Fundamentals of Directional Drilling, Houston, October 1-3, 2013

Organization: The Petroleum Institute for Continuing Education

Venue: Houston - Westchase

Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 01, 2013 / 8:30 am - (CST) End Date/Time: Oct 03, 2013 / 4:30 pm - (CST)
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This 3-day introductory will cover the history of directional drilling, and provide exposure to the basics associated with directional and horizontal drilling. The course will discuss both the benefits and disadvantages of directional work, along with numerous applications. Basic BHA design, well configurations, and well trajectory will be presented, in addition to the types of tools utilized, including bits, down-hole mud motors, and MWDs. The basics of directional data, tool-face orientation, overview of well planning, and some basic calculations will also be included.

Course Outline

  • Borehole Representation
  • Well Planning
  • Anti-Collision Monitoring
  • Survey Tools
  • Well Design Constraints
  • Vertical Drilling
  • Applications of Directional Drilling
  • Downhole Motors
  • Deviation Techniques
  • Toolface Orientation
  • Directional Control with Rotary Systems
  • Steerable Drilling Systems
  • Shop Tour

Fees: $2595 USD

CEU: 2.4 Continuing Education Units

PDH: 24 Professional Development Hours

Instructor: Mark Bland



Houston - Westchase
United States


The Petroleum Institute for Continuing Education
Suite 700, 555 4th Avenue SW
T2P 3E7

Conference Speakers

Mark Bland is currently Operations Manager for an International Directional Drilling Company, and is responsible for overseeing operations and supervision of directional drilling, MWD and motor shop. Prior to that, he was a directional driller and and MWD engineer. Mark has experience in multilateral horizontal wells, short radius horizontal wells, utilizing anti-collision data for multi well pads, Power Drive and Power V Rotary Steerable Services, planning, executing and managing all aspects of a directional job, drilling in underbalanced and temperatures exceeding 300 degrees. He has also performed well site geologist services, including management of technical information (i.e. geology, chemistry, mechanics, electricity, electronics and computer science), monitoring/recording drilling fluid properties and recording drilling parameters. Mark graduated from Angelo State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and from Sul Ross State University in 1999 with a Master's Degree in Education.