Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production, and Workover

Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production, and Workover, 3rd Edition

All the Formulas You Need to Solve Drilling and Production Problems

Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production, and Workover, 3rd Edition,William C. Lyons, Ph.D., P.E.,Thomas Carter,Norton J. Lapeyrouse,ISBN9781856179294

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  • Back-of-the envelope calculations that save time and money
  • Easily evaluate the performance of your well
  • Confidently design or redesign operations that will improve production
  • Handle special production projects with ease


A quick reference for day-to-day work out on the rig or a handy study guide for drilling and well control certification courses, Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production and Workover has served a generation of oilfield professionals throughout their careers. Compact and readable, Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production and Workover, 3rd Edition is a problem solving time saving tool for the most basic or complex predicaments encountered in the field. All formulas and calculations are presented in easy-to-use, step-by-step order, virtually all the mathematics required out on the drilling rig is here in one convenient source, including formulas for pressure gradient, specific gravity, pump output, annular velocity, buoyancy factor, volume and stroke, slug weight, drill string design, cementing, depth of washout, bulk density of cuttings, and stuck pipe.

The most complete manual of its kind, Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production and Workover, 3rd Edition features 30% new information, including case studies and basis simulations equations. The third edition of this best selling book also includes computational tools and techniques for: unbalanced drilling, horizontal directional and air and gas drilling operations, evaluate ESP performance of wells, design / redesign ESP and recommend changes to improve well’s operation, handle special production projects including production string designs for new wells, evaluation of new production methods, scaling in well bores and any other project affecting the operation of Amal area wells.


Petroleum Engineers, Production Engineers, Drilling Engineers, Completion Engineers, Operations Engineers, Drilling Managers, Operations Managers, Project Production Engineers

William C. Lyons, Ph.D., P.E.

A professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico.

Affiliations and Expertise

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, USA

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Thomas Carter

Norton J. Lapeyrouse

Norton J. Lapeyrouse is a technical training instructor in oilfield courses with international experience. He has developed numerous training programs, courses, and manuals designed for supervisory and field personnel. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME., the American Society for Teaching and Development, and the IADC. subcommittee of Well Control Trainers Roundtable.

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Consultant, Randy Smith Training Solutions

Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production, and Workover, 3rd Edition

Chapter 1: Basic Formulas
Chapter 2: Basic Calculations
Chapter 3: Drilling Fluids
Chapter 4: Pressure Control
Chapter 5: Engineering Calculations
Chapter 6: Air and Gas Drilling Calculations
Appendix A
Appendix B

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"The third edition of this pocket guidebook (6x5.5?) for oil field workers is fully updated and revised to include references to the latest technologies and techniques. The work provides personnel in the field with practical step-by-step instructions for performing critical calculations for important drilling and production tasks. The volume includes equations for problems such as mud weight, hydrostatic pressure, pressure gradients, annular velocity, control drilling, and circulating hydraulic horsepower. Many entries include alternative calculation methods and example problems. The authors are academics and field experts in drilling techniques."--Reference and Research Book News

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