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Climb aboard a virtual rig at this year’s Offshore Europe 2017

Prof. Paul de Leeuw of Robert Gordon University.
Prof. Paul de Leeuw of Robert Gordon University.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) will be providing a 3-D virtual reality experience at next month’s Offshore Europe.

The university, who will have a display as part of Aberdeen City and Shire Exhibition Stand (2C20), are bringing along virtual reality (VR) equipment so that visitors can experience what it feels like to be onboard an offshore rig.

The technology forms part of RGU’s Dynamic Advanced Responsive Training (DART) centre, a joint-venture between KCA Deutag and the university, which provides realistic real-time training within a virtual drilling environment.

RGU have developed the simulation, visualisation and augmented reality systems from their Garthdee campus.

Paul de Leeuw, director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, said: “Offshore Europe has long been associated with the most cutting edge technologies that the energy industry has to offer so we thought it would be a fitting approach to bring our VR simulator to the stand, allowing our guests to get the feel for what we can offer.

“Our VR rig is a computer technology that uses our virtual reality system to generate realistic images, and other sensations of a land and offshore rig.

“The users are able to look around the artificial world, and with high quality graphics move about in it and interact with virtual features on the rigs. We can teleport you to different parts of the rig to see the drilling equipment and how it’s used to drill wells.

“This VR world is great for learning what life is like on the rig and how it works including identify different parts that make up the rig site.

“The suite of simulators we have at DART allows us to create all types of scenarios which may be encountered in drilling operations and develop technology which can overcome the problems the industry is facing.”

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