Module Catalogue 2021/22

MAR3111 : Drilling Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ana Mesbahi
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

• To introduce the basic engineering principles of drilling for hydrocarbons on and offshore locations.
• To provide knowledge of drilling systems.
• To develop skills in order to design a drill string and to practice the power requirements for hoisting systems and the circulation of drilling fluid.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides a thorough grounding in the engineering principles of drilling for hydrocarbons on and offshore and an awareness of drilling systems.

Topics include: geology and hydrocarbons, history of oil well drilling, the drilling rig, hoisting, drill string design, drill bits, rig hydraulics, straight hole drilling, directional drilling (including slant and horizontal drilling), fracture gradient, casing design, cementing, blow out control, offshore drilling and recent developments.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding to undertake the following:

IKO1. The Oil Well.
IKO2. The process of drilling a well on and offshore
IKO3. Straight hole and directional drilling.
IKO4. Identify the methods used in exploring on shore and offshore oil and gas reservoirs.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will develop the following subject specific and intellectual skills:

ISO1. Be able to identify and describe drilling rig components.
ISO2. Be aware of the criteria for the design of the drill string and casing string.
ISO3. Select appropriate tools/methods used for different directional drilling operations.
ISO4. Estimate the power requirements for hoisting and the circulation of drilling fluid.
ISO5. Calculate the amount of additives required to change the density of drilling fluid.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00Reading and writing up lecture notes
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are designed to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of concepts (IKO1-4) and detailed analysis methods (ISO1-5). The tutorial sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply knowledge that they gain during formal lectures and private study to predict the power requirements for hoisting and circulation of the drilling fluid as well as the amount of additives required to change the density of the drilling fluid (ISO4-5). Independent study involves directed study following lectures and tutorials.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Unseen written exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess both the breadth of knowledge, written communication, literacy and ability to perform related calculations (IKO1-4 and ISO1-5). In assessing the understanding of the drilling systems, the drilling processes on and offshore and evaluation of numerical questions, literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking are assessed.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.