Training IND

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. Our offerings include both in-person and web-based training options.  We can also provide private training courses. You may choose from several of our established training components or Bureau Veritas will create custom training courses tailored to your requirements. See our Training Brochure for additional information.


DS-1® Drillstring Failure Prevention School

Available exclusively from Bureau Veritas, the DS-1® Drillstring Failure Prevention School provides a practical, integrated approach for managing the integrity of your drill string structure. Volumes 1-4 of the DS-1 Fifth Edition serve as the foundation for this in-person 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

For our virtual option, see DS-1 Distance Learning!

DS-1® Volumes 3 & 4 Inspector and Vendor Personnel Training

Standard DS-1® is an industry standard that ensures the quality of inspection and qualification work when followed correctly. The in-person, 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 six 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

For our virtual option, see DS-1 Volumes 3&4: Web-Based Training!

DS-1® Volumes 3&4: web-based training

We’ve developed a web-based version of our DS-1 Volumes 3 & 4 class. It covers the same material, completed at your own pace through videos, illustrations, and interactive engagement with the material.

Students receive the digital DS-1 Volumes 3 and 4, as well as course handouts for note-taking. At the end of each of the five modules there is an assessment to confirm that the student has retained all the practical information that has been given. At the end of the course there is a final assessment as well, which allows the student to earn a DS-1® Training Record for the online course. The cost is $950 per student.

DS-1® Distance Learning

For decades the DS-1® engineering 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 and there are fewer experienced people to teach them.

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 Volumes 1-4 of the DS-1® Standard Fifth Edition and an exclusive set of helpful software tools.

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.

Topics include:
• Failure Recognition
• Manufacturing
• Material Selection (Design I)
• Inspection (Design II)
• Connections (Design III)
• Installation

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.