Aberdeen drilling specialist launches new online upstream training tool

Mike Adams
Mike Adams

A new upstream training platform has been launched by Norwell Engineering, an Aberdeen-based well engineering and drilling project management firm

The new e-learning platform, called Norwell EDGE, has taken five years to develop and will offer 50 in-depth upstream awareness training modules, with a comprehensive exam and, a second advanced course for specialist personnel.

Frustrated by a lack of concerted effort by the oil and gas industry to tackle skills and competency gaps, Norwell decided to invest £400,000 to create its own solution and make training as widely available as possible.

Co-founder Mike Adams, said: “We have seen first-hand the challenges operators & NOCs around the globe are facing through a lack of competent and well-trained workforces.

“In the current situation there are a lot of specialists, all of whom have completed their own specialist courses and health and safety training but very few understand what the other is doing – that can have dangerous consequences as we saw with Deepwater Horizon.

“While the industry has spent a lot of time discussing what needs to be done and introducing new guidelines, we have seen very little change on the ground. Upstream training is still too expensive and only open to a lucky few. We felt it was time to step up and deliver something that will make a real difference.”

The platform went through a rigorous six week beta testing phase which saw more than 1,100 testers from 45 countries taking part and provide feedback.

23 Mar 2018

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