Basic Drilling Overview

The IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors) certified Basic Drilling Overview course provides new employees, office personnel and anyone associated with drilling, but not involved in it day-to-day, with a thorough understanding of oil and gas operations and why an operation or method is necessary. Participants learn oil and gas terminology and how to identify rigs and their major components. They also explore basic geological principles and leave with an understanding of the complexity and risks involved in drilling for oil and gas.

Introducing the techniques and technologies involved in drilling oil wells, Intertek C&T’s Basic Drilling Overview workshop provides a firm foundation knowledge of oilfield practices and terminology that can prove invaluable in every sector of the industry. Topics included in this three-day course range from the basics of geophysical and seismic data acquisition – where oil comes from and how it is located – to the distinctions between the many onshore and offshore rigs, basic drilling practices and personnel. Completion and production phases are described and terminology and equipment are clearly identified.


The course will cover the following:

  • Historical background of oil and gas
  • Basic geology
  • Fundamentals of petroleum exploration
  • Drilling rigs
  • Rig systems, drilling equipment, and personnel
  • Oilfield terms and abbreviations
  • Exploration drilling Developmental drilling
  • Unscheduled events
  • Completion, workover and production


Woodhill Office Park Building 2, Unit 8B, 1st Floor, 53 Phillip Englbrecht Drive
Meyersdal, Gauteng
South Africa



t: +27 11 028 8551
Contact Person:
Olenca Saunders