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Drilling Systems has collaborated with the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science to build a new simulator suite to provide training to the petroleum engineers of the future.

The University of Wyoming has installed the new Drilling and Completions Simulation Laboratory in the Engineering Education and Research Building.

Part of the new $105m Engineering Education and Research Building, which is set to open in September this year, the laboratory will make use of simulator technology and training techniques such as virtual reality to train future talent for the oil and gas industry. The simulator suite will offer simulation, visualisation, modelling, consulting and training to develop new solutions for the global energy sector and industry.

The simulator suite also features workspace that can hold large classes. All the units will be controlled by an instructor at a central command centre.

University of Wyoming Department of Petroleum Engineering professor of practice Douglas Cuthbertson said: “Our suite features the very latest in simulator technology, digital systems and software, and will give students an unrivaled training experience to make them industry-ready.”

The centre, which features the dual cyber chair DrillSIM 6000 and conventional brake handle DrillSIM 5000, also includes the CTS 5000 coiled tubing and WL5000 wireline simulators for well intervention and completion activities.

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Students can use the technology to get awareness on operating complex drilling, well control and well servicing equipment. Furthermore, they can experience all the movement, sounds and operations of real offshore and onshore rigs and high-risk operational scenarios in a safe environment.

Cuthbertson said: “This new centre demonstrates our commitment to the oil and gas industry and making our college the No. 1 destination for top-flight education and research.”