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Drilling Systems launches new technology to revolutionize training for jackup rigs

Drilling Systems has launched new technology which will revolutionize the way drilling crews are trained for jackup rigs, helping to raise competency and drilling standards across the world.

The cutting-edge technology comprises state-of-the-art software, which mirrors all the operations of a jackup rig, and is used in conjunction with the company’s unique On-the-Rig (OTR) simulator system. OTR is a mobile simulator with the capabilities of a full-size simulator, which can be easily transported into the field and used at the worksite, regardless of how remote the location. It can also be fully customized to any rig or operating system and used with or without an instructor. 

This innovation means simulator training and assessments for jackup rig operators can take place on the rig for the very first time, considerably reducing travel time and overall training costs.

The functions and graphics of the software replicate the actual conditions and systems onboard a jackup rig and include all elements of operations, from well control to drilling operations and crane lifting.  

This means crew members can train and practice in a safe, risk-free environment to better prepare them for the real thing.

As well as allowing training in everyday operations, the system enables operators to practice high-risk and emergency scenarios rarely seen in real life, such as freeing a stuck pipe or landing a blowout preventer. This type of training is significantly improving competency and in turn contributing to higher safety levels within the industry.

Drilling Systems’ OTR is already being used extremely successfully in the field helping to prepare crews for rig reactivations and assuring competency levels.

“Jackup rigs are the most popular type of mobile-offshore drilling units, so were always on the list to add to our existing OTR product offering of Drillship, Semi-Submersible and Land Rig modules,” Clive Battisby, Chief Operating Officer at Drilling Systems, said. 

“Simulation in industries such as aviation and oil and gas has become an essential tool as the technology is extremely immersive and highly effective,” Mr Battisby said. “When conducted at the workplace, this type of training becomes even more powerful as operators are able to practice the precise drilling work they will be doing tomorrow – today. Any issues can be ironed out beforehand so that operators are performing at optimum effectiveness, safety and productivity. As well as raising drilling standards, this is helping to optimize drilling operations for many of our customers.

“The Jack-up software has been in development for the past 12 months and we are confident clients will be impressed with what they see,” Mr Battisby added.

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