Virtual reality challenge for survival training

Training for the offshore platforms’ survival capsules – commonly called Bruckers – is a bit more challenging these days thanks to new virtual reality technology.

News

Virtual reality challenge for survival training

The training has moved to a new oil and gas safety training centre in Altona, which features a purpose-built simulator, like the flight simulators used in the airline industry.

“All of our manned platforms have these self-contained escape capsules and offshore personnel are trained in how to safely launch them and command them,” said Training and Procedures Adviser Heath Brew.

“For the past two decades this training was conducted at our training centre at Barry Beach Marine Terminal.

“The new centre provides us with the opportunity to safely put our trainees through some pretty rough scenarios, featuring familiar Esso platform layouts. We can challenge experienced trainees while providing a safe learning environment for the novices.”

Health and Platform Services Operator Luc Wilson travelled to Nova Scotia, Canada to view the new simulator and discovered that other affiliates had also invested in this technology.

Through extensive collaboration, and significant efforts from Luc and Heath to improve the training experience, Esso Australia can incorporate simulation technology to create real world scenarios involving rough seas, poor visibility, and complex survival situations.

To ensure that training also retains a ‘hands on’ approach, equipment from the Barry Beach centre has also been moved to the Melbourne training centre. Offshore Operations Superintendent Simon Kemp said the new training facility was another example of technology improving our operations.

“The introduction of this simulator technology allows us to significantly improve the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of our vital survival capsule training,” he said.

Photo — A self-contained escape capsule on an offshore platform in Bass Strait, Victoria.

Related content

ExxonMobil Australia working to keep gas and fuel flowing to Australians

ExxonMobil Australia is actively responding to the growing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the continued supply of essential energy products from its Australian facilities.

Esso news Article

Esso Australia supports Conservation Volunteers Australia bushfire relief efforts

For more than a quarter of a century, Esso Australia has supported Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver a range of environmental initiatives focused in areas close to our operations in Gippsland and Melbourne’s West.

Esso news News

Gippsland gas supports summer power generation in South Australia and Victoria

Esso Australia’s Commercial team has signed its first direct gas sales agreement into South Australia to help meet peak summer power generation demand.

Esso news Article

Long Island Point team do some woody weeding in the community

In October, eight employees from Long Island Point participated in a Day of Caring volunteering event at Olivers Creek Reserve in Tyabb.

Esso news News

Volunteer Involvement Program grants highlight the volunteering efforts of our people

At ExxonMobil Australia, we are focused on meeting Australia’s energy needs from operations that are embedded in some very diverse and unique communities. From Melbourne’s bustling inner-west, to the charming fields of Gippsland, we rely on support from, and must earn the respect of, our local communities and neighbours.

Esso news News

Longford Plants community bulletin November 2019

Read the latest news from Longford Plants in the November 2019 community bulletin.

Esso news News