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PENG 3301

SEC 501


FALL 2012

COURSE: PENG 3301 – Drilling Engineering, 3.0 Credit Hours

SCHEDULE: MW: 05:40 – 06:55 p.m.

ROOM: IT 116


INSTRUCTOR: Ahmed H. Kamel, Ph.D., P.E.

CONTACT: Room: IT 108

Phone: (432) 552-2219


OFFICE HOURS: M: 1:00 - 2:00

T: 1:00 – 2:00

W: 1:00 – 2:00

Th: 1:00 - 2:0

Other times by appointment


  • Applied Drilling Engineering, A. T. Bourgoyne et al, SPE Text Series, Vol. 2 (1991)


  • Petroleum Well Construction, Michael J. Economides, Larry T. Watters, and Shari Dunn-Norman, John Wiley & Sons, NY (1998).

  • Oil Well Drilling Engineering, Hussain Rabia, ISBN: 860107140 (1985).

  • Drilling Engineering, J. J. Azar and G. Robello Samuel, PennWell (2007).


  • Fundamentals of drilling

  • Drilling fluids and rheology

  • Drilling hydraulics

  • Drill string design

  • Directional drilling

  • Well control

Specific goals

  • Provide students with in-depth understanding of principles of drilling technology.

  • Incorporate in the lectures and homework the understanding of various theories and operational procedures when drilling oil and gas wells.

  • Enhancement of the ability to work in a team


  • Fundamentals of drilling

  • Well planning objectives

  • Drilling rigs

  • Rig components

  • Drilling fluids

  • Material balance

  • Drilling hydraulics

  • Drill string design

  • Directional drilling

  • Kicks and well Control

  • Well Problems


  • Exams

1st Mid-Term Examination 20%

2nd Mid-Term Examination 25%

Final Examination 30%

  • Quizzes 5%

  • Homework (6) 20%


  • 90 – 100 A

  • 80 – 89.9 B

  • 70 – 79.9 C

  • 60 – 69.9 D

  • Below 59.9 F

The instructor has the right to deviate from the above grade distribution.


  1. Attendance: Attendance will be checked at the beginning of class. Participation and attendance are expected at all class sessions. Unexcused absences will result in grade reduction. More than three unexcused absences imply a failing grade.

  2. Homework: They are due at the beginning of class on the day specified. Late homework will not be accepted. Arrangements must be made in advance and in person if homework cannot be turned in by the due date and it is subjected to the instructor judgment. Copying of others’ work is strictly prohibited and will only lead to a grade of ZERO on the homework and inadequate performance on examinations.

  3. Examinations: Exam dates will be announced in class. There will be no makeup examinations except under very exceptional circumstances pre-excused by the instructor, such as documented medical reasons, emergencies, or University sponsored activities. A copy of the official excused absence letter must be given to instructor for absences due to University sponsored activities as soon as the letter is issued to students. Any missed examination automatically receives a grade of ZERO. Collaboration on examination (including exchange of books, calculators, etc.) is strictly prohibited. Cheating on examinations could lead to an “F” grade in the course.

  4. Scholastic Dishonesty: The integrity of a university degree depends on the integrity of the work done for that degree by each student. The University expects a student to maintain a high standard of individual honor in all scholastic work (Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents).

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student, or the attempt to commit such acts. Detailed information on scholastic dishonesty along with disciplinary procedures is outlined in the Handbook of Operation Procedures, Part 5, Section 1, and the Student Guide.

  1. Other Policies: No food is allowed during class time. Other polices may be announced for specified conditions during class time and examinations.

Disability Accommodations

To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact Efren Castro, Director of the PASS Office in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631, Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations. The PASS Office refers some types of accommodation requests to the University Counseling Center which provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing contact Suzanne Rathbun, Director of the University Counseling Center, 432-552-2365,


Week #1 – 08/27/2012 Introduction

Well Planning

Week #2 – 9/03/2012 Labor Day / No Class

Formation Pressure and Fracture Pressure

Week #3 – 09/10/2012 Rotary Drilling 1st HMWK

Rig Components

Week #4 – 09/17/2012 Rig Components

Rig Components

Week #5 – 09/24/2012 Rig Components 2nd HMWK

Drilling Fluids

Week #6 – 10/01/2012 1st Mid-Term

Engineering Calculations

Week #7 – 10/08/2012 ATCE / No Class

Week #8 – 10/15/2012 Hydraulics 3rd HMWK


Week #9 – 10/22/2012 Hydraulics

Drill String

Week #10 – 10/29/2012 Drill String 4th HMWK

Drill String

Week #11 – 11/05/2012 Drill String

2nd Mid-Term

Week #12 – 11/12/2012 Directional Drilling

Directional Drilling 5th HMWK

Week #13 – 11/19/2012 Directional Drilling

Directional Drilling

Week #14 – 11/26/2012 Blowout and Well Control

Blowout and Well Control 6th HMWK

Week #15 – 12/03/2012 Well Problems


Week #16 – 12/10/2012 Final Exam / IT 116 / 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Test dates are tentative

Final exam date is in accordance with University calendar

ABET Outcomes

  1. Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve drilling engineering problems and design derrick equipment and drilling programs. [ABET Criterion (a)]

  2. Students will have the ability to design various equipment required at wellsite. Students will also be able to analyze and interpret data gathered from various logs and tests to define the parameters required to design a successful drilling program within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, etc. [ABET Criterion (b) and (c)]

  3. Students will be able to understand the principles of drilling engineering and based on the projects and group homeworks assigned, students will be able to function properly and work in a team [ABET Criterion (d)]

  4. Students will be able to solve examples and problems when designing the well equipment and they will be able to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and typical examples such as well control and stuck pipe problems. [ABET Criterion (e)]

  5. Students will be able to understand their professional and ethical responsibility when drilling a well regardless of location (offshore and/or onshore) and fluid types to be used (OBD, WBM, etc.) to preserve the community and the environment and understand the impact of drilling operations on Texas, the nation and worldwide. [ABET Criterion (f)]

  6. Students will be able to recognize the limitation of the existing technology and logistics and how to modify their design to meet the standards. They will be able to communicate effectively with others from different fields such as geologists, geophysicists, etc. to achieve the optimum design for their drilling program. [ABET Criterion (g)]

  7. Drilling technology is one of the fastest growing technologies in the petroleum industry and the students will gain the ability to use the up-to-date techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. [ABET Criterion (k)]

Relation of course to Program Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

  7. An ability to communicate effectively.

  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.

  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.

  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


  • Last day to add a course

Sep. 5

  • Last Day to Drop a Course with 100% Refund

Sep. 12

  • Last Day to Drop a Course Without Creating an Academic Record

Sep. 12

  • Last day to official drop or withdraw for a course (full-term classes)

Oct. 31

  • Thanksgiving Holiday (Students and Faculty)

Nov. 21-23

  • Last regular Class Day

Dec. 6

  • Final Examinations

Dec. 10-13