Casing and Tubing Design

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling

Course Description

This course covers all the relevant subjects needed to understand the structural mechanics of downhole tubulars. Discussions begin with the fundamental design principles and progresses through materials, performance, loads and design. Participants will also learn to calculate tension, compression, burst collapse, yield and threshold strength.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between the various API and proprietary OCTG grades
  • Select the appropriate API or proprietary connection based on the expected service conditions
  • Rationalize the appropriate load cases required for casing and tubing design
  • Calculate the burst, collapse, tension, compression, and triaxial design factors for a given service load
  • Understand how bending and buckling impact casing and tubing design

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

This intensive hands-on course will give you the proficiency and confidence you need to design safe and cost-effective casing and tubing strings.

Who Attends

This course is for drilling and completion engineers, and drilling supervisors who want additional insight into casing and tubing design.

Special Requirements

Attendees need to bring relevant field well designs and problems to use as in-class exercises.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


Peter Erpelding is a consulting engineer for Viking Engineering, where he specializes in the mechanical and thermal analysis of drilling and completion equipment. Erpelding is heavily involved in engineering complex deepwater projects with high pressure, high temperature, and highly corrosive reservoirs. He has conducted numerous software training courses and casing and tubing design seminars. Before joining Viking, Erpelding spent four years with Schlumberger and seven years with OTS. He has an additional seven years of teaching experience in reactor physics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, and has served on the faculty of the US Naval Academy, US Naval Nuclear Power School, and Johns Hopkins University.