In response to the continuing disruption in travel and physical meetings, Blade announces that our courses are now available as Instructor-Led Virtual Classroom Training (VCT) courses. We have completely redesigned our course material, structure and format to be effective in a VCT environment, and maximize learning among participants. We have incorporated numerous features that take advantage of current technology to better engage participants and provide a learning experience that, in many ways, goes beyond conventional in-person classroom training. Blade courses currently available as virtual courses are:

  • Advanced Casing and Tubing Design
  • Advanced Managed Pressure Drilling
  • Introduction to Casing and Tubing Design
  • Advanced Tubular Design with StrinGnosis®
Meanwhile, we are working on adding more virtual courses to our offering.


  • Synchronous Learning: Blade believes synchronous delivery is crucial to effective learning, especially with advanced topics. All Blade virtual courses feature live instructor-led training when class is in session. The e-learning platform we use facilitates interaction between instructor(s) and participants as well as among participants. Real time Q and A (both verbal and via chat), pop quizzes and quantitative problem solving (individually and in small teams) are included to enhance learning of immediately applicable skills.
  • Modular Instruction: Virtual learning research (and our own experience) suggests that 2-3 hours is the optimal duration of each class session. Consequently, we have re-engineered the course material into several 2-3 hour modules, each module with specific learning objectives, structured according to complexity. One or at most two modules will be presented on any given day. Each module session ends with an assignment, and each subsequent session begins with a review of last session’s assignment.
  • Blade Academy Course Website: The main “landing site” for participants is a dedicated website for each course. It is here that course materials, assignments and answer keys, software tools, references and other supplementary learning material will be available to participants. The website also features a threaded discussion board that enables asynchronous learning. Registered participants are given access to the website one week before the course commences, and it remains accessible for one week after the course ends.
  • One-on-One e-mail Discussions: Instructor(s) have a course email address where participants can send emails with questions or comments. These will be addressed as quickly as possible.
  • Guest Expert Lectures: Blade has a deep pool of multi-disciplinary experts, who will be invited to present specific topics in which they have expertise. Client company experts can also be invited to present client-specific topics. This feature, unavailable in conventional training, is an added benefit of online instruction.
  • Scheduling Flexibility: Online training frees up scheduling. Courses can be presented in a single week of calendar time, or can extend over multiple weeks.
Contact or to learn more about our virtual courses, including availability, schedule, cost and registration, or to request a proposal to conduct a private online course.

    Available courses

    The objective of this “Advanced CCUS Well Engineering and Design” course is to provide engineers with a strong and fundamental grounding in the design considerations and methods used when designing wells that are dedicated to carbon sequestration (underground storage).

    The aims of the course are to provide knowledge to underpin the selection, screening, engineering, and execution of MPD projects across global Business Units. The course will highlight drilling characteristics and nonproductive time problems that drive consideration, and ultimately either rejection or selection of one or more of the available variants of managed pressure drilling technology.

    • The course explains the advantages, disadvantages and key considerations when evaluating and selecting MPD candidates.
    • Participants learn about MPD fluid systems, equipment requirements, and the potential impact of an existing well design and the potential to change well design.
    • By the end of the course, participants will have a good overview of the various MPD technologies, as well as where and how they can be applied.
    • They will be able to estimate the value MPD potentially adds to candidate wells. They will be made aware of and learn how to address MPD specific safety and well design concerns, specify equipment, and understand and contribute to the MPD related parts of a drilling program.

    The objective of this customized “Advanced Casing and Tubing Design” course is to provide engineers with a strong and fundamental grounding in the advanced mechanics of tubulars as applied to casing and tubing design. Some of the key areas covered in the course include:

    • Working Stress Design (WSD) and Reliability Based Design (RBD) for casing and tubing. 
    • Advanced strength theories including the ISO TR 10400 and API TR 5C3 limit states 
    • Probabilistic design approaches and their application to OCTG; Probabilistic design approaches in ISO TR 10400 and API TR 5C3. 
    • Design and selection of connections, with emphasis on ISO 13679 / API 5C5 approach to connection testing and performance envelopes 
    • Materials selection and fracture mechanics-based criteria for sour design (including ISO TR 10400 / API TR 5C3 and API 579 brittle failure limits) 
    • Special problems in casing and tubing design, including buckling, casing wear, APB and its mitigation, wellhead movement and forces, HPHT considerations. 
    • Hand calculation and visualization of design loads and strengths, in order to appreciate the physics of the design process 
    • Case studies of previous Woodside projects to illustrate key concepts learned during the formal sessions 

    Numerous examples are used to illustrate the design process. Blade provides a suite of spreadsheet tools that will be used in the course. 

    The objective of this “Advanced CCUS Well Engineering and Design” course is to provide engineers with a strong and fundamental grounding in the design considerations and methods used when designing wells that are dedicated to carbon sequestration (underground storage).

    Private Deepwater Well Engineering Course for Petronas Carigali

    Managed Pressure Drilling Design and Operations - Chevron

    This ​unique ​course ​is ​the ​first ​to ​address ​advanced ​concepts ​and ​issues ​common ​to ​HPHT, ​deepwater, ​extended-reach, ​and ​other ​critical ​wells. ​Participants ​learn ​how ​to ​use ​StrinGnosis ​to ​develop ​non-traditional, ​reliability-based ​casing ​designs. ​The ​course ​reviews ​significant ​changes ​to ​API ​Bulletin ​5C3 ​and ​ISO/TR ​10400 ​well ​design ​specifications, ​which ​now ​use ​new ​limit-state, ​probabilistic ​methods ​to ​determine ​pipe ​performance ​properties, ​instead ​of ​the ​deterministic ​methods ​that ​have ​previously ​been ​used. ​Blade’s ​new ​reliability-based ​design ​tools ​are ​fully ​aligned ​with ​these ​new ​API ​and ​ISO ​methods.

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