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Driving learning, research and industry collaboration

Over the last 29 years Drilling Systems has developed a full range of simulators for academia from classroom based multi-user instructor-led systems to full-scale rig-floor simulators and training suites.

These have been shown to dramatically enhance academic learning and understanding, allowing the development of advanced research programmes in the oil and gas space as well as attracting industry collaboration and funding.

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DrillSIM-6000, dome projection, twin cyber chair installation, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

The benefits of simulation in academia

- Providing academic excellence

Our current academic customers enjoy multiple benefits brought about through offering the truly immersive learning experience that Drilling Systems simulators provide including:   

  • Creating industry-leading undergraduate programme curriculums 
  • Attracting the very best student base by offering the very best in cutting-edge technology, training facilities and experiences  
  • Create truly industry-ready graduates with comprehensive industry-specific training  

- Expand your research & development capability

Drilling Systems' advanced downhole DrillSIM model provides the ability to carry out a wide range of research modelling variables for both undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes.

Our simulators allow; 

  • Advanced downhole modelling and modification of the DrillSIM model via the DrillSIM API 
  • Big Data Analytics - comprehensive data package feedback to the user for full analysis of the effects of modifying drilling parameters 
  • The development of comprehensive PhD/Masters programs 
  • The development of collaboration between university and industry leading to potential funding opportunities

- Create closer links with industry

As well as industry collaboration through research, our successful academic partners have created even closer links with the industry itself in providing their own specific drilling, well control and well intervention training courses, alongside their normal graduate programmes. Not only does this generate closer industry ties it also provides a welcome additional revenue stream to help support departmental budgets. Working together we can help you in developing;

  • Full IADC / IWCF approved Drilling, Well Control and well intervention courses
  • Industry specific short courses  
  • Marketing opportunities for University and departments alike
  • Closer Industry partnerships


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Perfect for the classroom environment - the new DrillSIM-Educator Presentation Suite



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Downhole view featuring NEW 2018 3D graphics and comprehensive data feedback

Tailored to education and research

Products for the classroom or small training centre:

Our product range starts at classroom level with our DrillSIM-Educator and DrillSIM-5 student stations controlled from our DrillSIM Suite Manager.

This combination can be tailored to suit your needs with anything from 1 to 30 student stations controlled and managed from one instructor station on the suite manager.



Classroom Suite

Typical classroom suite layout incorporating a DrillSIM Educator and multiple student stations

Expanding your training capability

Drilling Systems can provide a comprehensive range of products from which to expand from the classroom environment into providing a wider range of training and research tools in both well control and well intervention.

Our drilling and well control simulators range from desktop-based tools such as the DrillSIM-50 to full-sized drill-floor conventional or cyber-rig units on which students can experience a truly fully-immersive training experience.

For well intervention training we can offer small scale desktop-based as well as full-sized simulators to cover both coiled and wireline disciplines such as the CTS 50 and WireLine SIM -5000.

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DrillSIM 50 desktop simulator with drilling control, choke, BOP and standpipe manifold panels  

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Conventional-layout full-sized simulator

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Full-sized Wireline simulator - Wireline SIM-5000

Bringing it all together  - design, training and support

Once engaged with us, we will bring over 30 years of experience in the simulator market to create and design a simulator solution to meet your needs for now as well as in the future.

System selection and design

Our simulator systems design service can help to select and create layouts and floor plans for any number of simulators from across the range of training disciplines, creating individual training rooms, suites or entire training centres within your faculty.

Training your instructor team

Once your new simulators have been installed, our Drilling Systems Instructor Programme can provide all levels of necessary training to ensure that your teams are fully trained in the capabilities of your system and the delivery of your curriculum. All training programmes can also be ongoing where and when required.

Maintenance, support and system upgrades

For peace of mind and minimal downtime in the unlikely event of an issue developing with your installation our global support service can provide a comprehensive package of aftermarket support, from an urgent technical issue, through to the latest software upgrades.

To maximise the value of our maintenance agreements, we offer three tiers of Simulator Support Plan.These provide a range of benefits and allowances which can be fully customised to suit the product and your needs covering all your service and maintenance requirements;

  • Online support - 'SIM support online' -available to all Drilling Systems customers
  • Technical support
  • Product support
  • Site visits and servicing


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