New Technology Trains Next Generation of Engineers
The Drilling and Completions Simulation Laboratory will be used to train future talent for the oil and gas industry using cutting-edge simulator technology and immersive training techniques such as virtual reality. (UW Photo)
This fall, when the University of Wyoming Engineering Education and Research Building officially opens, students will gain real world experience without leaving the lab. Part of UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Drilling and Completions Simulation Laboratory will be crucial in training future petroleum engineers.
“Drilling Systems is honored and proud to have our technology and services contributing to the university’s Tier-1 Engineering Initiative,” says Jim Krupa, Drilling Systems regional director. “It is exciting to be involved in developing the next generation of oil and gas engineers.”
According to a June 12 press release, UW’s cutting-edge lab will feature a large classroom workspace and a central command center allowing an instructor to control all the simulators, which feature a dual cyber chair DrillSIM 6000 and conventional brake handle DrillSIM 5000. The simulators also include the CTS 5000 coiled tubing and WL5000 wireline simulators for well intervention and completion activities.
“Technology is embedded into the everyday lives of millennials, and we need to ensure we utilize technology in education to fully engage these students, who will become tomorrow’s workforce,” said Douglas Cuthbertson, professor of practice in UW’s Department of Petroleum Engineering. “This new center demonstrates our commitment to the oil and gas industry and making our college the number-one destination for top-flight education and research.”
The collaboration with Drilling Systems will allow UW to create master’s and Ph.D. programs in drilling and completions to complement its existing programs.