JMA recently provided a rig site field trip for 90 students and faculty in the Energy Management Program from The University of Tulsa. Students were guided around an operating drilling rig owned by Bronco Drilling. The tour included explanations about day to day operations of the rig and a presentation of bits and directional drilling equipment. Other stations included a discussion of testing, maintaining and modifying drilling fluid along with a demonstration of operation of equipment required to maintain drilling fluid chemical propertie and remove cuttings. Students were shown sampling techniques and analysis of drilling cuttings used on the location for the purposes of providing geological information to technical personnel to optimize a drilling process for a successful well completion.
Field trip guests were given a tour of a producing well facility. The JMA sponsored tour included demonstrations of production and measurement equipment used to operate a well. Other stations showed how well production is processed after coming out of the formation in the wellbore to separate oil and gas from other produced fluids at the surface and make the hydrocarbons marketable. Students were given an onsite learning station to show how a wire line truck is used to perform down hole measurements to gather information about the producing formation. It is JMA’s intention to make these types of experiences connect students’ curriculum with a practical view.
JMA is planning another educational on site field trip in February, 2011 for energy students to witness first hand what they are studying in the classroom.