Industrial Operations SimulationAVEVA has launched its Activity Visualisation Platform (AVEVA AVP). This new product, built on Industrial Gaming technology, enables: highly efficient facility familiarisation; staff training; construction planning and simulation; operations and maintenance planning. It aids the rehearsal of safety and schedule critical activities, without putting either personnel or the plant itself at risk.

This is a product that pushes the trend toward using advanced simulation to a new level for manufacturing operations training. This is welcome news–and one I hope pushes the industry forward. I’ve been watching for more uses of advanced gaming and visualization technologies incorporating into a variety of industrial uses.

The platform supports customers to create immersive, interactive multi-user plant environments. It generates its realistic simulations directly from 3D design models, even before the physical plant has been built. With operator error recognised as the leading cause of safety incidents, AVEVA has created a solution that addresses this by revolutionising the way in which Owner Operators and engineering contractors (EPCs) can train staff. This simulation solution will enhance plant operational safety while reducing costs and overall risk.

“Preparing people to work safely in potentially hazardous plant environments is absolutely essential,” said Derek Middlemas, COO and Head of Enterprise Solutions, AVEVA. “People learn best by doing and providing effective training is a vital aspect of plant operation. AVEVA AVP enables users to practise anything, from the simplest inspection walk-around to the most complex maintenance, safely in a realistically simulated live plant environment. Operations staff can now learn and practise tasks in complete safety before going onsite, instead of having to do so for the first time in a potentially dangerous environment.”

The oil & gas, power and process plant industries make extensive use of 3D models. Because the AVEVA AVP simulations are created directly from the plant’s original design model, they are 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 quickly 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?’

Typical tasks might include:

  • Developing operations and maintenance procedures during the design stage
  • Developing and evaluating emergency response procedures
  • Training new staff before deploying to site
  • Refresher training or competency evaluation
  • Developing accurate risk assessments
  • Modification or revamp planning
  • Staff update training following plant modifications
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