THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management department will unveil its well control simulation lab with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in 407 Gouaux Hall.
The well control simulator, which is already being used by upperclassmen PETSM majors, provides a virtual drilling experience in the classroom. Nicholls will be the only university in the Gulf South using this technology on its campus.
“It’s one thing to teach a concept or theory, but it’s a whole lot better when you can immerse students in the technology that they’ll be facing in the real world. It increases their likelihood of being employed and decreases the amount of time of training,” said Dr. Milton Saidu, PETSM department head.
The technology and the equipment were funded by a combination of industry donations and student fees. The Lafayette and New Orleans chapters, as well as the national American Association of Drilling Engineers donated more than $56,000. The Morgan City Oilfield Fishing Rodeo contributed an additional $9,000.
Representatives from both the Lafayette and New Orleans AADE Board of Directors will be in attendance to tour the lab and other PETSM facilities.
“Generous donations, like the ones we received from the industry, are providing Nicholls students with state-of-the-art technology that will give them a leg up when they enter the job market,” said Michael Gautreaux, executive director of PETSM.