The objective of this paper is to showcase the applications of augmented reality and 3D visualization to enhance the learning process of petroleum engineering concepts. In this study, an educational magazine covering various components of an offshore drilling rig with embedded 3D models is used. In addition, the magazine includes simplified text describing the definition and functionality of various drilling components.
The prototype of this magazine was sent to both current and former students of Texas A&M University at Qatar and was accompanied by a survey designed to evaluate the efficacy of the magazine. The participants showed a significant favor towards the use of augmented reality and 3D visualization in petroleum engineering education through the survey. Overall, the augmented reality experience provided has given the participants a new dimension in the interactive-learning field. Also, the magazine provides a unique experience to visualize petroleum engineering operations and concepts in the midst of COVID-19, where many trips and experiences are limited.