Wireline Magazine Autumn 2020 Issue 49

Remote simulators skill up in lockdown

With global lockdowns affecting every workforce, training and maintaining skills has never been more important. Offering the ability to provide immersive experiences and accurate data from anywhere in the world, new remote training simulations may hold the key.

I ndustry training has come a long way since the days of lecture notes, textbooks and slides. The advent of digital technologies and rich media have enabled a revolution in the form of e-learning, video training, interactive assessments and, increasingly, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). With much of the globe having experienced lockdowns and restrictions on movement in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, tools like these are also supporting a change in strategy as the oil and gas sector looks to impart new skills and maintain existing ones. While technologies like these cannot (and should not) replace practical courses such as Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), simulators now offer an increasingly realistic experience for specific scenarios and skills. In addition, training providers can now offer them as a remote service, either with plug-and-play hardware that can be set up in offices and worksites, or via cloud-based platforms – all

of which is reshaping how companies plan their training requirements. Wireline spoke with two leaders in the field to learn more about the capabilities and potential for these technologies. Emergency response Founded in 2017, Erisort Risk Management is a consultancy and training company that provides health and safety, emergency response and crisis management services. Having delivered sessions around the world for over 20 years, director Dougie Macleod is well versed in the traditional delivery methods for emergency response training. Typically aimed at offshore installation managers (OIMs) and site mangers, these are scenario- based assessments which explore managers’ ability to respond to process safety events ranging from minor fires to uncontrollable situations requiring evacuation.

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