RGU and Merlin launch new extended-reach drilling training course

The RGU oil drill simulator in action
The RGU oil drill simulator in action

Robert Gordon University (RGU), in conjunction with Merlin ERD Ltd, has developed a bespoke training course in extended reach drilling for oil and gas industry professionals. 

The three-day intensive course draws upon Merlin’s experience in delivering horizontal, high angle and complex wells and includes an array of expert instructors, as well as use of the university’s DART® training facilities.

The courses offer a combination of classroom exercises with the virtual technology delivered via RGU’s state-of-the-art simulation suite, which provides delegates with a unique interactive learning experience.

Peter Howell, Drilling and Wells Excellence Manager at RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, explains: “This practical hands-on approach ensures the effective planning of complex extended reach wells when executing challenging drilling programmes.”

The DrillSIM-6000 simulator has a control cabin (fitted with 2 x drillers’ chairs) offering users a realistic drilling experience.  It employs the most up-to-date computer software, four projectors and the latest in 3D graphics to represent the drilling equipment and processes currently used within the industry.

Merlin specialises in extended reach drilling, a technique which enables oil and gas companies to increase hydrocarbon production. This proven approach makes marginal fields economic, allowing previously ignored pools to be brought to market whilst reducing the environmental impact.”

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