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The Igloo, a new immersive training experience being trialed by BP, is set to revolutionize the approach to critical-task training for chemical engineering techs. Using a 360-degree projection screen, and realistic sound effects and responses, the Igloo enables techs to learn as they go in a virtual environment, and to make mistakes without the dire consequences that would result in a real-life scenario. The collaborative project between BP European Acetyls, BP Information Technology and Services Digital Innovation Organisation, Loughborough University, and immersive technology specialist Igloo Vision will be seeking funding to take the project further.
BP Investing in VR Training to Enhance Safety on Oil Rigs
BP is teaming up with Maersk (again) to use a virtual environment to train employees for working on oil rigs. Using cyber-drilling simulators, BP’s offshore employees and contractors will get hands-on experience, with a “team” focus far superior to that offered in traditional classroom training scenarios. The North Houston training facility should be operational by year’s end, and BP has a five-year contract with Maersk, with whom they previously collaborated on simulation training endeavors in Europe.
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