Students Use Classroom Knowledge for Real World Applications

Associate Professor Dr. Teodoriu led MPGE students through projects culminating in the construction of small models and demonstrations. For the third consecutive year these two graduate courses, Horizontal Well Technology and Advanced Drilling Technology, had student teams that competed against their peers in presenting their final projects around drilling engineering.

Horizontal Well Technology students chose a topic, divided duties among team members, and applied the topics from the course to propose the build of small-scale models in drilling engineering. Teams were given a budget of $100 and were to perform within industry standards of operations including economic, engineering, and environmental constraints. Despite the intensity of the work, students were fully engaged in hands on learning activities and were excited to use their skills and course content in a dynamic and fun competition. Team presentations and demonstrations were judged by MPGE drilling faculty. The winning team built a multiphase flow horizontal well showing the effects of gas and water inflow.

For the Advanced Drilling Technology students, the aim of the competition was different. The course was designed around the National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Drilling Simulator, and culminated in a workshop where student teams presented their analyses on data flow and the impact in real-time situations.

MPGE would like to acknowledge and thank NOV for their Drilling Simulator and the ocean of opportunities it is offering our students every semester; and Cudd Energy Services for their commitment and gracious sponsorship of these activities. These industry partners recognize that the more our students experiment and grow their knowledge, the greater the industry will be.

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