Check-6 deploys the next generation of well control training to Texas Tech University
HOUSTON, Texas -- Check-6, reported that it has inked a deal with the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University. Check-6 will install three Well Control CATS (Competency Assurance Training Systems) in the Chevron Well Control Simulation Lab at the new Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building. As part of the deal, Check-6 will be providing more than $250,000 in training software to the department.
“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 (also donated to the university) which tracks and documents student performance for all 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,” added Heather Johnson, business manager for the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University. “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 Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering 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.
The Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building is a $22,800,000 facility with approximately 42,000 sq ft of modern classroom and research space. The primary goal of the construction of the new building was to provide a facility that would integrate formal teaching environments with hands-on practical applications using cutting-edge research facilities and techniques.