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Drilling Glossary of the Future

Every well control student learns differently and in different ways. Often, a wide variety of different types of students are put in the same classroom and forced to learn in one way. This problem is amplified in the oil field, where rig workers in the same well control school may be at vastly different levels. In fact, the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and skill levels in a modern well control classroom is arguably unrivaled across the industry!

Some rig workers may be in a well control class for the first time; some rig workers may have attended many times in the past. Some students may have an advanced engineering degree, while others may have never completed middle school. Some students may understand math and be able to pick up well control concepts quickly; others may really struggle.

The greatest well control school in the world would be a classroom of one- where each and every rig worker could receive a completely unique learning experience customized to his or her knowledge, experience, and learning style. In our online well control school, Learn to Drill tries to bring students closer to this learning experience.

By its very nature, mobile well control learning allows students to learn anytime, anywhere, and at any pace. A student has the option to easily go back and review any confusing well control concepts. Mobile learning allows a student to go through the material at his or her perfect pace.

One of the most powerful features of the Learn to Drill well control courses is a linked glossary. Like many well control schools, Learn to Drill offers a glossary where every single drilling or well control term brought up in the course is defined. However, unlike other courses, the Learn to Drill glossary is linked throughout the course.

What does this mean? Every single time a well control term is mentioned, it is linked to a glossary entry. A student can simply click on the word to pop up the entry in the glossary. Let’s look at an example from the Learn to Drill well control course. In the section on the U-Tube Effect, a student examines an example where the True Vertical Depth of fluid in the drillpipe decreases to balance hydrostatic pressure. Let’s say the student learned about hydrostatic pressure some time ago, or wasn’t paying complete attention, and doesn’t remember what True Vertical Depth is.

In a classroom well control school, a student would have to raise his hand, disturb the entire class, and ask an instructor to refresh the definition. Many students would likely not even ask at all and just continue through their well control training, confused and shaky on this fundamental concept! In most online courses, a student would have to physically go back to the previous section on hydrostatic pressure, navigate to the page, and refresh the concept. In reality, once again, many students would not spend this level of effort.

They would just continue through the well control course, without having a complete understanding of True Vertical Depth, Hydrostatic Pressure, or the U-Tube Effect. And this would compound with more and more complex concepts! The beauty of the Learn to Drill linked glossary is that it makes it very easy and straightforward for the student to refresh any concepts. In this example, a student would just be able to click on the word “True Vertical Depth” and the glossary entry would pop up with a clear and concise definition. Coming closer to a classroom of one!

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