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Unconventional Well Control Concepts Added to WellSharp

IADC launches the inclusion of unconventional well control concepts into WellSharp Driller and Supervisor level courses and assessments starting January 3, 2022. It remains a focus of IADC to continuously monitor industry need and ensure that training meets that need in a changing environment.

Brooke Polk, Vice President-Accreditation Operations shared, “

What was previously defined as ‘unconventional drilling’ is becoming increasingly common in today’s oilfield, driven by new technological developments as well as economic considerations, but the fundamentals of well control still remain the same.

The new supplementary material to the WellSharp Driller and Supervisor courses focuses on implementation and mastery of well control practices and how they relate to now mainstream modern day drilling techniques (e.g., pill placements, RCD functionality, etc.). It also includes additional awareness training of those drilling concepts in general (e.g., MPD).

A work group of Subject Matter Experts made of Drilling Contractors and Operators worked to revise the WellSharp curriculum and assessments. Changes were released to training providers in May 2021 and curriculum conversion came to a close September 1, 2021. All WellSharp accredited training providers are required to incorporate the new content into Driller and Supervisor level courses effective January 3, 2022. IADC remains committed to providing quality well control standards that are fit for purpose and the inclusion of unconventional well control concepts into WellSharp courses is a testament to that commitment.