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PhD Studentship - Repurposing an API for oil drilling simulation software

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th April 2019
Closes: 9th June 2019

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Christos Gatzidis

This project is to be carried out in collaboration and with the support of a Bournemouth-based company called Drilling Systems ( The company develops oil drilling simulators for educational and other purposes and has a long standing relationship with the University, for example taking on in the last few years a number of placement and graduate students from the Creative Technology Department and other Departments (plus Faculties).

The project proposed here has a strong software-engineering focus, concentrating on the existing DrillSIM API (Application Programming Interface) Drilling Systems already has. This is a C# programming language API which allows the user to write programs which interact with/override elements of their simulation. It is a very powerful concept but also limited at the moment, i.e. it only opens up certain subsets of variables to the user, and likewise, the downhole model of the API is also limited in that it doesn't have some of the features or architecture behind it to support areas in which other partners of the company wish to conduct research in.

So, the intention of the project is to improve the API and the downhole model architecture concurrently in order to support both the company developers and their research customers in developing features and algorithms which can then be included in their standard products. One of these is a 3D well representation for example, although there are other areas this work can make a contribution too.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (c. 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 09 June 2019.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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