PETEX™ introduces New Interactive Offshore Oil Rig


The Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX™) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce the launch of its new Interactive Offshore Oil Rig. This innovative, 3-D e-product provides a unique learning perspective on the inner workings of a semi-submersible oil rig, one of the most intricate and powerful units used in offshore drilling operations. PETEX is a leading instructor of oil and gas industry workers in Texas and around the world.

The Interactive Offshore Oil Rig gives users an inside view to see and hear about each component of the rig—what it does and where it is located-- and lets users zoom in for expanded views. Options include visuals and detailed audio describing ten different areas of the rig including a 360° Rig View, Power and Hoisting Equipment, Circulating and Cementing Equipment and much more.

The product includes an online assessment that tests the learning progress of the user. A passing score earns users a Completion Certificate from PETEX and The University of Texas at Austin. Developed by PETEX Learning Specialist Itzel McClaren with assistance from the university’s Faculty Innovation Center at the Cockrell School of Engineering, this product is the result of a true collaboration between scholars and oil and gas professionals.

PETEX’s Director Zahid Yoosufani says, “The Interactive Offshore Oil Rig is the only product of its kind on the market for offshore drilling and is especially useful for oil and gas industry personnel seeking a better understanding of the individual parts of this extremely complex mechanical unit. With thousands of offshore rigs actively drilling for oil and gas around the world, effective training is now more critical than ever.”

The Interactive Offshore Oil Rig is available for subscription and licensing purchases. For more information, contact us online at or by phone at 1-800-687-4132. You may also try the demo.