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Does it matter what type of simulator I train on?

At Rig QA International’s facility in Willis, TX (North of Houston, TX), we conduct our well control training simulations on our full scaled CS simulator. And the question you may ask is, “Why does it matter what type of simulator I train on? I can do the same thing on a smaller compact simulator.” This is true. As long as you are able to simulate the primary functions for well control training, the simulator is effective. But let’s face it, it’s just more fun. Because our custom built simulator is designed to give more of the rig feel, it enhances the experience that much more. In addition, the ability to walk up on the rig floor, confirm the line-up of the standpipe manifold, walk over to the choke manifold to confirm the line up there, and so on and so forth, it allows the trainee to mentally put them self on the rig during a well control event. It is quite rewarding to watch as trainees mentally step right onto the rig and into their role, and respond as such.

And this is why Darrel Grumbles, President and Owner of Rig QA International, has invested in our custom built full scale CS simulator! We want you to walk onto our rig floor and mentally put yourself on your rig, and practice Well Control. Granted, it’s still a simulator, but we want it to be as realistic as possible. Of course, we could always flood the room with sea water to make it more of an offshore experience.

Come experience Well Control training at Rig QA, and see how we’ve invested in your training.

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And for your locations outside of our training facilities in Willis, TX (Houston area), we have simulators that we can travel with.

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Return On Investment (ROI)- Is your focus on Quality or just Compliance?

Because of Rig QA’s commitment to quality we cap our classes to a maximum of 8 students. We feel that the individual time on the simulators is critical to having true skills in Well Control.

Understanding and knowledge are excellent for the exam but hands on skill is essential to be able to apply the knowledge. Well Control training should be about managing an actual event not about prepping for the test. If you are competent at well control then you can easily pass the test.

Rig QA works very closely with the Sam Bowden at Stellar Well Control and Risk Services and Dan Eby at Blowout Engineers to make sure that the industry needs are addressed in our training. What we teach in the class we can also inspect in the field. Operators and Contractors are looking for quality at a bargain and that is where Rig QA International provides the value they are looking for.

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Well Control Assessments- Are they ready?

Rig QA has recently assisted Stellar Well Control and Risk Services in conducting two offshore Well Control Assessments. These assessments consist of interviews with everyone from the OIM and Field Superintendent  to the roughneck crews. Every person with a Well Control responsibility is interviewed.

Stellar’s format looks to identify any gaps in the crews understanding during well control of ;

  • Responsibilities,
  • Methods
  • Knowledge of equipment
  • Kick Behavior

Identifying a gap in knowledge or ability becomes a risk if left unaddressed so Benny Mason with Rig QA International was involved to immediately fill in any gaps identified. The interview is stopped and a discussion is initiated until the gap is addressed. Stellar then issues the Operator and Contractor with a very comprehensive report that provides a holistic view of the operational readiness to a kick event.

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$1.2 Million Simulator

Rig QA International and Stellar Well Control and Risk Services have recently participated in conducting 3 Choke Drills on one of the deepwater drillships in the GOM. Using a format adapted from the IADC Deepwater Well Control Guidelines Chapter 5 – Training and Drills, the crews actually trap pressure in the well before drilling out the casing float/shoe and then simulate bumping the float, compensating for CLF, establishing circulating DP pressure and measuring lag time.

Using a real choke, with real fluid and real issues of fluid compression, lag time and communication has shown the crews that the Well Control Classroom Physics and PowerPoint Procedures do not work very well in the reality of the rig. We have been able to identify significant issues with establishing correct SIDPP, correct ICP, issues with reduction schedules in a tapered drillstring, and proper choke operation with extreme lag times. Having these issues identified and resolved before a well control event is a tremendous advantage and has value to the Operator. The Contractor crews are exposed to real well control (without the risk) as an entire crew from the Roughnecks to the Rig Manager. As a result, we have been asked to continue to come to the rig at every casing shoe to continue these Choke Drills. We are heading out again this month!

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Helping During Hard Times.

As we all know, Oil prices are extremely low, budgets are being cut and people are hurting. In response to this Rig QA dropped its cost for IADC Accredited Well Control in 2016. Our owner has once again asked that we lower our tuition to help an Industry that has supported us for years.

Rig QA is announcing their new costs for providing IADC WellSharp Well Control. We will be charging $1,100.00 for any of the WellSharp courses at Driller or Supervisor Level. Whatever you require:

  • Surface Stack, Subsea Stack or Combination.
  • Drilling only or with the Workover/Completion addition.
  • One course, one cost, $1,100.00.

Rig QA International is the  World’s first IADC Training Provider to issue a WellSharp Certificate. To date we have a 100% pass rate on both the written assessments and simulator assessments.

Rig QA has recently acquired a small facility in Lafayette, La. To better serve our customers. Give us the opportunity to meet your training needs.

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