Three Edmonton Companies Team Up for Oil and Gas Training

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Three Edmonton, Alberta companies win prestigious contract to redo SYSTEM 21 for the Well Control School in Houston Texas. Using gaming technology, the new training system is meant to appeal to today's younger workforce in the oil and gas industry.

Today’s younger workforce relates very well to gaming technology and SYSTEM 21 needs to implement the highest level of interactive graphics into our training systems, said Ed Geissler, President of Well Control School.

The Well Control School (WCS) of Houston, Texas has selected 3D Interactive Inc. (3DI) and two other Edmonton technology companies to redo and enhance the SYSTEM 21, the most widely recognized well control e-learning system for the global oil and gas industry. SYSTEM 21 is accredited by IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors) and API (American Petroleum Institute). 3DI specializes in high-fidelity interactive simulations and “because of our prior work in the oil and gas industry, we were able to demonstrate a significant understanding of WCS’s requirements,” said Wade Carson of 3DI.

The oil and gas services industry is experiencing an unprecedented growth with a number of new workers. This younger workforce has been raised playing video games and already relates well to simulated environments and controls. “Today’s younger workforce relates very well to gaming technology and SYSTEM 21 needs to implement the highest level of interactive graphics into our training systems. This is why we selected 3DI for the upgrade – they amazed us with their simulations and understanding of our industry’s training challenges,” said Ed Geissler, President of WCS.

3DI teamed up with two other Edmonton companies, Christie Communications and Yardstick, to propose an innovative e-learning and e-commerce platform with a curriculum that contains more than 2,000 well control and related topics. Interactive tasks and role-playing will assist learners in becoming familiarized with well control concepts while emphasizing correct procedures and teamwork. “Teaming up with Yardstick and Christie allowed 3DI to present a fast-track development schedule, which was one of the key project requirements”, said Don Hauck, 3DI’s founder and president.

About 3D Interactive Inc.
3DI is a leading developer of interactive simulation-based training systems based in Edmonton, Alberta. Our talented team designs and creates high-fidelity, physics-enabled digital versions of industrial equipment that according to industry trainers looks, feels, and performs more like the actual equipment than competing systems. Since its formation in mid-2005, 3DI has successfully delivered leading edge training simulations to BP Energy, Hertz Industrial, Atlas Copco, Ensign Energy, Snubco Pressure Controls, Caterpillar, JBL, Enbridge, Barrick Gold, the U.S. Army, Suncor Energy, Genie/Terex and the Government of Alberta. To view videos of 3DI’s latest innovations in industrial simulations, visit 3DI at

About Christie Communications Ltd.
For the past 30 years, Christie Communications of Edmonton, Alberta has been developing innovative multimedia and custom e-learning programs. Christie Communications’ products are known for their high-end quality and imaginative content that covers a wide range of subject areas, from health to security to technology. In addition to its many Alberta based clients, Christie Communications has worked successfully with international clients including UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Christie Communications created award-winning security training courseware for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2010, and is currently working with World Vision International – the largest NGO in the world – on the production of two global programs. The team has experience producing multilingual materials in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and Arabic. Christie Communications was the winner of the Alberta Export Award in the Professional & Services award category in 2010. Their website is

About Yardstick
Yardstick is a privately owned Edmonton company that provides online, web-based testing and training software for over 300 clients who set the standards in their separate industries. Yardstick’s web-applications are designed to revolutionize the way businesses use the Internet to sell testing and training and can help any sized organizations with an easy-to-deploy, fully-managed testing and training solution. Yardstick was recently named to Deloitte's 2011 Fast 500 list, recognizing the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, and telecommunications companies in the United States and Canada. Visit their website at:

About the Well Control School
Houston-based WCS has trained and certified more than 75,000 industry personnel worldwide since its formation in 1979. The WCS developed the first IADC approved computer-based well control training program in 2001 and branded it as "SYSTEM 21 Well Control Training". This training system was developed as a competency-based well control training program that meets the requirements of IADC’s WellCAP®. Its curriculum contains more than 2,000 well control related topics and skills providing training, testing, simulations and overall employee competence. Interactive tasks and role-playing assist learners in becoming familiarized with well control concepts while emphasizing correct procedures and teamwork. For more information, contact WCS at: (713) 849-7400; staff(at); or

For more information:

3D Interactive Inc.
Suite 202, 7718 104th Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6E 4C5
Don Hauck, President
(780) 440-1128

Christie Communications Ltd.
#530 10909 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3L9
Alexis MacMillan, President
(780) 424-4433, ext. 247

Suite 200, 8616 – 51 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6E 6E6
Greg Kureluk, VP Sales & Marketing

Well Control School
Suite 290, 16770 Imperial Valley Drive
Houston, Texas, U.S.A. 77060
Barry J. Cooper, Manager – Business Development
(713) 849-7400

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