Researcher Announcement

EFD Virtual Site Updates

Posting Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

HARC’s EFD Team launched the ‘EFD Virtual Site’ website, a free, online, interactive website/tool to help foster environmental stewardship as part of oil and gas workforce development. With this, came the added benefit of communicating to those outside of industry, not only about the processes of energy production, but also about improvements to safety technologies and environmental protection systems being used to address various issues associated with development. The Virtual Drilling Rig was released in 2012 and the Virtual Hydraulic Fracturing site was released in 2014.

The EFD Team now shares the Virtual Production Pad site and the Virtual Offshore Safety Awareness (VOSA) site. The objective of these additions is to share some of the practices and technologies that foster a culture of safety and emergency preparedness as well as some of the environmental protection measures associated with oil and gas development in various phases and locations.

This free informational tool was built using gaming software in order to interactively engage current and future energy employees, geologists, and environmental specialists, promoting environmental stewardship to all stakeholders. The EFD Virtual Site invites visitors to walk around an operating drilling rig and hydraulic fracturing site without leaving their desk. Numerous ‘hot spots’ are located on these sites that provide information on process technologies and practices. When a user clicks on a hot spot, a manual pops up that provides general information, shares environmentally friendlier alternatives, and provides literature, case studies and/or videos on the equipment/practices.

For information, please visit or and contact Andra

Note: The Production site addition was supported by a grant from The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF). The VOSA site addition was supported by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences under award number 2000006007. Content is solely the responsibility of the authors & does not necessarily represent official views of the CGMF, Gulf Research Program, or the National Academy of Sciences.