The International Association of Directional Drilling (IADD) and Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA) formalized an agreement to develop collaborative activities in the area of online course development to enhance safe and efficacious directional drilling methods.The specific purpose for collaboration between the International Association for Directional Drilling (IADD) and Northwestern State University is in the area of online training/education to foster the development of new directional drilling training courses.

Northwestern State University was established in 1884 in the old Bullard Mansion atop a hill overlooking the bustling river port city of Natchitoches. The campus grew as the school expanded from a two-year degree for teachers at Louisiana State Normal School to the four-year education degree at Louisiana Normal College in 1921. In 1944, the school became Northwestern State College and Northwestern State University in 1970.

Today, over 130 years later, three columns remain of the original structure on what is now called Normal Hill in a National Historic District. This location is the oldest continually occupied site for higher education in Louisiana. The campus expanded to the south and west as the school grew, and Northwestern State established satellite campuses in Shreveport, Alexandria and Fort Polk.


Northwestern State University is the home of eNSU, Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus.  Recognizing the power of technology to bring educational opportunity to all students, Northwestern delivers 39 fully accredited online degree programs and 20 online certifications.


Darlene Williams, Ph.D.
Vice President for Technology, Innovation, and Economic Development

Northwestern State University
Technology, Innovation, and Economic Development
Office: 318-357-6100
100 South Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497



Wellbore Survey Competency Program 

The IADD is proud to promote a special training program offered by the University of the Highlands and Islands (based in Inverness, Scotland), in partnership with The Industry Steering Committee for Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA).

The wellbore positioning competency course is the first industry-recognized program on the subject and was developed to promote good practice in this safety critical activity. Aimed at oil professionals who collect, manage or use wellbore survey data, this program provides attendees with an advanced understanding of wellbore positioning methods and equipment, and their applications and limitations.

It also provides contractors with a standard, recognized credential in wellbore surveying to demonstrate to clients that their personnel have an adequate competency in the subject. The program is facilitated by Prof Angus Jamieson of the University of the Highlands and Islands and includes contributions from well-known industry experts. Angus is a consultant in directional drilling and the primary author of the University of the Highlands and Islands/SPE book Introduction to Wellbore Positioning, which all students will be expected to read.

Special Features

- Study online via video lectures and simulation exercises, which provide a realistic experience of the process of drilling a directional well using the latest high-accuracy techniques.

- Opportunity for one-to-one Q&A sessions with known industry experts through an online forum.

- Access to the materials for both the Fundamental and Advanced levels.

- An optional two-week field work summer school is planned, which consists of practical field exercises on site at Inverness College, UHI, with day trips to Loch Ness and the Moray Firth.

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