The Fundamentals, Methods, and Applications of Managed Pressure Drilling

The Fundamentals, Methods, and Applications of Managed Pressure Drilling

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Author: Eric van Oort
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916493

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The Fundamentals, Methods, and Applications of Managed Pressure Drilling, Second Edition provides the basic infrastructure and extended support necessary for drilling engineers to apply managed pressure drilling to their operations. Enhanced with multiple new chapters and contributions from both academic and corporate authors, this reference provides engineers with the basic processes and equipment behind MPD. Other sections explain the latest technology and real-world case studies, such as how to optimize the managed pressure drilling system, how to choose the best well candidate for MPD, and how to lower costs for land-based operations. Packed with a glossary, list of standards, and a well classification system, this book is a flagship reference for drilling engineers on how to understand basics and advances in this fast-paced area of oil and gas technology.

Key Features

  • Delivers a fundamental collection on managed pressure drilling equipment, procedures and best practices
  • Presents a balance of information from both corporate and academic markets
  • Updated with new case studies and multiple new chapters, including how well control is different under MPD operations and MPD automation


Drilling engineers, petroleum engineers, production engineers, well control engineers, PhD petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD)
    2. The Physics of MPD
    3. MPD Equipment
    4. Planning for MPD
    5. Overview of MPD Variants
    6. Applied Back Pressure (ABP) Methods
    7. Dynamic Pressure Drilling (DPD)
    8. The Micro-Flux System (Weatherford)
    9. The GeoBalance System (Halliburton)
    10. The Optimal MPD System (Optimal)
    11. Continuous Circulation (CC) Systems (MPO)
    12. Low Cost MPD for Land Based Operations
    13. Mud Cap Drilling
    14. Dual-Gradient Drilling
    15. MPD Candidate Selection
    16. Well Control: How its Different with MPD
    Appendix A: Rock Mechanics
    Appendix B: Rheology & Hydrualics Modeling
    Appendix C: Useful Conversion Factors
    Appendix D: IADC Well Classification System for Underbalanced Operations and Managed Pressure Drilling
    Appendix E: Applicable Standards
    Appendix F: IADC UB and MPD Glossary

Product details

  • No. of pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916493

About the Author

Eric van Oort

Dr. Eric van Oort became Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 after a 20-year industry career with a major oil and gas operator. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam. He has (co-)authored more than 150 technical papers, holds 14 patents and has 11 patent applications in progress, is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer, a SPE Distinguished Member, and the 2017 winner of the SPE Drilling Engineering Award. At UT Austin, he directs drilling and completion R&D in two industry consortia (RAPID and CODA) covering drilling automation, big data analytics, cementing and zonal isolation, well abandonment and decommissioning, drilling / completion / fracturing fluids and drilling-related geomechanics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, USA

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