One of our consultants told me that training on the correct use of the auto driller function of our proprietary rig control software could improve drilling rates by 15%. So, I set to work. Most drilling simulators cost in excess of half a million dollars or more. None had our software, however. We had a “simulator” at the school that was an actual drillers seating and computer displays, but they could be taught nothing from it except the use of the joystick, touch screen, and other controls. All the buttons below the screen lead to other functioning screens, all exchanging data. I rather doubt I spent more than 20,000.00 all told and then built it into the “simulator” we had to make it far more realistic and useful. More useful than most simulators as it could be run on any PC anywhere.