IADC’s DrillingMatters.org website continues to expand its modules designed to educate the public, dispel myths about oil and gas, and put a human face on the people who drill the world’s wells. The website comprises 16 modules featuring a mix of narrated videos and interactive features. Among the latest additions are:
• Hydrocarbons in the 21st Century: Green, Clean and Safe: Today’s advanced drilling equipment and techniques ensure that the world’s oil and gas wells can be drilled safely and with minimum impact to the environment.
• Mission Petro: Pilot the Hydro House: In this 3D game, the player pilots a retro-style rocket ship through an ordinary home. The goal is to identify and “zap” all objects derived from petroleum to fill the ship’s fuel tank. The player’s “inventory” tracks all items zapped and explains the connection to hydrocarbons.
• More than a Fuel: From the food we eat to the clothes on our backs to cosmetics and skincare products, soaps and detergents, life-saving medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, building materials, toys and packaging materials, thousands of the products we use and depend on every day are made from hydrocarbons.
• Life on a Rig: It takes a lot of people to keep a drilling rig working 24 hours a day. Because rigs often drill in remote locations, the men and women who work on them spend weeks away from home, working long hours. However, their hard work is balanced with an abundance of time off, good salaries and generous benefits.
• How Hydrocarbons Drive Jobs and the Economy: As the most abundant, affordable and reliable energy source, fueling most of the planet’s power and electricity needs, oil and gas hydrocarbons also provide value in another very significant way: jobs. And those jobs are generated across countries in every region of the globe, creating a ripple effect that stimulates local economies.
• Energizing Transportation with Oil and Gas: Energizing transportation is one of the largest boons humanity has realized from hydrocarbons. Before oil and natural gas, travel was a peril-fraught endeavor – dangerous, uncomfortable and tediously long.
• Interactive Rig: Drilling Matter’s enhanced interactive rig produces narrated video when a user clicks on any of several rig components.
• Glossary: A handy guide to common and useful drilling terms.
• The Challenge and Rewards in Deepwater: Offshore production began in the US in 1896 in the Pacific Ocean offshore California. Modern offshore drilling and production uses equipment and techniques that are as far from those 19th-century platforms as the International Space Station is from the Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk airplane. DC