New Simulator Technology to Revolutionise Jack Up Rig Training

Advanced simulator developer, Drilling Systems, has launched new technology which will revolutionise the way drilling crews are trained for Jack-Up 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 Jack-Up rig, and is used in conjunction with Drilling Systems' 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 customised to any rig or operating system and used with or without an instructor.

This innovation means simulator training and assessments for Jack-up 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 Jack-up rig and include all elements of operations, from well control to drilling operations and crane lifting. This means crew members can train and practise 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 (BOP). 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 with its Drillship, Semi-Submersible and Land Rig modules helping to prepare crews for rig reactivations and assuring competency levels.

Clive Battisby, chief operating officer at Drilling Systems, said: “Jack-up 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.  

“Simulation in industries such as aviation and oil and gas has become an essential tool as the technology is extremely immersive and highly effective. 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 optimise 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.”

For a free demonstration of the new Drilling Systems' Jack-up software or to find out more about the OTR system please visit or contact +44 (0) 1202 582255.

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