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Bureau Veritas offers a variety of schools dedicated to providing a practical, integrated approach to managing the integrity and performance of downhole drilling tools in any given condition. Bureau Veritas has developed robust courses derived from accumulated data, drilling expertise, QA/QC experience, and drilling engineering and analysis capabilities for over 30 years. 

This wealth of knowledge places us in a unique position to share it with operators, drilling contractors, and vendors by providing detailed and focused training courses based around the continually evolving Bureau Veritas DS-1® Standard.  Our training department offers a variety of schools dedicated to providing a practical, integrated approach to learning.


DS-1® Volumes 3 & 4 Training

Standard DS-1® is an industry standard that ensures the quality of inspection and qualification work when followed correctly. The 2-day DS-1® Volumes 3 & 4 course will familiarize inspectors and vendor personnel with what’s in the books, how to find the information they need, and why those procedural requirements are important in preventing structural failures.

The Standard

• The history of the standard and why it was needed
• The purpose of DS-1® in all four volumes

Volume 3 (Drill Stem Inspection)

• Understanding the content in a high-level way and finding what you need
• Drill pipe and BHA inspection categories and methods
• How to read DS-1® and perform a high-quality inspection
• Practice hands-on inspections to make sure both the inspection procedures and the acceptance criteria can be pulled from the standard’s pages

Volume 4 (Specialty Tools)

• How Volume 4 is different from other standards
• Finding and understanding what is required
• Review mud motors as an example of specialty tool qualification
• Applying the standard’s requirements to other inspection and qualification examples

DS-1® Distance Learning

For decades the DS-1® Fourth Edition course has been one of the foremost classes in drill string design and failure prevention. We’ve always combined solid engineering experience, an industry-wide knowledge base, and engaging instruction to provide a great training experience.

The truth is, while training will continue to be a key part of the competency and education process of everyone in the drilling industry, the landscape in which that training is offered has changed. The cost of training, including all the overhead expense of travel and lodging, is becoming intolerable. The people who need the training are scattered all over the world.
There are fewer and fewer experienced people to teach them.

Here at Bureau Veritas, we’ve committed ourselves to provide the industry with a distance-learning option for training people to prevent failures and we refuse to compromise.

Students of the DS-1® Distance Learning course will be able to learn what they need to know about failure prevention, all without leaving their office. The cost is $1,975 per student, which includes an electronic copy of the DS-1® Standard and an exclusive set of helpful software tools.

Rig Crew Failure Prevention

The objective of the Rig Crew Failure Prevention training is to promote improvements in rig practices for running, handling, storing, and maintaining rig equipment. The four-hour class is directed at all levels from floor hand to rig superintendent.

By promoting constructive dialogue among rig personnel at all levels in a classroom environment, many questions and concerns can be addressed and resolved that daily operations and the pressures of time constraints and meeting drilling goals may place on the back burner. To alleviate this we can provide training which provides participants with a basic understanding of failure mechanisms, their common causes, and the procedures which can be applied to minimize their effect on the drilling process. This is developed by emphasizing the critical aspects of failure recognition and prevention which is covered by our formal training course based on the DS-1®.

Additionally, specific recommendations may be presented for optimal handling practices for drill pipe with the objective of reducing connection damage and improving drill string performance. Please contact Bureau Veritas at to discuss your rig site training needs.

Private Schools

Bureau Veritas can provide training courses tailored to your requirements presented at our training facility in Houston or at your office. You may choose from several of our established training components or
Bureau Veritas will create custom training courses. Existing training courses are listed here and can be expanded or augmented to meet your specific requirements.

Bureau Veritas provides customized courses for your needs. Contact us and we will develop training material customized for your personnel at your location. Following is an abbreviated list of the training units that we currently offer. They can be mixed and matched and/or augmented using our engineering and technical services expertise to customize them to your requirements:

• Metallurgy & Manufacturing
• Overload Design
• Fatigue Mechanism & Design
• Drill Stem Inspection & Failure Recognition
• Specialty Tool Failure Prevention
• OCTG Inspection and Failure Recognition
• Manufacturing Processes & Specifications
• Material / Grade Selection (sour service, corrosion, high-collapse, & casing wear)
• Connection Design
• Handling & Makeup
• Casing Wear & Hardbanding
• Landing Strings & Slip Crushing
• Special Tubular Problems (vibration, reactive torque, stuck pipe)
• Rig-Site Failure Prevention

DS-1® Fourth Edition School

Available exclusively from Bureau Veritas, the DS-1® Fourth Edition School provides a practical, integrated approach for managing the integrity of your drill string structure. The four volumes of DS-1® Fourth Edition serve as the foundation for this three-day school, and what you learn will revolutionize your approach to failure prevention.


• Manufacturing levels – Standard & Critical
• Metallurgical properties important to the designer
• Relationships to other industry standards, private and public


• Using Design “Groups”
• Integrating design needs with other drilling objectives
• Setting design constraints and design factors
• Performing a drill string design addressing overload
• Determining string capacities and operating limits
• Predicting and managing buckling
• Comparative design for fatigue prevention
• Selecting and configuring different BHA types
• Recommended stress relief dimensions and maximum slip cut severity
• Monitoring and mitigating corrosion
• Using CFI when specifying new connections on BHAs


• How to set an inspection program
• How the common inspection methods work and their advantages and limitations
• How to estimate accumulated fatigue damage
• The link between inspection process control and quality

Specialty Tools

• The challenges with qualifying specialty tools
• Requirements for qualifying specialty tools to Volume 4
• Determining tool ratings
• Inspecting, assembling, function testing, and using specialty tools
• Steps for implementing the standard

Casing Failure Prevention

Even the best casing design can fail without proper specification, inspection, and handling. We created Casing Failure Prevention to provide you the tools to address these key areas before you set your casing. Learn to go beyond design to dramatically reduce the risk of high-cost casing failures.

Failure Recognition

• Tension- and pressure-related failures
• Other important failure types
• Three areas that must work to prevent failures: Manufacturing, Design, and Installation


• Material properties (and why they’re important for the casing designer)
• Manufacturing processes that affect the end result
• API’s Spec 5CT—the industry-standard for OCTG manufacturing

Material Selection (Design I)

• API- and proprietary pipe grades
• Concerns related to sour- and corrosive service
• High-collapse casing grades—capacity ratings and use
• How to mitigate the effects of casing wear

Inspection (Design II)

• How certain thread-gauging practices can cause leaks
• Strengths and weaknesses of flaw-detection methods
• How to gain confidence that your inspection is good

Connections (Design III)

• Understanding API connections’ features and limitations
• Proprietary connection features and the problems they’re intended to solve
• Popular modifications to the API connection design


• Preventing handling damage
• The causes and fixes for galling
• Which makeup method is best