78646 - Laboratory of Offshore O&G Exploitation

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has obtained knowledge on the exploitation principles of oil&gas reservoirs and on exploitation technologies.

Course contents

Requirements and Prior knowledge

A prior knowledge and understanding of Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Hydraulics is required to attend with profit this course. In addition, students should master the typical mathematical methods for Engineers and Scientists (Calculus and Probability).

Fluent spoken and written English is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in English.

Course content

Part 1 (4 CFU)

Overview of the Oil & Gas industry and basics of petroleum economics. Industrial phases of oil and gas development projects. Oil and gas reserves. Petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks. Introduction to Exploration, Drilling, Production and Reservoir engineering. Environmental issues of offshore drilling and production technologies.

The above topics cover also the contents required for 78646 - LABORATORY OF OFFSHORE O&G EXPLOITATION - 3 CFU, Civil Engineering

Rotary drilling and oil well drilling engineering. Rotary drilling rigs (offshore and onshore). Drilling rig site construction. Drilling rig components: hoisting equipment, drillstring configuration, circulation equipment, drill bits technology, power generation. Drilling fluids, casing and cement operations. Wellhead design, safety equipment and BOP (Blow Out Preventers) configuration.

Part 2 (2 CFU)

Directional drilling: downhole motors and turbines, borehole profile, well path directional control technologies and directional surveys.Offshore oil well drilling. Offshore drilling vessels: drilling barges, jack-up units, semi-submersible units, drilling ships. Mooring and dynamic positioning systems. Drilling marine riser, subsea wellheads and BOPs. Motion compensation systems. Overview of offshore petroleum production engineering (including deep water environments).


Lecture notes and selected study materials (available online, AMS Campus website)

Enciclopaedia of hydrocarbons: Volume 1, exploration, production and transport, Treccani 2005.

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures, seminars and/or workshop by industry professionals or experts from research institutions. Possible field trips to industrial plants. The lectures will be supplemented with practical exercises and discussions on current topics in the energy industry, in order to develop the critical thinking of the students, to recognize and enhance the interdisciplinarity with other subjects, in order to carry out the most effective engineering solutions to the theoretical and management issues outlined during the lectures.

Assessment methods

Students must sit a final exam to assess their critical and methodological skills, comprising a series of questions to verify students’ understanding of the theory of the technological and design principles presented during the lectures, and the ability to solve practical problems similar to the ones dealt with during the practical exercises related to the course classes. The final exam consists in carrying out a written test (1.5 to 2 hours without the aid of notes or books).

The written test shall normally consist of 3 questions, including 2 questions of theory and 1 exercise or a discussion of a current issues of the energy industry, outlined during the lectures.

Passing the exam will be granted to students who demonstrate mastery and operational capacity in relation to the key concepts discussed during the classes. The achievement of an organic vision of the issues addressed during the classes and their critical use, which demonstrate ownership of a mastery of expression and specific language, will be assessed with marks of excellence. Mechanical and/or mnemonic knowledge of the course content, fair synthesis and analysis skills and/or correct language but not always appropriate will lead to discrete assessments; training gaps and/or inappropriate language - although in a context of minimal knowledge of the course content - will lead to marks that will not exceed the sufficiency. Training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of guidance within the reference and study materials offered during the course will lead to failed final exam.

Teaching tools

Slide presentation and blackboard. The study material is normally made available on-line before the lecture.

Office hours

See the website of Paolo Macini