LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming boasts that it is home to North America's largest, most technologically advanced center to train the petroleum engineers of the future with a new multimillion-dollar simulator suite.

The university says Drilling Systems has worked with UW's College of Engineering and Applied Science to build the Drilling and Completions Simulation Laboratory. The lab is part of the new $105 million Engineering Education and Research Building, which will officially open on the Laramie campus in September.

The new laboratory will be used to train students for the oil and gas industry using cutting-edge simulator technology and immersive training techniques such as virtual reality. It also will develop new innovative solutions for the global energy sector and industry through simulation, visualization, modeling, consulting and training.