Thursday last week was a little different for the Prodrill Energy Resource Solutions specialists and support team as they welcomed a unique training opportunity to build on their technical knowledge within the Drilling and Wells arena with an insight and a tour of the Drilling Simulator at RGU, Garthdee, Aberdeen.
The Prodrill team experienced first-hand, a full-scale reproduction of an offshore Jack-Up drilling rig, complete with state-of-the-art touch screen consoles for both driller and assistant driller. 3D graphics of the rig’s drill floor and automated or remotely-controlled equipment are projected onto a 60ft long cinema screen at the front of the drilling control room cabin. As the driller operates the rig floor equipment, the simulation depicts realistic and dynamic graphics and sounds to simulate what the driller would see and hear on the rig.
Louise Wood, Managing Director of Prodrill said: “Today was an exciting adventure and an inspiration for our team, made possible by Peter Howell, Drilling and Wells Excellence Manager at Robert Gordon University, Oil and Gas Institute and the University’s commitment to the industrial relevance and professionalism of its academic activity in the oil and gas sector. Our team experienced a unique realistic drilling experience in The DART® simulation suite (Dynamic Advanced Response Training) today which they all valued and enjoyed immensely. As we continue to invest in our people with over 100 days committed to training in the current trading year, this opportunity afforded to Prodrill was very much appreciated as our team undertake specific courses to improve competency whilst enhancing Aberdeen’s reputation as a Centre of Drilling and Well Engineering Excellence.”
As a means of thanks for this occasion, Prodrill donated to the RGU Foundation where the aim of the foundation is to encourage philanthropy from individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate bodies to support and enhance the learning, teaching including access for disadvantaged students and the development of focused, industry-oriented and high value research programmes.