Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling

Drilling and Completions


This course provides a solid introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD), an adaptive drilling process that allows greater control of the annular pressure profile throughout the wellbore. Participants will learn the variables involved in MPD operations, including the selection of the equipment and the various aspects of safety and operations.

Topics Include:

  • Objectives of MPD and its variations
  • Advantages/disadvantages of each MPD variation
  • Drilling fluid systems and surface equipment for MPD Operations
  • Completing MPD wells
  • HSE Issues
  • Limitations and costs of MPD
  • The future of MPD
  • Case histories

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Managed Pressure Drilling is an increasingly important technique that helps operators drill new wells safely and more efficiently. In some cases, MPD allows them to drill previously undrillable wells. This introductory course is an excellent opportunity to expand your understanding of drilling techniques.

Who Should Attend

This course is appropriate for those who are new to the industry, or anyone who would like to understand the value of this important drilling technology.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Deepak M. Gala is SME–Well Control Engineering at Shell Upstream Americas. Prior to joining Shell, he was US commercial manager at Weatherford and US well control engineer at Cudd Well Control.

Outside of his duties at Shell, Gala is involved in many industry associations and initiatives with over 15 technical publications. He regularly teaches SPE-sponsored courses and serves on various regional and international SPE committees. Gala was recently selected to be a part of the new SPE Sustainability Committee and SPE International Young Professional Coordinating Committee. He was the first Weatherford employee to receive SPE’s 2008 Outstanding Technical Editor Award for the Drilling and Completion Journal, the first to receive the 2010 International Young Member Outstanding Service Award, and the 2011 Young Engineer of the Year for the SPE Gulf Coast Section.

Gala earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mumbai University, a master’s degree in natural gas engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and an MBA in finance from Tulane University.

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