Smith Mason Advanced Well Control

Course Length: 5-Day

Course Level: N/A

Course Option: Combined Surface & Subsea

Availability: This course is developed and scheduled based upon customer request. There are currently no Open Courses scheduled. If you are interested in scheduling please contact us at .


Critical situations require analytical thinking. This course puts the students in critical situations – a high volume kick, a high intensity kick (2 ppg, 3 ppg MW increase.)…topics that aren’t addressed in standard well control courses.

Attendees are placed in “crews” and work together to determine the best approach to kill the critical situation. Kill methods are thoroughly discussed in order to select the best method and kill rate for a given situation. Kill plans are discussed and finalized within each crew.

A simulation on a deep well is conducted in real time that takes about 8 or 9 hours, provided things go well…but problems can develop.  The crews meet the morning of the simulation and are introduced to the critical situation. Each crew determines the best kill method to use and develops a well control plan. The morning tour begins the operation – the evening tour is dismissed and returns to the class some hours later when they will take over and finish the operation – accurate and detailed handover material is crucial.

During the simulation data is collected to identify developing trends and for analysis after the well is dead. This course provides the student with knowledge and analytical skills needed to safely handle the “bad kick.”

Smith Mason Advanced Well Control covers the following:

  • The well as a u-tube – manipulating the u-tube
  • Kill method analysis – Driller’s, Wait & Weight, Constant Pump Pressure
  • Realistic gas expansion
  • How wellbore trajectory can affect the kill operation
  • Mud type impact on the kill operation – what to look for and what to expect
  • Kill rate selection based on Power Law friction estimation and gas buster limitations
  • Developing a well control plan
  • Potential problems – identification and solutions
  • Data collection during the kill operation
  • Final calculations just prior to bringing the well on choke – the potential ECD @ shoe and real time MAASP – optional casing pressure adjustment
  • Bringing the well on choke properly
  • Kill sheet preparation “on the fly” using real data – not pre-recorded
  • Bringing the influx to the surface
  • Tour change and information handover
  • Post simulation appraisal – what happened and how could we have done better
  • Underground blowouts – detection and potential kill methods
  • Bullheading – benefits and potential hazards
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