Module Catalogue

MAR3111 : Drilling Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohammed Abdul Hannan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


• 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Exam Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
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
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.

Assessment Methods

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

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. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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