The energy industry is a highly technical field that requires workers to be updated on the latest techniques and equipment quickly and proficiently. Refineries and offshore rigs are complex facilities with many dangerous aspects to them. Hundreds of workers work at these sites and must be thoroughly trained for their protection and the safety of those they work with. Many of these workers are using highly technical equipment and dealing with dangerous situations such as toxic chemicals, high-pressure leaks, and fires. While these companies can coordinate training two or three times a year, this can be difficult to coordinate at offsite locations. To complicate this situation, crews are often sent out to offshore sites as often as every six weeks. Training onsite can be disruptive to the daily schedule and expensive to coordinate.
The issues with coordinating effective onsite training are many. Using real equipment for training can be both expensive and dangerous. The likelihood of damage to equipment or threat to safety is higher when using actual equipment for new employees. The other option of creating a simulated job site in another location is both expensive and often unrealistic. It can be difficult to re-enact real scenarios in a realistic way.
More companies in the gas and oil business are going to 3D simulation for training. Organizers can schedule procedures to train workers and meet the health and safety standards of their industry through realistic 3D training.
Site managers can recreate a real-world situation and discover problems before they happen. Workers can figure out how to execute a procedure before it is required. With this interactive simulation, companies can explore options for handling certain projects and select the most effective one.
These simulation techniques are often more realistic than a physical re-enactment would be. Movement of equipment can be created realistically with the same limitations as would be experienced in the real world. The use of physics would ensure that realistic actions are completed such as using resistive force to make a task more challenging. For instance, a worker could have problems in turning a valve due to the equipment’s resistance.
For employers in the energy industry, 3D training offers a more accurate method of training for a cost efficient method of ensuring qualified, prepared workers are placed in their jobs. This type of training can better ensure the safety of the workers and equipment by providing them with real-world knowledge that they will use on the job.