Drilling Systems installs well control training lab in the Western Texas College

Dana Fahntrapp Petroleum Technology Instructor Western Texas College

Drilling Systems, part of 3t Energy Group, has delivered a bespoke well control training lab to the Western Texas College (WTC) with the installation of its cutting-edge simulators

The new lab will provide in-demand well control training for petroleum technology students, petroleum industry clients, and well-servicing employees in drilling, work over, intervention and operational procedures. Currently, the closest sites to Snyder for Well Control training in Texas are in Odessa and San Antonio. 

Following the award of a grant to the college, Drilling Systems installed state-of-the-art simulation technology in well control education at WTC’s Opportunity Centre, allowing students to utilise the interactive virtual environment onsite during in-person classes taught by IADC-certified instructors 

Euan Kennedy, director of Americas, Drilling Systems, said, “We are delighted to be working closely with Western Texas College on its new state-of-the-art simulator training facility.  In high-risk sectors like oil and gas, the consequences of human error or equipment malfunction can be catastrophic, and simulators help prepare workers for the field like nothing else.   

“Our simulators allow students to experience the movement, sounds and operations of a real rig so that they can practice everyday operations and specific emergency scenarios in a risk-free environment. This means that when working in the field, they feel prepared and confident with whatever task they face.” 

Students who take the course will be able to demonstrate drilling and well-control principles in real-time and improve their overall competence in safe rig operations. Upon successful completion, the students will obtain an IADC WellSharp certificate requiring 40 hours of training to achieve.  

The DrillSIM: Educational Suite designed specifically for WTC included 1 X DrillSIM: Educator, 55” interactive touch screen, two 65” display screens with advanced 3D surface and 3D downhole graphics, and individual instructor station with dual 19” monitors and fly-around joystick for scenario building and full exercise control.


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