Survivex lands BP contract for ‘revolutionary’ immersive training programme

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Gavin Taylor, vice president of global sales and strategy for 3t Energy Group, describes the BP contract as a ‘revolutionary training project’ for Survivex

Quick read

➨ The contract will see Survivex deliver a four-week programme
➨ It will use immersive training technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, and mobile apps
➨ Up to 100 personnel will go through the programme over the next 18 to 24 months

The story

Survivex, a provider of workforce training technology and services, is developing a bespoke four-week programme for multinational energy company BP’s operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim offshore gas project.

The contract will see Survivex, which is part of the 3t Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures and processes for its floating production storage and offloading and hub facilities using immersive training technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, and mobile apps.

As part of the training programme, 3t Energy Group’s technology company, 3t Transform, is developing a virtual reality digital twin of BP’s facilities, to help deliver an immersive experience for the project.

Using the digital twin, operational personnel will be able to familiarise themselves with the layout of the facilities and learn operating systems and procedures.

Operational personnel will begin training this summer before joining the facilities during construction and commissioning. Up to 100 personnel will go through the programme over the next 18 to 24 months.

Gavin Taylor, vice president of global sales and strategy for 3t Energy Group, describes the BP contract as a “revolutionary training project”.

He continues: “This is blended learning at its very best and will set the standard for the way training is delivered in the future.”

“Learning critical health and safety information through traditional means such as Powerpoint presentations simply wouldn’t have been effective enough to achieve our objectives for this project.”

The immersive techniques being deployed during the training programme will “ensure the crew are fully familiar with all of the project’s safety critical and unique operating procedures and equipment before even setting foot onboard the facilities”.

Taylor says: “We already know through numerous studies that active learning using technology such as virtual reality embeds knowledge and helps knowledge retention. Our bespoke gaming-inspired mobile app will further enhance this by continually testing and assessing knowledge.”

“Ultimately our aim is to embed an unrivalled safety culture through technology-led training, which will be game-changing for the oil and gas sector.”

‘A creative and innovative approach’

BP is among the most high-profile energy companies to commit to virtual reality and other immersive technologies for training.

Last year, BP partnered with Immerse to deploy its enterprise virtual reality training platform, as a means to deliver its own training content internationally.

Immerse’s platform comes with data and feedback capabilities that allow organisations and personnel to measure training and performance.

BP’s partnership with Survivex and 3t Energy Group will add to that in-house content library, covering a brand new offshore gas development.

Will Kelly, project operations staffing lead at BP, says: “Following an extensive tender process, we are delighted to award our new training contract to Survivex and the 3T Energy Group.”

“The 3T Energy Group demonstrated a creative and innovative approach to the project requirements and we are excited about working with them on this and future projects.”

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Image: Greater Tortue Ahmeyim, BP

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