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Understanding the Effectiveness of Using VR to Support Teaching Drilling Trajectory Concepts

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Technical Session 8: Virtual Reality

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Computers in Education

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16

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33480

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https://peer.asee.org/33480

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312

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Maryam Mirabolghasemi Mississippi State University

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Michael Andre Hamilton

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Dr. Michael A. Hamilton is an Associate Director at Mississippi State Institute for System Engineering Research (ISER) in Vicksburg, MS. He received his Doctorate, Master and Bachelor degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mississippi State University and has a graduate certificate in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering from Old Dominion University. Currently, he is the technical lead for Big Data Analytic and Visualization, and Surrogate Modeling efforts in conjunction with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). Over the past 4 years, Dr. Hamilton have been leading the efforts for developing immersive virtual environments for conducting data analyzes of tradespace data sets. The immersive data visualization systems allows stakeholders the ability to visualize the tradespace options, subset the data, and work in collaboration with other analysts within the same virtual environment. Other research interest includes using virtual reality for enhancing classroom education in engineering programs.

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Parker Jones Mississippi State University

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​Parker Jones is a Research Engineer for the Institute for Systems Engineering Research at Mississippi State University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Parker received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a MSc in Industrial Engineering. He primarily develops software for virtual reality research projects and manufacturing simulations. Previously he worked as a Process Engineer at Shaw Industries in Dalton, GA.

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David Cole Mississippi State University

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David Cole is an Instructor in Petroleum Engineering in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He teaches a variety of courses including Drilling Engineering covering the topic of directional drilling. Prior to coming to Mississippi State, he had a 34 year career in engineering and leadership positions with Shell Oil Company. During that time, he spent time in drilling, completion, and producing operations, research and technology, and as discipline leader for Production Engineering for Shell’s Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Cole has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a registered professional Petroleum Engineer (Louisiana) and a Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Emily S. Wall Mississippi State University

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Emily Wall is a Research Engineer for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension (CAVS-E). She graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) with a masters of engineering (2018), bachelor's in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2015, and received her Six Sigma Black Belt from MSU's CAVS Extension in June 2016. She is also working towards obtaining her PhD in Industrial Engineering and PE licensure through the MS State Engineering Board. Her current research involves lean six sigma practices and applications, manufacturability, modeling and simulations, and virtual reality applications. She also participates in the teaching of workshops and classes including: Introduction to Engineering, Gage RnR, Minitab, and Statistical Process Control.

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Raed Jaradat Mississippi State University

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Dr. Raed Jaradat is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Mississippi State University and a visiting research scientist working with the Institute for Systems Engineering Research/MSU/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Jaradat received a Ph.D. in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University in 2014. His main research interests include systems engineering and management systems, systems thinking and complex system exploration, system of systems, virtual reality and complex systems, systems simulation, risk, reliability, and vulnerability in critical infrastructures with applications to diverse fields ranging from the military to industry. His publications appeared in several ranking journals including the IEEE Systems Journal, and the Computers & Industrial Engineering Journal. His total awarded projects exceed $ 4.2 M including National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD), Industry, and other Research Laboratories.

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Abstract

As technology in the classroom gains popularity, the interest in virtual reality (VR) in education continues to grow. Benefits of using VR in the classroom include creating hands-on experiences for taught concepts and reaching more learning styles in students. This research aimed to create an educational VR environment teaching aid for petroleum engineering students to visually and spatially examine the results of calculated well trajectory drills. A study to examine the effectiveness of VR was performed on two student groups (VR Aided vs. Non-VR Aided). The research team’s goal was to answer if wellbore trajectory quizzes and homework assignment scores would be higher for VR aided students, if VR aided students’ overall cognitive workload would be lower than the non-VR aided students in regards to completing the wellbore assignment, and if the VR teaching aid would be considered positively in regards to enhancing understanding of calculating wellbore trajectory. Each group of students were taught the same lecture in a traditional classroom setting on the concepts of wellbore trajectory. Then the separated groups were given the same homework assignment and asked to manually solve for 3D well trajectory data. The non-VR group was asked to use Microsoft Excel to apply conversion formulas and determine the 3D well trajectories without a 3D visual aid. The VR group was asked to utilize the VR environment to visualize the 3D well trajectory path. Both groups compared their final results to the known solution. The paper will give an overview of the VR environment, how students interacted with the environment, and the results of the study.

Mirabolghasemi, M., & Hamilton, M. A., & Jones, P., & Cole, D., & Wall , E. S., & Jaradat, R. (2019, June), Understanding the Effectiveness of Using VR to Support Teaching Drilling Trajectory Concepts Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33480

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