The value of continued education can be overlooked in many cases for various reasons but at H&J we feel as though it is an integral part of what defines us. Developing our education program is something I take tremendous pride for and am extremely excited about having a lead role in. The in-house aspect of our continued education program is key to what will help us bring in and retain top industry talent. In August, H&J held our first in-house educational offering to our consultants, potential consultants, and industry peers. The subject was fluids mechanics and dynamics as it pertains to oil and gas drilling. After hundreds of hours of preparation, that included many late nights and one “all-nighter”, Matt Hood and I had the eight hour course ready to be instructed. Although the course was intended to be a level one class we did not shy away from upper level college material, but the concentration of the class was to establish a solid foundation of understanding in several key topics. H&J feels as though having a strong physics based understanding
of: fluid statics, key fluid properties, basis of hydraulics modeling, hole cleaning and wellbore integrity and stability is critical to our supervisor’s success. Couple this understanding with empirical knowledge and the supervisor has a tremendously powerful ability to diagnose potential issues before they become unplanned events, and the tools to most efficiently and effectively remediate any unplanned events that do occur.
The result of the course was encouraging. We received invaluable feedback from each of our students that justified a need and desire for the subject matter to continue to be taught in-house and expanded on. Not only was it nice to hear that the students found a lot a value in taking the class but it was also good to gather their inputs on how we can better the next course we offer. One metric that was very telling, was the pre-course test results compared to post-course test results. We were extremely pleased to see that the class average percent of improvement was 28%. While the tests themselves deserve some refining, the difficulty seemed to be on par with our goals, as the class post-course test average was a 74. We did not set out to teach and test over trivial material, because in reality fluid mechanics is a complex subject, yet in order to make some of the observations and decisions our supervisors are expected to make or assist in, they should have a high competency of the subject. Overall I am excited about the direction of the continued education program at H&J and believe that with a sustained effort and emphasis on physics based understanding, H&J’s schools will grow our team to the point that we are industry leaders.
VP of Engineering