Drilling 101

Drilling 101

March 11, 2019 | Houston, TX

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Drilling is a complex process involving many different technical professionals and functions. Understanding how a well is drilled is important for many non-technical professionals working within the oil and gas industry. This course is intended for individuals with little to no prior drilling experience who will benefit from learning more about the drilling process.

The instructor, who has decades of “boots on the ground” experience, will begin with a brief overview to lay the groundwork for drilling. The detailed process of drilling will then be covered. Attendees will learn about the process of selecting the drilling fluid and bits, designing cement and casing, calculating formation and fracture pressures, and the basics of directional drilling. Attendees will leave the course with a complete understanding of the processes involved in the drilling of oil and gas wells.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees to this course will:

  • Lay the groundwork for drilling projects
  • Describe the functions and properties of drilling fluid
  • Calculate cement volumes and identify additives
  • Determine bit and casing sizes/types
  • Recognize fluid hydraulic concerns
  • Describe directional drilling methods and well trajectories
  • Discuss the BP Deepwater Horizon Investigation



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Monday, March 11, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Laying the Groundwork

  • People
  • Permits
  • Rig components

Drilling Fluids

  • Functions
  • Properties
  • Treatment and diagnostic tools
  • Solids control equipment


  • Language of cement
  • Tools
  • Additives
  • Types of cementing procedures
  • Calculations


  • IADC Code
  • Rate of penetration
  • Grading
  • Economics

Casing Design

  • Types and connectors
  • Design criteria
  • Sizes and depths

Directional Drilling

  • Overall planning
  • Deflection tools
  • Directional measurements

BP Deepwater Horizon Investigation

  • Cement
  • Well control
  • Equipment failure

Summary & Conclusion


M.K. (Val) Lerma, Engineering Manager, Interact

Ms. Lerma has worked in the oil industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes drilling, reservoir, and production engineering, as well as management. She has worked for both major and independent operators, both on and offshore. She has a BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from California Lutheran University. She served as the Engineering Manager, Business Development Manager, and President of Orchard Petroleum Inc., and Orchard E&P, LLC. Ms. Lerma taught the drilling engineering undergraduate and graduate course at USC for 7 years, and currently teaches various oil and gas classes for both the PTTC and EUCI. She’s on the Curriculum Advisory Board for the University of North Dakota’s petroleum engineering department, and is a member of the local API Board. Val has authored and co-authored several SPE papers and is a licensed professional petroleum engineer in the State of California. Val is currently the Engineering Manager for InterAct, an Acteon Company.



Hyatt Regency Houston

1200 Louisiana St

Houston, TX 77002

Reserve your room:

please call 1-713-375-4800

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 10 – 11, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 10, 2019.

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