Deep and Ultra Deepwater Petroleum Development

Production and Operations

Course Description

This course will enable participants to have a better understanding, awareness, and comprehension of upstream deepwater petroleum activities, including how commercial hydrocarbons are licensed, assessed, explored, appraised, drilled, completed, and the technologies currently being applied. Attendees will gain knowledge that can be used to add value and sustain growth in deepwater petroleum and energy related business ventures.

Each section is covered briefly as a module with the real learning experience found within the presenter discussions, based on global offshore, subsea and deepwater operating knowledge and experiences. Drilling, completion and field development best practice examples will be discussed.

Learning Level

Introductory - Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Attendees will be instructed using interactive formats, numerous deepwater case studies based on the instructor's global knowledge and industry accepted operating and best practice experiences. The following has been identified as the program objectives.

Upon completion of this training course, participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding how deepwater upstream operations are conducted and implemented, and the problems, risks, and technology challenges faced.
  • Review the technical challenges of today’s deepwater projects.
  • Understand project drivers of “Quality, Time, Costs and ‘HSE’ safety issues.”
  • How deepwater wells are managed, controlled, and translated into measurable, sustained growth and added business value.
  • Understand aspects of upstream deepwater operations from license acquisition to how best prospects are selected, explored, drilled, appraised and developed through to production delivery.
  • Gain a better understanding of upstream deepwater processes, techniques and application to better manage project problems, financial, operational and/or investment risks that exist.
  • Review and understand aspects of deepwater regulatory safety and environmental standards and instructions to assure that compliant results are delivered in today’s changing socio-economic climate.

Who Attends

This course is designed for drilling engineers, geologists and G&G personnel, managers and support functions from operator companies, as well as engineers and managers from service providers that are, or are about to be, involved in deepwater drilling operations.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

In-House Training

This course is available for in-house training at your office location.

Contact Us
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Canada +1.403.930.5454
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Peter Aird is the Drilling Engineering Consultant and Instructor of Kingdom Drilling Services Ltd and has involved in oil drilling, well engineering and operations specialist for 37 years. He has developed and presented upstream deepwater courses in his areas of expertise for a host of National Oil, Operating, Drilling Contractor and Service companies worldwide from 1998. After an initial career as a marine engineer he re-trained from 1980-86 with Shell International, thereafter supervising the drilling of oil & gas wells globally for 17 years namely in new frontier exploration appraisal and development areas. E.g. He supervised for BP from 1987-93 through early offshore UK HPHT, deepwater wells and elsewhere in North America, SE Asia and West Africa. He then continued this role as a self-employed consultant working in several operating areas namely in deepwater operations until 2005. As a mature student he re-educated to gain a MSC. in Drilling Engineering at the Robert Gordon’s University in 2003. Since 2005 he has been employed in more senior well planning, design, and engineering, specialist roles with Major Drilling Operators. Peter has developed technical and operational documents on Oil-well design, construction, engineering and drilling operations since 1993 and has hosted a knowledge sharing and interactive based website He is a member of the SPE, UK Engineering Council, IMarEST, and actively participates in several industry forums.