Walkinside virtual reality trains Total Angola’s Pazflor operators

Following simulator-based training, first visit to the real FPSO brings strong sense of déjà vu!

VRcontext has been awarded a contract by TOTAL E&P Angola for the supply of a 3D immersive training simulator (ITS) which will be used to train operators of its Pazflor FPSO1. The ITS was installed in Total’s training center in Luanda earlier this year and saved several onsite visits to the DSME shipyard in South Korea during construction. VR Context’s Hans Van den Wijngaert told Oil IT Journal, ‘We believe that training operators this way on a complete 3D model is a world first to. Now that FPSO has arrived on location, operators going on board for the first time have a strong sense of déjà vu.’

Total’s Lionel Ramat added, ‘The simulator helps trainees associate equipment tags, piping lay out and plant schematics with their physical location on site. Workflows have been designed for scenarios including HSE procedures, ‘black start2’ and routine operations. Initial feedback from trainees has been very positive and the value of the ITS as a training environment was confirmed by experienced personnel.’ More from www.oilit.com/links/1107_11.

1 Floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

2 www.oilit.com/links/1107_12.

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