Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling Fundamentals

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) for engineers and field personnel and discuss the variants and applications of MPD as defined by the IADC. Upon completion, the learner will be able to explain how, when and why MPD is carried out and what equipment is normally required to conduct a safe operation.


  • Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling
  • Conventional Drilling vs MPD
  • MPD Equipment and Rig Up
  • Variants of MPD
  • MPD Operations Modes
  • MPD Well Control
  • Health, Safety, and Environment and Regulation (HSSE)
  • MPD Simulation

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

  • Define conventional drilling, underbalanced drilling, and managed pressure drilling
  • Identify equipment used in MPD operations
  • Recognize MPD well control

Who Attends

Drillers, Engineers, Field Engineers


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-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.

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Abdul Saboor started his career with Weatherford M.E as a Technical Assistant for MPD/UBD drilling operations. In his nine-year experience, Saboor has worked on numerous underbalanced drilling, managed pressure drilling, and air drilling projects in the MENA region. He is currently working as Engineering Manager with SDS department in Weatherford’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Abdul Saboor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and also holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Heriot Watt University, UK.