||Robert F. Mitchell, Stefan Z. Miska
||Society of Petroleum Engineers
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Drilling engineering is a multidisciplinary subject, including a broad spectrum of topics in engineering, geology, chemistry, and physics. A general textbook must cover all these topics at greater than superficial depth and with reasonable balance in an abbreviated form. This is not an easy task. For instance, a well-known book on drilling fluids fills more than 600 pages, while Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering must cover similar topics in only 60 pages. Similar problems of topic selection, condensation, and presentation must be solved for each of the other disciplines covered in the textbook. Because the book must be useful for introductory studies, intermediate studies, and post-graduate studies, each topic not only must cover elementary concepts but also include more advanced topics.