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Modern Well Design

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The geomechanic and tubular mechanic basis is first established in the course. In the second part design basis is established and well design examples are presented.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course the student will have:
-knowledge of tubular mechanics and understand porous media
-basic skills in well design
-ability to perform design calculations


The first part of the course is an introduction to mechanics of porous media, with failure theories and stress analysis. These methods are further applied to solve problems within wellbore stability such as fracturing and collapse of wellbores. Some tubular mechanics is included, as well as analysis of buoyancy effects in petroleum wells. The second part of the course is about design of oil and gas wells. We will establish design basis for the mud weight, the hydraulics and optimization. We will also establish design basis for fracturing and collapse and other relevant design basis. Two complete well designs will be covered, first a subsea producer, then an HPHT well. At the end of the course well friction will be covered, including stuck pipe analysis.

Required prerequisite knowledge

It is necessary to have knowledge in drilling to take this course, as it builds on the bachelor level course PET100 Drilling

Recommended previous knowledge

PET100 Drilling


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Bernt Sigve Aadnøy

Method of work

Lectures and self study

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Well Engineering (MPE680_1) 10

Open to

Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 07.07.2020