IP award for Foinaven VR tour

A VR tour of BP’s FPSO has won Max & Co. and SAIC an IP award for IT.

Aberdeen-based design and communications agency Max & Co. has won the Institute of Petroleum’s information technology award for its extranet-based virtual tour of BP’s West of Shetland Foinaven floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). Developed in association with SAIC Ltd. and sponsored by BP, the VR ‘tour’ familiarizes personnel, and enhances safety on and around the vessel.


The software offers panoramic, fully immersive photography and interactivity to give a realistic view of the vessel’s environment, enabling potential hazards to be identified and managed effectively. Users can navigate around the vessel and access information for virtual risk assessment and safe work planning.


SAIC’s Ben Tye said “Our relationship with BP encourages identification and application of new technology in support of best practice, particularly in the communication of health, safety and the environment.”

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