Perspectives: Making it Work

Virtual Reality Provides Real Benefits

Immersive 3D environment enhances training of operators

By Melissa Tompkins and Manuel Keldenich, Siemens AG

What if an operator doing rounds on a massive floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit comes upon a visible gas leak and also someone down. To avert a potential crisis, the operator must react quickly and correctly. That’s why oil and gas giant, TOTAL/cp50/2008/total-petrochemicals/, Paris, is relying on an immersive training simulator (ITS) for operators at two FPSO projects off the coast of Angola, Africa.

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