W. S. (Bill) Cagle


Efficient Solids Control means LOWER DRILLING COSTS. This intensive four-day school covers the basics of solids removal from drilling fluids. Economics as related to mud costs and penetration rates are stressed. Practical and technical material is presented in non-technical terminology.

Efficient Solids Control produces the following potential benefits:
– Increased Rate of Penetration (ROP)
– Increased Bit Life and Reduced Bit Consumption
– Reduced Mud Costs and Waste Disposal Costs
– Fewer Hole Problems
– Reduced Abrasion and Pump Wear
– Compliance with Environmental Cuttings and Discharge Guidelines

You will walk away with a thorough comprehension of:
– The basics of solids control
– The economics and benefits of good solids control
– How solids control equipment functions
– Proper and efficient rigup of equipment vs. improper rigup
– Guidelines for evaluation of students own solids control system
– Efficient and effective management of solids control reduces drilling costs


Four days


We believe this program meets the criteria for continuing professional development in many state and national professional organizations.


– Drilling Foremen
– Drilling Technologists
– Drilling Engineers
– Mud Engineers
– Drilling Supervisors
– Drilling Superintendents
– Anyone involved in drilling and/or drilling operations

Course Outline

Day 1:
– Initial test, Introduction & Basics
– Mud
– Homework: Exercise 1
Day 2:
– Review of homework
– Shale Shakers
– Centrifugal
– Pumps and Line Sizing
– Homework: Exercises 2 & 3 and Pump Sizing Problem
Day 3:
– Review of homework
– Degassers
– Hydrocyclones
– Mud Cleaners
– Homework: Exercise 4
Day 4:
– Review of homework
– Centrigues
– Manifolding
– Stirring and Mixing
– Mud System Layouts
– Overall Review
– Final Test