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Using game technology to teach plant operations safety

New Aveva software places 3D plant models in interactive game environment.

Aveva has released new software that uses gaming technology as a tool for immersive training and simulation within the complex 3D plant models designed using Aveva technology.

Aveva AVP uses game technology to give plant employees immersive access to 3D models, for training and operational planning. (Source: Aveva)

Aveva AVP uses game technology to give plant employees immersive access to 3D models, for training and operational planning. (Source: Aveva)

The oil & gas, power, and process plant industries already make extensive use of 3D models. The Aveva AVP simulations are created directly from the plant’s original design model, making them visually convincing, realistic and accurate. Trainees can be immersed in a hands-on scenario and interact both with the model and with each other as avatars in a realistic virtual environment. They can use AVP to become familiar with “must know” areas of the plant, such as access, maintenance locations and evacuation routes. They will even be able to answer practical questions such as “Can I drive a forklift around this area?”

Aveva AVP generates its realistic simulations direct from 3D design models, even before the physical plant has been built. Operator error is recognized as the leading cause of plant safety incidents; Aveva says AVP can address the problem directly by improving how owner/operators and engineering contractors train staff. The platform supports customers to create immersive, interactive multi-user plant environments, using data from both Aveva and third-party products.

Users in more than one location can meet in the AVP virtual environment. (Source: Aveva)

Users in more than one location can meet in the AVP virtual environment. (Source: Aveva)

Aveva foresees companies using AVP to practice a wide variety of tasks, from a simple inspection walk-around to more complex maintenance tasks. “Operations staff can now learn and practice tasks in complete safety before going onsite, instead of having to do so for the first time in a potentially dangerous environment,” notes Derek Middlemas, Aveva COO.

In addition to providing a safe way to plan and practice plant operations, AVP can bring geographically disperse teams into one virtual plant in real-time to discuss and solve technical issues. Aveva also says AVP can be used to verify regulatory compliance of proposed procedures, communicate visually with third-party stakeholders, and accelerate operational readiness.

Realistic shadows and other lighting elements can be added to AVP virtual plant scenes. (Source: Aveva)

Realistic shadows and other lighting elements can be added to AVP virtual plant scenes. (Source: Aveva)

 

 

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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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