New 3-D product brings complex mechanics and inner workings of rig to life


New 3-D product brings complex mechanics and inner workings of rig to life

AUSTIN -- The Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX) at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the launch of its new Interactive Offshore Oil Rig. This innovative, 3-D e-product provides a unique learning perspective on the inner workings of a semi-submersible oil rig, one of the most intricate and powerful units used in offshore drilling operations.

The Interactive Offshore Oil Rig gives users an inside view to see and hear about each component of the rig and what it does and where it is located-- and lets users zoom in for expanded views. Options include visuals and detailed audio describing ten different areas of the rig including a 360 degree Rig View, Power and Hoisting Equipment, Circulating and Cementing Equipment and much more.

The product includes an online assessment that tests the learning progress of the user. A passing score earns users a Completion Certificate from PETEX and The University of Texas at Austin. Developed by PETEX Learning Specialist Itzel McClaren with assistance from the university's Faculty Innovation Center at the Cockrell School of Engineering, this product is the result of a true collaboration between scholars and oil and gas professionals.

PETEX's Director Zahid Yoosufani says, "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."


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