Virtual controls, also known as software controls, have several advantages over hardware controls, including:
Flexibility: Virtual controls can be easily customized and reconfigured to suit the needs of different users and applications. This is particularly useful in situations where hardware controls are limited in terms of their functionality or where users need to switch between different modes of operation quickly. In the field, workers will be presented by different choke manifolds, BOP configurations and drilling controls. By investing in Endeavor, all of these critical components can be reconfigured prior to the course to give the students a realistic view of the different configurations they will see in the field. With antiquated hardware simulators, only one configuration can be presented and taught to students.
Cost: The cost of maintain physical hardware can be extremely expensive and unpredictable. Virtual controls can be updated and maintained through software updates, which can be less expensive than replacing physical components. This means that virtual controls can be easily upgraded to fix bugs, add new features, or improve performance, which can extend the lifespan of the system.
Accessibility: Virtual controls can be accessed and maintained remotely through an internet connection, making them more accessible than hardware controls that are tied to a specific piece of equipment. This is particularly useful in situations such as Kuwait University where Endeavor can access and maintain the simulation and it’s components remotely without deploying a technician which would be an additional and unpredictable cost to the University.
User Interface: Virtual controls can be designed with user-friendly interfaces, guiding the user to navigate than hardware controls that may have more complex interfaces. Additionally, virtual controls can provide real-time feedback and visualizations that can help users better understand the state of the system they are controlling.
Customization: Virtual controls can be easily customized and reconfigured to suit the needs of different users and applications. This means that users can design their own choke panels and manifolds, BOP equipment, well plans and automate certain tasks, and access controls from any device with an internet connection.
Reduced downtime: When hardware controls fail or require maintenance, equipment downtime can be significant, leading to production delays and lost revenue. Virtual controls can be maintained and updated with minimal downtime, reducing the impact of maintenance on operations.
Remote access: Virtual controls can be accessed and maintained remotely, which can eliminate the need for on-site maintenance personnel and reduce travel costs associated with maintenance. This can also reduce the risk of injury to personnel when performing maintenance on equipment.
Scalability: Virtual controls can be easily scaled to accommodate changes in the size or complexity of the system being controlled. This means that virtual controls can be more cost-effective than hardware controls in situations where the size of the system is likely to change over time.
Reduced hardware costs: Hardware controls can be expensive to purchase, install, and maintain, especially for large or complex systems. Virtual controls can reduce hardware costs by replacing physical components with software and enabling remote access and control.
Endeavor is able to provide a physical choke panel, manifold and BOP if required for legacy applications.
Although software controls are always recommended, Endeavor listens to our customer's specific requirements and can accommodate their unique needs.