Edited By: Robert F. Mitchell and Stefan Z. Miska
696 pp.; Softcover
SPE Textbook Series No. 12
ISBN: 978-1-55563-207-6
Society of Petroleum Engineers
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Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering, an update of the classic Applied Drilling Engineering (Textbook Series Vol. 2), takes a new look at the basics of drilling engineering. Chapters are written by experts from industry and academia and provide numerous example problems to reinforce the concepts presented. This book is essential for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as industry professionals trying to gain detailed knowledge of basic drilling concepts.


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by M David
on 10/11/2018
Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering
SPE TEXTBOOK SERIES VOL 12, Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering is the most recent SPE drilling textbook. Not yet as popular as its predecessor VOL 2 (it's only been out since 2011, give it time), it has improved upon VOL 2 in many ways. Crystal-clear pictures. Diagrams of readable size. It also takes pains to “teach” the subject. Written for university upperclassmen, it’s technical but not overly so for engineers of moderate experience. 200 pages longer than VOL 2 (700 versus 500 pages) and weighing in at nearly 3.5 lbs, it's the real deal. The extra length is because: a) It is a better teaching textbook with lengthy explanations. b) It has clear, large photos, and neatly drawn pictures and diagrams. c) Recent technology is included. d) Written by multiple authors, it is not as crisp and streamlined as VOL 2. e) Drillstring Design, Directional Drilling, and Drilling Problems Chapters are superior. f) It has API SPEC in each chapter (this is valuable for the PE Exam)
by Mark
on 6/14/2015
Excellent Book
Absolut a must for any petroleum engineering student. Written by very knowledgeable members of the oil industry and Academia.
by Hassan Ali
on 9/24/2013
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Robert F. Mitchell is a Halliburton Fellow in the Drilling and Evaluation Division of Halliburton. Previously, he was vice president of Enertech Engineering and Research Company from 1980 to 1996 and worked at Exxon Production Research Co from 1973 to 1980. Mitchell has published more than 80 papers on wellbore and well completion problems. He edited the Drilling Engineering volume of SPE's 2007 Petroleum Engineering Handbook and is currently lead editor for the SPE textbook Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering. He has served as a technical editor for several peer-reviewed journals and served as the Executive Editor of SPE Drilling & Completion. Mitchell holds BA, MME, and PhD degrees from Rice University. He was the recipient of the 2005 SPE Drilling Engineering Award.


Stefan Z. Miska is currently Jonathan Detwiler Endowed Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Director of Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP) at The University of Tulsa (TU). He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Cracow, Poland. Over the years, he has taught at his Alma Mater, at the Norwegian Institute of Technology and New Mexico Tech. In 1992 he joined TU as Chair of its P.E. Department. Miska published over 160 technical papers and contributed to several books. His current research interests are focused on wellbore hydraulics, mechanics of tubulars and directional drilling. He is involved with the SPE in many ways; he has served as Technical Editor for Drilling and Completion and is a member of the Drilling and Completion Advisory Committee. He was also the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Petroleum Engineering Faculty, 2003 Outstanding Technical Editor and the 2004 Drilling Engineering awards. Miska also serves on the JPT Editorial Committee.

• Introduction to rotary drilling • Introduction to geomechanics in drilling • Drilling fluids • Cementing • Drilling hydraulics • Rotary drilling bits • Casing design • Directional drilling •Fundamentals of drillstring design • Drilling problems