Deepwater Well Planning, Design, and Drilling Operations

Drilling and Completions Management and Information Production and Operations


Learning objectives of this course are:

  • Recognise and analyse the difficulties, challenges, problems, and opportunities presented in Deepwater well engineering/operations as drilled in increasingly difficult down-hole, geological, and environmental conditions.
  • Maximise Deepwater drilling engineering, safety, and operational efficiency using proven and adaptive best managed, controlled, and practical solutions.
  • Minimise operating loss, waste, cost, and risks in potentially highly capital intensive and potentially complex and difficult Deepwater wells.
  • Examine and critique Deepwater drilling engineering case studies, well failures and successes drilled in various Deepwater regions of the world (e.g. UK/Norway, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, India, SE Asia, North and South Atlantic basins).
  • Allow participants to become familiar with how to plan, organise, implement, and control Deepwater project from a well’s basis of design. Work through well planning and engineering, outlining conventional and non-conventional drilling design, engineering and operational management strategy, and control approaches.

By the end of the course, the participants will be able to comprehend the production of the following:

  • A Deepwater well basis of design
  • Key Deepwater well construction and drilling engineering essentials and difference required
  • A Deepwater drilling program
  • Understand the key Deepwater hazards (problem areas) and risks presented, further understand the importance of due and diligent project management, controls, and contingency planning
  • Be aware of adaptive technologies and techniques used in Deepwater projects

Course Agenda »

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

3 Days

Who Should Attend

All persons employed, engaged, or associated in a drilling/geological operational or organizational support functions. This would be viewed as anyone from drilling secretarial, technical, finance, HSE, logistics support, to Drilling, Geology, Geo-Science, Drilling Contractor and/or all 3rd party support functions, and any team leader, supervisor, or management function.

Disciplines Targeted

  • Drilling and Completions
  • Management & Information
  • Production & Operations
  • Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility
  • Geology, Geoscience, Drilling, Drilling Contractor and 3rd part company representatives.
  • Project Finance, Secretarial, Admin, Technical, Logistic support to team leader supervisory, and management functions

Special Requirements

The following are seen as pre-requisites for this course:

  • A basic knowledge of/or understanding of offshore drilling projects
  • 2-3years working in a well engineering or equivalent drilling operational ‘project’ organisation
  • 1-3years rig-site operating experience preferred but not essential


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Peter Aird

Peter Aird has 33 years of experience in oilfield well engineering and drilling operations. Initially, he trained as a marine engineer with major shipping companies. He then transferred his skills to the oil and gas industry to train and then work for 15 years with major oil companies in a senior supervisory position. From 1992-2005, he worked internationally in various drilling global consultancy positions with early project experience gained in UK exploration Deepwater and HPHT wells, with further exploration in North America, South East Asia, Norway, the Black Sea, Europe and West Africa, all while supervising in new frontier exploration, appraisal, and development areas.

During the past several years, he has also worked in senior specialist drilling engineering and supervisory roles with major UK drilling operating companies. With further expertise refined in a variety of subsea, horizontal, platform in-fill, HPHT, and partner-related Deepwater drilling projects.

Peter holds an MS in drilling engineering from The Robert Gordon University, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a registered Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council. He actively participates in several industry forums and since 1993 he has hosted a specialist interactive drilling engineering and operations website at

Peter has also shared his experience through developing and delivering Deepwater training and producing technical and operational treatises on oil well design, construction, engineering, and drilling operations to many International and National oil company organisation.