DS-1 Distance Learning - What's Included?

What’s Included
The DS-1 Distance Learning course is a blended learning course; we combine content that’s online and on-demand with Livestream Sessions that will allow you to get direct answers from our instructors. There are thirteen different online modules packed with helpful information:

1. Introduction
In the first module, we highlight some of the confusion that comes from the names that our industry uses. We also outline the approach we take to prevent structural failures in our drill string.

2. Manufacturing & Metallurgy
Metallurgy isn’t just for metallurgists; the way our steel behaves directly determines whether we have a failure in operation. We learn how to speak the language of metallurgy, then how to use DS-1 Volume 1 to find the information we need.

3. Overload Design Process & Constraints
The first of our two main failures is overload, and here we discuss the definitions and constraints we’ll use to prevent it. That helps us outline a simple process that will fix this problem.

4. Load Capacity Calculations
To prevent overload failures, we first have to know the load capacities of our tools. That’s easy for drill pipe tubes, and trickier for connections. Both locations are considered and DS-1 Volume 2 helps with the calculations needed.

5. Applied Load Modeling
The other part of our overload failure prevention plan is to find the loads that will be applied. We discuss the modeling process that torque & drag programs use, and how we can get the most good out of it when designing our string.

6. An Overload Design Example
This is a hands-on practice problem where we step through the entire process of designing a drill string to prevent overload failure using DS-1 Volume 2.

7. Buckling
Buckling is a special type of fatigue loading. To prevent fatigue damage, we need to understand when and where our string buckles and what we can do to mitigate the damage that’s done.

8. Fatigue Mechanism
Now we turn to fatigue itself, our second big failure mechanism. Here we see why fatigue so much harder than overload, and we come up with a plan to adapt our design process accordingly.

9. Fatigue Design Process
Module 8 dealt with the theory; now we turn to practice. Here we outline a fatigue design process that incorporates the tools we looked at before as well as the parameters we want to optimize to increase our chances of success.

10. Inspection: Acceptance Criteria
As we move into the yellow book (DS-1 Volume 3), we won’t teach the students how to perform an inspection. Instead, we assume that you are the inspection buyer, and you want to not waste your money. Setting the acceptance criteria to meet the operations is the first step.

11. Inspection: Methods
The next part of our inspection program is the methods we need to apply. There are several, and we need to understand their strengths and weaknesses so we can choose the right ones in any situation.

12. Inspection: Frequency & Procedures
The last two pieces of our inspection-program puzzle are the frequency at which we apply the inspection—which is more complicated than you think—and the procedures we have to control. Not to worry: DS-1 Volume 3 has the tools you need, but we have to apply them correctly.

13. Specialty Tools
Volume 4 is different, both in scope (every specialty tool in our industry) and method (we can’t control every detail), so we discuss how the green book can be applied to successfully prevent failures in specialty tools.

In addition to the course content itself, each student that enrolls in the
DS-1 Distance Learning course receives:

  • A license to all four volumes of the Electronic Standard DS-1.
  • A license to the Drillstring Toolbox™ software package, which includes Connection Analyzer™ and other helpful tools.
  • Access to four Livestream Sessions of your choosing at a time that’s convenient for you.
  • A handout that allows you to keep track of your progress and take notes to remind you of any questions you want to follow up about.
  • Access via email or phone to the experts at Bureau Veritas for any special questions you’d like cleared up.

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