their makeup and performance. This course will give participants a better understanding of how a mud is formulated to achieve specific performance criteria such as Filtration, Inhibition and will also give an overview of some of the different types of Water Based Muds in use today including High Performance fluids that are designed to meet or match Oil Based Mud performance.

Course Curriculum:

  • Basic Clay Chemistry
  • Additives
  • Dispersion
  • Inhibition
  • Contamination
  • Various Mud Systems
  • High Performance Water Based Mud’s
  • Contamination & the Mud Report

This course is designed for:

  • Any technical and non-technical personnel, who wants to gain greater understanding of the Hole Cleaning process.
  • Professionals in the office who monitor and review the rigs operations.
  • Professionals who want to work on the drilling rig.
  • Professionals who already work on the rig and want to become a more valuable crew member.


  • General knowledge rig operations and circulation of the drilling fluid
  • Awareness on the oilfield terms
  • Beginner experience in drilling
  • Willingness to gain increased knowledge of the Drilling Process

Estimated length:

1hr video lectures

0:30 min quiz

Course Objectives:

Participants will gain and broaden their knowledge of Water Based Mud Additives, Formulation (including recipes), Contamination / Treatment and give details of specific Water Based muds.

Your Instructor

Gregory Gibbons
Gregory Gibbons

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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