Aberdeen SUT+ Update September 2015

The Aberdeen Branch SUT+ group has continued provide some fantastic events throughout 2015.

In May, the group visited the KCA Deutag drilling simulator (DART) at the Robert Gordon University.

The DART facility at RGU utilises a state-of-the-art drilling simulator incorporating cyber chairs, touch screens, a ‘doghouse’ environment, & a cinema style projection of an offshore drilling facility.  It is used to train & access drill crews, specialising recently in scenario, situational, & behavioural aspects of well control situations. KCA Deutag Group Head of Operation, Geoff Monson, gave the group an introduction to the world of drilling on the night.

The group were also lucky to have the chance to undertake a taster workshop on Project Management, delivered by Jacqui Smith of Pro-fection. This proved to be a very useful and worthwhile session giving attendees a fast-track overview of the standard APMP qualification course.

In June, Subsea 7 opened the doors to their north sea spoolbase in Leith, Edinburgh, where attendees were given a tour of the pipeline fabrication process – in action!

Activity didn’t stop over the usual SUT summer break. In July, SUT+ welcomed Wood Group Chief Executive, Bob Keiller, to give an informal talk at the inaugural “An Evening with…” event. This will be followed up with presentations from more industry leaders very soon.

This was followed up by two site visits to Wild Well Control at their Smith Quay, Peterhead, to see their capping stack equipment, and to Wartsila to see their workshop and manufacturing facilities.

In August, a second visit to the National Hyperbaic Centre was provided where attendees learned about diving, hyperbaric medicine and hyperbaric testing of subsea equipment. The group will continue to provide visits to the NHC as they are proving to be very popular.

Thanks go to KCA Deutag, Pro-fection Training, Subsea 7, Wood Group, Wild Well Control and the National Hyperbaric Centre.

For further information on events and to sign up to the mailing list, please visit www.sutaberdeen.org/sutplus/