9-10-07 by simpson
San Juan College School of Energy in Farmington, NM, has just announced it will receive $750,000 from BP over the next three years to train natural gas field technicians. San Juan College is one the fastest growing community colleges in New Mexico.
A key to the program is the development Internet-based computer simulation for natural gas production facilities.
According to a news release, “BP’s contribution will allow the college to work with an animation firm to develop the series of interactive computer simulations that show workers how equipment operates. Simulations will be created that show late-model pump engines, wellheads, Christmas tree valves, meter runs, tanks, heater-treaters and separators.”
Sounds to me like they are planning their own version of “Second Life.” Do you suppose students will have their own avatars?
One thing is certain: Given BP’s track record with oil refinery equipment failures in the real world, it’s a good thing the students are being trained with a computer simulation. Can you imagine what would happen if they were taught on gas equipment of the same age and condition as Bumbling Petroleum’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, or its pipelines in Alaska?