Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology

Drilling and Completions


Recent years have witnessed a dramatic advance in the technology employed to identify and develop deepwater reserves. Through innovation and exploitation of high tech advanced in related fields, the offshore industry has succeeded in overcoming major technological and economic challenges of deepwater. Deepwater operators as well as equipment and service providers have all made major contributions.

Topics Include:

  • Marine seismic exploration
  • Drilling, well control, drill riser, and MODUs
  • Station keeping—mooring and dynamic positioning
  • Currents, VIV, vessel hydrodynamics
  • Subsea completions, processing, control, and well maintenance

Learning Level


Course Length

1-2 Days

Why Attend?

This will give you a better understanding of the challenges faced in deepwater oil and gas operations, and what technology has been developed to overcome them. Rapid comprehension of new concepts is through visual illustration using animations, photos, and videos of actual operations.

Who Should Attend

The target is engineering personnel needing familiarity with recent industry advances, as well as non-technical, support staff. Students are expected to have some knowledge of conventional floating drilling and production, although there is brief, refresher material in each topic area as it is addressed. The engineering methodology underlying the technology advances are described and illustrated, but not in depth.


0.8 CEUs or 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1 or 2-day course.


Terry N. Gardner is a mechanical engineer who spent over 35 years with Exxon and BP in management and in the development and implementation of numerous innovations including advances into deepwater. He has led research on deepwater riser VIV and development of a high-current Riser Centralizer System. He also worked on the development of new product concepts such as the Tension Leg Production (TLP) platform that was installed in the Norwegian North Sea. While at Exxon, he headed the well control team that trained drilling personnel and helped them deal with well control problems.

Gardner has taught undergraduate engineering at Cornell and Rice Universities and leads tours about oil and gas technology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MS and BME from Cornell University in engineering mechanics.