3D rig tool provides interactive learning experience

Posted on 07 August 2013

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Visuals and audio on the PETEX Interactive Offshore Oil Rig describes 10 areas of a semisubmersible, including a 360° rig view, power and hoisting equipment, and circulating and cementing equipment.

The Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX) at the University of Texas at Austin has launched the 3D Interactive Offshore Oil Rig as a learning tool for the inner workings of a semisubmersible. The tool provides an inside view to see and hear about each component of the rig – what it does and where it is located – and lets users zoom in for expanded views. Options include visuals and detailed audio describing 10 areas of the rig, including a 360° rig view, power and hoisting equipment, and circulating and cementing equipment.

An online assessment is included that tests the learning progress of the user. A passing score earns users a completion certificate from PETEX and UT Austin.

“The Interactive Offshore Oil Rig is the only product of its kind on the market for offshore drilling and is especially useful for oil and gas industry personnel seeking a better understanding of the individual parts of this extremely complex mechanical unit. With thousands of offshore rigs actively drilling for oil and gas around the world, effective training is now more critical than ever,” PETEX director Zahid Yoosufani said.

The tool, developed by PETEX with assistance from the university’s Faculty Innovation Center at the Cockrell School of Engineering, is available for subscription and licensing purchases. For more information or to try a demo, click here.

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