Introduction to Deepwater Drilling

This course provides a foundational understanding of deepwater drilling, covering the geological and environmental factors, well design considerations, rig selection, and an overview of drilling operations. Designed for new employees in deepwater drilling-related functions, it will help non-technical support staff understand the process, equipment, and terminology involved.




1-3 Days


Basic understanding

Course Objective

The goal of this course is to give participants a comprehensive overview of the deepwater drilling process, from selecting a drilling location to well design and rig selection, as well as covering the challenges, risks, and limitations involved.

This program provides a basic understanding of the equipment and terminology used in deepwater drilling. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and delve deeper into topics that are of particular interest to them and their organisation.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, attendees will have gained a basic understanding of:

  • Development of Deepwater Drilling
  • Geological and Geomechanical Considerations
  • Rig types and capabilities
  • Rig Equipment and Technology
  • Environmental and Seafloor Conditions
  • Station Keeping and Redundancy
  • Dynamic Systems and Mooring
  • Preparations Before Setting BOP
  • BOP and Drilling Riser Operations
  • Well Head Systems and Casing Design
  • Cementing and Drilling Fluids
  • Dual Activity Operations
  • Key Aspects of Well Control
  • Logistics and Organizational Factors
  • Risks and Challenges
  • Safety Procedures and Protocols
  • Emerging Equipment and Technological Developments
  • Nice to know, and the next step


This course is ideal for drilling and completions engineers, technicians, and administrative staff who are just starting their journey in deepwater operations and wish to understand the process. It is a starting point for those interested in further advanced level training in well deepwater projects and risk management.


A basic understanding of drilling and completion principles and some industry exposures are desirable for participants before enrolling in this course. However, if this is not the case, the system will be adapted to meet the needs of all attendees.

Soren Hartmann

Your Instructor

Soren Hartmann boasts an extensive career that spans more than three decades in the oil and gas industry. His experience encompasses a broad spectrum of operations, from deep-water to ERD urban land, in various locations worldwide. Soren's comprehensive knowledge comes from his years of serving both drilling contractors and subcontractors, which has led him to a comprehensive understanding of the industry.

In the last ten years, Soren has held the role of Senior Drilling Performance Superintendent where he was integral to the design and application of a framework to enhance customer operations during both planning and execution stages. His role entailed reviewing and optimising drilling programs and procedures. He is frequently solicited for his subject matter expertise.

He offers training in deep-water drilling, drilling technology, stuck pipe prevention, DWOP, and AAR.

Soren holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and an extension in Drilling from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Soren Hartmann


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