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Mobile training simulator gets oil and gas industry seal of approval for well control

28th November 2018

Drilling Systems’ revolutionary mobile On-The-Rig (OTR) simulator has been accredited by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) for well control training.

OTR system in use

The unique mobile OTR simulator, which enables rig crew training to take place onsite at the rig itself, received industry approval for Level 3 and 4 well control from the IWCF following months of development by Drilling Systems and leading oil and gas university, Robert Gordon.

IWCF is one of the global independent bodies which sets international training standards for well control accreditation. Having IWCF accreditation means delegates using the OTR receive one of the highest-quality, industry-approved training qualifications in internationally-recognised well control standards. 

Drilling Systems worked with Robert Gordon University (RGU) over several months to develop the market-leading product, adding features such as a separate choke control panel and ensuring the software complies with the IWCF’s requirements.

The OTR can now be used to train well control crews all over the world onsite - providing a cost effective and immediate method of training and assuring competency.

Clive Battisby, Chief Operating Officer at Drilling Systems, said: “Achieving IWCF accreditation for our OTR mobile simulator is a glowing endorsement of the quality of the product and the training it provides. Well control students at RGU will now be able to benefit from industry-approved training and assessment using the OTR simulator.

"We are very grateful to RGU for all their help in the development of the OTR unit for well control training.”


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