In a crisis, fast reactions are essential. For example, when a worker making rounds on an oil rig in the Atlantic discovers a visible gas leak as well as a seriously injured colleague lying on the ground, he has to know exactly what to do. He must immediately make the right decision in a matter of seconds. Should he rescue his co-worker or first ensure the safety of the other people on board the production platform?
Secure, alert and rescue: First he must secure what he is doing. Then he raises the alarm, calls the emergency response team and thirdly attempts a rescue himself. This is standard procedure. It is how the French oil and gas giant, Total, trains its installation staff in an Immersive Training Simulator (ITS), based on the Comos Walkinside software solution from Siemens.
ITS is a realistic immersive 3D virtual reality environment. It enables a worker to enter an exact virtual replica of his working environment, visualize his tasks, practice defined workflows and run through emergency situations in any number of scenarios. “We have to have training that reaches everybody,” says Nicolas Tarisse, field operations training manager with Total E&P. ITS puts workers in a true-to-life 3D virtual environment that effectively teaches them what to do and when to do it. This is extremely important for specialists who work on a Floating, Production, Storage Offloading (FPSO) unit.