This Spring JMA Energy was given an opportunity to tour The University of Tulsa’s Drilling Research Project (“TUDRP”). Staff members Don Rahmes, Operations Manager, Terry Gilbert, Petroleum Engineer, and Andrew McDougall, Production Engineer, toured the facility on March 2, 2011.
TUDRP is part of TU’s North Campus, which is designed to explore the petroleum industry while providing facilities for learning by students, researchers, private industry, and governments. The goal is to solve industry-related problems while generating revenue for related projects. One such project is TUDRP, a non-profit cooperative which conducts and applies drilling research. The focus is to provide advancements in drilling technology as well as provide education to students. These technological advancements will provide well cost reduction in regards to drilling and operating oil and gas wells.
For more information regarding the TUDRP and related facilities please visit http://www.tudrp.utulsa.edu/tudrp.html.
On April 9, 2011 JMA Energy hosted 45 students from a class within the University of Oklahoma’s MBA Energy Concentration program. The students received a guided tour of a JMA Drilling Rig Site. Bronco Drilling is the drilling company for the well site and assisted with facilitating the tour.
For most students this was their first trip to a drilling operation and they were overwhelmed by the efficiency of the site and its crew members. Many students remarked how impressed they were with the level of dedication of the crew and the amount of skill and hard work required maintaining the site and its daily operations. The students from the MBA program come from a variety of undergraduate programs including geology, land management, software and information systems, engineers, etc. After returning to the classroom the instructor received positive feedback from the students and many remarking that such a tour was “essential” to connecting their class work to applied sciences in the industry.