A video showing basing movement in the environment and opening the well, along with some user interface possibilities.
Our simulator allows you to run a surface test with 3-phase flow from flow head to burners, in real-time and within a realistic testing environment directly on your PC or laptop. No special hardware is needed, and every feature has been designed for authenticity, so that trainees can apply the knowledge gained within the simulator to real-world testing operations.
An efficient mathematical model underlies the calculations of three phase flow and pressure/temperatures measured at each point in the network of pipes and equipment. This allows for realistic feedback on every action you perform and helps trainees understand the basics of flow and pressure at various points in the surface test layout. We are always trying to find ways to improve the flow/pressure model, and as processors become more powerful, we will be able to do so without loosing the valuable instant feedback the user currently get.
The image below highlights a few of the modular controllers linked together to create the flow model.
Each piece of equipment within the simulation can be operated the way equipment in the field would be. All valves can be opened or closed, and the user gets instant feedback on each action, in the form of pressure, temperature or liquid level changes just as they would on a real training loop or in the field.
The image below shows all the controllable valves on the ESD system highlighted in white and all the feedback gauges and visuals highlighted in green:
A list of currently implemented standard equipment that has been implemented so far includes:
The addition of more equipment is planned for future releases. This includes but is not limited to:
Heater with choke
chemical injection pump and simulation of hydrates
controllable air manifold for burners
BOP stack control panel for emergencies
Radiation based 3-Phase flow measurement equipment
We are also working on ways to allow users to create their own layout, and on grading trainees on the efficiency and correctness of their layouts.
The color of burner flames, their size and the amount of smoke release depends on the constitution of the fluid being burned. Burner flames are also affected by wind strength and direction.
Wind is modeled as a physical force and is able to disperse H2S released (e.g. from an open sampling point) in a typical dispersion pattern – e.g. standing downwind of a leak will increase H2S exposure.
Wind direction and speed can be gauged from the speed of turning of the anemometers in the scene, and direction can be gauged by looking at the wind socks and smoke direction in the simulator environment.
The burners and rig flare radiate heat and a typical pattern is simulated. Moving closer to the heat sources will increase exposure and health levels drop if the user gets dangerously close. The amount of heat radiation, obviously depend on flow rates and composition of the effluent directed to the burners. We are planning to add the effect of wind strength and direction and the amount of water pumped (currently this cannot be controlled) to create a more realistic radiation model.
The environment has been modeled to resemble a real testing site. Unlike with most other industrial simulators, details that may not be important to the simulation itself, but rather, enhance the sense of “being there” have not been neglected. Additionally, many of the objects in the site will provide more information on what they are and how they are used to the trainee when they are clicked. This gives the trainee access to information that is not necessarily related to surface testing, but that will give them an appreciation of the whole rig and its operation. Currently the simulation runs on two onshore sites, one in a forested land during the day, and another at night in the desert. We have also started to develop a third testing site (on an offshore rig) and it will be available soon.
There is a large amount of data generated in the simulator – every user action and flow parameter is recorded. Plots, and exporting features give the user access to this data.
1. The user can write and maintain a Testing Log. Each user entry is time/date stamped and added to the global logs, but the testing log can also be exported to a text file separately.
2. The user can select multiple important test parameters and plot them. These plots can be exported in graphical form for reporting.
3. The entire global log can also be exported in a “Comma Separated File” for import into MS Excel or other data processing software. The global log contains a time-sorted list of all pressure, temperature and flow values along with all user actions. This is especially important if an instructor wishes to check on a trainees progress or errors.
The current version of the simulator Ver 0.9 has undergone limited beta testing. After further testing by the community and bug fixes, we aim to release version 0.91. We are also planning on major feature additions before we reach version 1.0.
The next update will include minor fixes (particularly to the temperature simulation code) and hydrate formation simulation. A Steam Heat Exchanger and a Chemical Injection pump will be added.
We will commence public sales of the Well Test Simulator: Surface Testing. Software, support and documentation will be available on this website. Please note that the version sold here is a personal edition, which means you are free to use it for your own personal use only. The license does not allow for training centers or companies to employ this version for training or evaluation purposes of their existing or potential employees. If you own a business and are interested in acquiring a license please use the contact forms on this website to contact our sales representative.