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This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The drilling process, containing drilling equipment, cementing of the casing and handling blow out situation is covered. This course focuses especially on dimensioning of drill string, nozzles, mud pump and the casing pipes.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course the student should be able to: Understand and describe the working of the basic equipment on and above the drill floor and in the drill string, especially hoisting equipment, mud pumps, storage and cleaning equipment for drilling mud, drill bits of different types, downhole mud motors, jars, and downhole measurement equipments. Know about drilling mud and cement, especially their flow properties, be able to calculate pressure loss at flowing, and know how casings are cemented. For a given well and drill bit, design a drill string and calculate the strength of this string and the nozzle sizes, and design the set up of available mud pumps. Know about and use the basic properties of the rocks drilled, especially overload, fracture and pore pressures, and from these determine casing programs and calculate the required size and strength of casing. Know problems related to kicks, blow-outs and know the safety equipment used, and how to safely handle a kick situation.


Lectures (Norwegian) and self study. Mandatory work demands (such as hand in assignments, projects, etc) must be approved by subject teacher three weeks ahead of examination date

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in mathematics and physics


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam1/14 hoursA - F
Approved tables are provided at the exam

Coursework requirements

4 compulsory assignments

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Hans Joakim Skadsem

Method of work

Lectures (in English) and self studies. Compulsory work shall be approved by the professor 3 weeks prior to the exam.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Drilling (BIP180_1) 10
Drilling for geoscientists (BPG170_1) 5
Drilling for geoscientists (BIP350_1) 5
Drilling and Well Engineering (ENP110_1) 10

Open to

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Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme, specialization in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
City and Regional Planning - Master of Science
City and Regional Planning - Master's Degree Programme
Industrial economics - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year
Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year
Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years
Master's Degree Programme - Marine- and Offshore Technology - 5 years
Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 19.09.2020