Murchison Receives IADC Accreditation

On December 19, 2001, Murchison Drilling Schools, Inc. received full accreditation from the IADC to offer WellCAP training. Murchison now "operates under full accreditation for full and refresher courses for combined surface and sub-sea stack instruction at the supervisory level for drilling."

Bill Murchison started Murchison Drilling Schools, Inc. in 1977 at the request of many companies in the drilling industry. Bill is recognized as one of the world's leading experts in well control and drilling technology. He has 50 + years of experience in the oil industry, working in some of the most difficult drilling conditions in the world. His work experience also includes 15 + years in the Middle East. Bill has authored a number of books including: Well Control For the Man On The Rig, Rule Of Thumb, and the Drilling Manual used for the course.

The objective of Murchison Drilling Schools is to teach drilling practices and problems from spud to completion for all levels from assistant driller to drilling manager. The course is taught by hole intervals starting with top hole problems related to big hole and normal pressure. After an appropriate casing string has been set, drilling continues into the abnormal pressure zone and heavy mud practices and problems are discussed. Well control is introduced as one of the drilling problems and taught by hole interval, with training enhanced by hands-on simulator practice. Associated problems such as lost circulation and stuck pipe are discussed along with well control. (WellCAP and MMS certification are offered for Drilling). Individual student evaluation reports are written at the end of the session and these, along with the extensive workshops and exercises required, enable the instructor to assess the studentís operational or technical strengths or weaknesses.


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