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Repurposing an API for oil drilling simulation software

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    Dr C gatzidis
    Dr W Tang
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Project Description

This project is to be carried out in collaboration and with the support of a Bournemouth-based company called Drilling Systems ( The company develops oil drilling simulators for educational and other purposes and has a long standing relationship with the University, for example taking on in the last few years a number of placement and graduate students from the Creative Technology Department and other Departments (plus Faculties).

The project proposed here has a strong software-engineering focus, concentrating on the existing DrillSIM API (Application Programming Interface) Drilling Systems already has. This is a C# programming language API which allows the user to write programs which interact with/override elements of their simulation. It is a very powerful concept but also limited at the moment, i.e. it only opens up certain subsets of variables to the user, and likewise, the downhole model of the API is also limited in that it doesn’t have some of the features or architecture behind it to support areas in which other partners of the company wish to conduct research in.

So, the intention of the project is to improve the API and the downhole model architecture concurrently in order to support both the company developers and their research customers in developing features and algorithms which can then be included in their standard products. One of these is a 3D well representation for example, although there are other areas this work can make a contribution too.

In short; the technical challenge of the project is to carry out research and development/improvement/addition of new functionality/restructuring of an existing API in a very niche context area (that of oil drilling simulation) and downhole model to support the wider R&D activities of Drilling Systems. Extensive research will be conducted in all the activities of the API work above, plus other existing approaches in this area, with attempts to, then, introduce novel approaches (such as automation for example) within these and into the general process.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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