Check-6 will install three Well Control CATS (Competency Assurance Training Systems) at Texas Tech University’s Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building. More than $250,000 in Check-6 training software will be added to the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering’s Chevron Well Control Simulation Lab. “Sophisticated learning platforms, such as Well Control CATS are playing a critical role in the development of today’s digital oilfields, and we are pleased to deploy high-tech, hands-on training systems to help prepare future petroleum engineers for real-world situations,” said Jason “Mac” McAlister, COO for Check-6 Training Systems.
Each Well Control CAT System features a 150°-dome display, which delivers academic and simulation modules designed to keep crews and students sharp on the critical fundamentals of primary and secondary well control for both surface and sub-sea scenarios. The modular curriculum, created by Check-6, is designed to enhance classroom instruction and add hands-on simulation exercises to well control training and certification courses. The system also includes the Check-6 Learning Management System, which tracks and documents student performance for academic and simulation training scenarios.
“Applying the Check-6 Well Control CATS to our existing curriculum certainly strengthens the university’s academic leadership position in the advancement of emerging technologies within the oil and gas industry,” said Heather Johnson, Business Manager for the petroleum engineering department. “We are confident this system will be well received by faculty members and students pursuing petroleum engineering degrees.”
Check-6 expects to have all three units built and integrated into the research building by late October 2014. After completing installation, Check-6 will provide a two-day “train the trainer” course for faculty. As part of the monthly license agreement, the company will provide the university with software and lesson content access, upgrades and technical support.