Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology

Course Description

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic advance in the technology employed to identify and develop deepwater reserves. Through innovation and exploitation of high tech advances 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.


  • Marine seismic exploration
  • Drilling - well control, pressure management, riser/BOP,  and MODUs
  • Station keeping—mooring and dynamic positioning
  • Currents, VIV, vessel hydrodynamics
  • Pipelines/flowlines – construction and maintenance
  • Production risers
  • Subsea completions– processing, control systems, well maintenance, and seafloor processing

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 Attends

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 methodologies underlying the technology advances are described and illustrated, but not in depth.


0.8 CEUs or 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1 or 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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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Terry N. Gardner is a mechanical engineer who spent over 35 years with Exxon and BP in the development and implementation of numerous innovations associated with offshore/deepwater drilling and production. He led research on deepwater riser VIV, development of a high-current Riser Centralizer System, and the development of new production 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.