The creation of North America’s largest, most technologically advanced centre to train the petroleum engineers has taken a major step forward following the installation of a new multi-million-dollar simulator suite at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.
Simulator developer Drilling Systems has worked with the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science to build the Drilling and Completions Simulation Laboratory, part of a new US$105 million Engineering Education and Research Building, which will be officially opened in September 2019.
The new laboratory will be used to train future talent for the oil and gas industry using simulator technology and immersive training techniques such as virtual reality. It will also develop new innovative solutions for the global energy sector and industry through simulation, visualization, modelling, consulting and training.
The centre features the world’s most advanced drilling and well control simulator, the dual cyber chair DrillSIM 6000 and conventional brake handle DrillSIM 5000, and also includes the CTS 5000 coiled tubing and WL5000 wireline simulators for well intervention and completion activities, along with a workspace that can hold large classes. An instructor at a central command centre can control all the units.
Using this technology, students will learn how to operate complex drilling, well control and well servicing equipment to prepare them for the workplace. They will be able to experience all the movement, sounds and operations of real offshore and onshore rigs but in a safe environment. Crucially, students can also experience high risk operational scenarios, which could never be practised in the field.
The collaboration with Drilling Systems is helping the University of Wyoming position itself as a leading educator for the worldwide energy sector and the largest in North America. It will allow the university to create masters and Ph.D. programmes in drilling and completions to complement its existing programmes.
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