Drilling Fluid Management and Borehole Stability

  • Author: Technical Toolboxes
  • Level: Advanced
  • Study time: 2 hours
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This self-paced course explores the critical components of drilling fluid management and borehole stability essential for the success of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) projects. Participants will be presented with the intricacies of preventing drilling fluid release, understanding the respective responsibilities of design engineers and HDD contractors, and the crucial role of supervision and inspection by owners/engineers. Through comprehensive discussions, the course will cover the development and implementation of drilling fluid management plans, including contingency measures for unforeseen challenges. By the end of the course, participants will gain valuable insights into integrating drilling fluid plans with HDD design and construction processes, enhancing their ability to navigate and optimize HDD projects 

  • Video time: 2 hours
  • Exams: 1

David Willoughby

Content SME for Horizontal Directional Drilling 
Mr. Willoughby has 40 years of experience in engineering, pipeline design, corrosion control, and management in the petroleum and utilities pipeline industry. His experience includes gas transmission and distribution systems, petroleum facilities, and water/sewer pipelines from conception through design, construction and testing, economic evaluation, and project field supervision.

Mr. Willoughby has been responsible for the design, permitting, inspection, and construction administration of numerous horizontal directional drills (HDD) on pipeline projects.

He is the author of several articles and two books published by McGraw-Hill, The Plastic Piping Handbook (2002) and Horizontal Directional Drilling (2005).Mr. Willoughby provides HDD training to the pipeline and utility industries.

He has presented at the engineering workshop at N.C. Utilities Commission Office of the Pipeline Safety Conference and the Southern Gas Association Annual Conference.

Mr. Willoughby’s HDD training is used to provide Professional Development Hours (PDU) for professional engineers in many states, including Texas.