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Robert Gordon University (RGU), in conjunction with Merlin ERD Limited, has developed a bespoke training course in extended reach drilling (ERD) for oil and gas industry professionals.


The three-day intensive course draws upon Merlin’s experience in delivering horizontal, high angle and complex wells and includes an array of expert instructors as well as use of the DART® training facilities at RGU.


The courses offer a combination of classroom exercises with the virtual technology delivered via RGU’s state-of-the-art simulation suite, which provides delegates with a unique interactive learning experience.


Peter Howell, Drilling and Wells Excellence Manager at RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, explains: “Course delegates have the opportunity to apply newly-learned techniques and methods within the safe environment of DART®.  This practical hands-on approach ensures the effective planning of complex extended reach wells when executing challenging drilling programmes.”


The DrillSIM-6000 simulator has a control cabin (fitted with 2 x drillers’ chairs) offering users a realistic drilling experience.  It employs the most up-to-date computer software, 4 x projectors and the latest in 3D graphics to represent the drilling equipment and processes currently used within the industry.


Merlin, are experts in the field of ‘Extended Reach Drilling’ (ERD), a technique which enables oil and gas companies to increase hydrocarbon production.  This proven approach makes marginal fields economic, allowing previously ignored pools to be brought to market whilst reducing the environmental impact.


Another aspect of the course is the integration of Human Factors (non-technical skills training), where delegates gain an appreciation of the impact that stress, situational awareness and communication can have on decision-making and ultimately drilling performance.


DART® is located on RGU’s Garthdee Campus and is widely used by many oil companies in preparation for their upcoming drilling campaigns.  This particular specialist skills course is being offered on an ‘open seat’ basis, meaning that individuals can register to attend.


Iain Hutchison, MD of Merlin ERD adds: “Participation in the course develops individual skills and can build teams’ capabilities.  The combination of theory, practical and non-technical skills training allows each delegate to develop their own competence in this specialist area.”


For more information on the course content, price and details of how to book, contact, visit or call +44 1738 627922.