A 3D view of coal seam gas

Technology with a twist comes to Narrabri

Wearing their 3D glasses Narrabri-based Environment Protection Authority staff Bridie George (connected communities officer), Addy Watson (connected communities supervisor), Nicholas Payne (operations officer) and Carmen Dwyer (director of gas regulation)  go through a training module relating to coal seam gas wells in a portable ‘igloo’ set up in the EPA Maitland Street office.

As the process to decide whether or not the Narrabri Gas Project gets the tick of approval continues its long path, the state government body responsible for environmental oversight of coal seam gas is leaving no stone unturned to ensure its staff know what they are dealing with.
To that end, the Environment Protection Authority has been training Narrabri staff in a futuristic setting - a 6m diameter ‘igloo’ theatre which simulates in 3D a coal seam gas well, right down to hundreds of metres below the surface.
The Courier got the opportunity to put the training module through a test run on Tuesday, and was impressed with the way the software, developed in partnership with a private company, gave an accurate simulation of what might reasonably be expected to be found on site above and below the ground.
As EPA training unit executive director Sarah Gardner said “officers will be virtually transported thousands of kilometres away and hundreds of metres below the surface at the click of a button”.