VR-STAR – Virtual Reality Platform

VR-STAR – Virtual Reality Platform

VR-STAR® is the most complete Virtual Reality software platform for the Oil&Gas Industry available today. It represents a new generation of Operation Training Solutions(OTS) based on immersive stereoscopic 3D Virtual Reality technologies.

VR-STAR® platform can be used in all these contexts:

  • Pre-visualization for construction
  • Training of human resources improving efficacy and efficiency of training final results
  • Operational Management by simulating processes
  • Risk Management by improving HSE (Health Safety Environment) policies for preventing human accident

VR-STAR®” combines:

  • an engine to simulate physical and chemical events (e.g. the dynamic of a fluid). Users perform tasks and get the feedback as in the reality because the model replicates the real behavior of each equipment
  • a state-of-the-art engine (we can provide comparative proof) to create real-time virtual-reality immersive environment. Users operate in their plant, perform the tasks and see the effects as in reality
  • an augmented reality engine which provide some additional layers of information and of explanation

Immersive training is crucial to increase Plant safety: traditional training simulators do not cover field operators.

VR-STAR® uses the best available technologies to create the photo-realistic version of a plant (or unit) and equipment by creating a 3D virtual immersive hyper-realistic environment. In this way, operators can train, interact and practice as they were in the real plant with the real equipment.

VR-STAR APPLICATIONS

  • Oil & Gas (upstream and downstream)
  • Energy
  • Chemical / petrolchemical
  • Utilities
  • General disaster simulation
  • Other process industries

VR-STAR ADVANTAGES

  • BETTER COMPREHENSION OF PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES AND HIGHER QUALITY OF TRAINING:
    • Higher understanding of ordinary and extraordinary processes and procedures and thus delivery of higher effectiveness of training through learning by doing, through interaction and participation
    • Higher knowledge transfer from the “virtual” training environments to the real world activities e.g. Animations of equipment functioning provide better training results thanks to visualization and interactivity
    • Higher knowledge retention over time thank to the possibility to recreate an hyper realistic simulated environment, the higher interactivity generated by the virtual reality missions and the possibility to repeat the missions and the tasks over time
  • SIMULATIONS OF ALL SAFETY-CRITICAL TASKS RARELY PERFORMED IN REALITY (THUS EMPOWERING “HSE” POLICY)
    • Creation of risk-free environments to practice, test and develop competences, by simulating situations that cannot always or easily be reproduced in reality (risky situations, incidents, emergency shutdowns …). Operators can practice on procedures, improve skills in safety-critical tasks rarely performed in reality and learn how to react quickly and correctly in high stress situations
  • TRACKING  AND CERTIFICATION OF FIELD OPERATORS’ TRAINING ACTIVITIES
    • Tracking and certification of Field Operators’ training activities enabling better planning and control process thus promoting efficacy, efficiency and  higher legal compliance over laws and regulations (possibility to prove it in case of accident and / or industrial disaster)
  • IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION IS NEEDED TO ACCELERATE COST SAVINGS
    • Time and cost savings from 30% to 40% originate from on-the-job training for new large personnel requirements, considering downtime savings and replication of training programs from plant to plant
    • Time and cost saving from 15% to 25% originate in case of planned or unplanned shutdown in comfortable or uncomfortable weather conditions
    • Maintenance savings from 1% to 3% originate by improving maintenance accuracy and by using data from the training experience as input to improve predictive maintenance strategies
    • Cost savings originates from diminishing of trends incidents (Costs from incidents can be of considerable amount – e.g. Deepwater Horizon oil spill estimated cost is around 69 $ billion)

 Source:  www.isa.org – Setting the Standard for Automation – InTech – May/June 2011

MODULES

VR-STAR® is a modular platform and offers you:

  • VR-STAR Tutorial Training Version: the platform is tutorial based and allows trainee to learn strategic operative steps and assess performances
  • VR-STAR Event Driven Version: training events are driven by the “Instructor Station” module from where the trainer monitors how trainees behave and react in real time to simulated situations