Hydrocarbon releases continue to pose a major threat to the oil & gas industry, despite significant advances made with plant and procedures. To further improve the third element of process safety – the person – born out of the major hazard awareness training at DNV’s test and research site at Spadeadam, DNV has developed a Virtual Reality system to provide a powerful alternative for those requiring a refresher following a course at Spadeadam or those too remote from the site to visit. The innovative training tool is an immersive learning environment allowing users to experience major hazards without leaving their office, or site.
Users can walk through scenarios representative of actual hydrocarbon release events, giving full engagement and understanding of the circumstances that led to the event and allowing reflection on the lessons learned. To enhance learning with the VR system, new scenarios can be developed for individual use representing incidents, or near-misses. Winner in the Innovation in Safety category of the 2019 OGUK Safety Awards the virtual reality system can be used on its own, or to enhance and make more memorable traditional training approaches such as:
- Hazard awareness
- Hazard identification
- Risk assessment
- Operational risk assessment
- Lessons learned from incidents