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When EdTech Meets Oil and Gas Well Drilling: How We Use ClassIn for Drilling Training
ClassIn Official
2023/04/27· -1 min read

Ahmed El-Maraghi is an expert petroleum engineer with more than 15 years of experience in geoscience reservoir and production technology. He has experience in well test and production data analysis and has performed several sophisticated geoscience research projects in the field of fluid flow in porous media simulation. In 2015, Ahmed founded THINK Engineering holding company to provide several industrial services and technologies.



In over a decade of exploring and advancing petroleum engineering, I have been an avid proponent of technology, especially the creative uses of pioneering technologies. While one would not normally associate ClassIn, an EdTech platform commonly adopted in online learning, with oil and gas well drilling, the virtual classroom software is the only tool to enable effective delivery of interactive drilling training remotely. With this article, I look to share my professional journey and how I expanded the possibilities of my business with the right technology.



From Research to Entrepreneurship: A Journey of Innovation


Innovation is the main driving force behind my enthusiasm in this field. As many know, oil and natural gas are major industries in the energy market, playing an influential role in the global economy. As challenging as the job is, there’s never a boring moment – it requires and brings a combination of innovation, exploration, and expansion.


Practical Training facilities UAE


Practical Training facilities UAE


In my opinion, identifying a problem in your region is the first step for being an entrepreneur. In my domain of work, there were always problems related to machine connectivity or what we call: a machine talk network, in addition to working in remote areas with no coverage of any conventional networks.


This was the primary trigger for founding THINK – to introduce such efficient services of a specially designed network for the purpose of machine talk i.e. IoT and get the coverage through satellite networks.

As the pandemic gave rise to a strong need for remote teaching, we were also dedicated to transferring our knowledge to places of work where we can’t reach physically.

A Commitment to Continuous Training in the Pandemic


Delivering virtual simulator training with the THINK technology – sophisticated mathematical and interactive models – has been invaluable during the pandemic. It has helped us continue educating our workforce across the globe and ensure competency and compliance.


We believe an effective training program is one that adheres to established practices and systematic processes while addressing the needs of an individual and the company.

We also make it a mission to partner with our customers to provide their valuable workforce with learning opportunities, promoting individual growth as well as driving organizational success.

Delivering Effective Remote Training with the Right Tool


We have fully adopted ClassIn to support the training and education services at THINK. The sharing functions, especially remote control during screensharing, are the most awesome features we use. It enables our experts to share the interactive simulator panels and dashboards in a perfectly smooth manner. More importantly, ClassIn lets students operate remote simulators in the same way they did in physical classrooms.


Training session on ClassIn


Training session on ClassIn


The sophisticated training programs at THINK require limitless interactivity and collaboration among the group of students and their instructors. We find that ClassIn is the only tool equipped with the required functions to satisfy the training operation needs.


Following the success of the system, we are now planning to continue using the ClassIn System with the Drilling Simulator for internal Well Control training delivery when appropriate even after the pandemic.


The accurate representation of a conventional rig floor and 3D graphics create a highly realistic and immersive simulation environment, bringing the rig to the trainee. ClassIn System enables the trainee to get the real feeling of such 3D graphics. Both simple and highly complex tasks for land and offshore operations can be recreated to verify skills and competency in real-world situations. ClassIn System is used to deliver interactive training which includes (but not limited to):

  • Oil-based mud, bubble point, and gas flash out
  • Gas expansion and migration
  • Dynamic pressures during well control
  • Lost circulation, loss zones, and leak-off testing
  • Wellbore ballooning/breathing
  • Horizontal and deviated wells
  • Hole cleaning, turbulent, laminar flow
  • Drilling on junk, pipe twist-off, stuck pipe
  • Sloughing, differential sticking, key seating, pack-off
  • High-pressure High-temperature (HPHT) wells operations
  • Managed pressure drilling (MPD)
  • Drilling and tripping


Practical Training facilities KSA


Practical Training facilities KSA



To learn more about THINK:

In 2015, Ahmed El-Maraghi founded THINK Engineering holding company to provide several industrial services and technologies. In addition to education services for industrial services, THINK is providing High-speed, low latency broadband internet through satellite communication. THINK is the LoRaWAN (Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking) operator in Egypt, LoRaWAN protocol is designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national, or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services.

THINK has another division for Oil and Gas technological solutions and services that provides a state of art innovative solutions for the energy industry. In THINK, we create amazing technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all.

On top of the telecommunication and O&G services, THINK created positive IMPACT through the excellence of execution for industrial training services.

  • Implement solutions that accelerate skill application.
  • Maximize the return on your training investment.
  • Partner with customers to enhance workforce capability.
  • Address the unique needs of each learner, team, and organization.
  • Connected effective and engaging learning experience.
  • Technical talent synchronization with business strategy.

Our learning solutions are designed to reduce operational complexity, accelerate the usage of technical capabilities, and ultimately deliver quantifiable business impact. With a global reach in more than 85 countries coupled with strong local experience and diversity in thought, background, and knowledge, the THINK team of technical and technology experts is committed to excellence.