Nicholls PETSM celebrates new technology with ribbon-cutting ceremony

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management department unveiled its well control simulation lab with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday at Gouaux Hall in Thibodaux.

The well control simulator, which is already being used by upperclassmen PETSM majors, provides a virtual drilling experience in the classroom.

Dr. Bruce Murphy, President of Nicholls State, said the new simulation lab is what Nicholls is all about.  He also said that this is just the beginning and he looks at the promise and the future of the lab.

“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.

The American Association of Drilling Engineers donated more than $56,000. The Morgan City Oilfield Fishing Rodeo contributed an additional $9,000 to make the lab possible.

Nicholls will be the only university in the Gulf South using this technology on its campus.

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