Oil & Gas Innovation OGI Winter 2018 Digital Version - Page 16

FOCUS: TRAINING Stabilize Your Operation with High Quality, Fast and Flexible Training & Education Oil and Gas Innovation interviews Rheinmetall Electronics to find out more about their training programs which utilize simulations to make sure that their client’s staff are fully trained for even the most dangerous and unexpected events. The problem faced by many companies is that it’s impossible to sufficiently prepare for many scenarios that involve extreme danger, yet these are the most vital scenarios which need to be trained for. Rheinmetall Electronics explains to us how they have succesfully tackled this problem. OGI: Could you start by explaining Rheinmetall Electronics’ credentials and experience in terms of your products and services for the Oil and Gas sector? Could you tell our readers the breadth of your experience, certifications, how long the company has been active, and its reach? There we created a training facility for 3,000 trainees per year for all different applications on an offshore oil rig. OGI: Could you go into detail about the different services you offer the oil and gas industry? plant processes. The third stage contains service and maintenance skill training by using virtual reality and hands-on scale models. Last but not least, team procedures, communications skills and emergency situations are trained in the fourth stage. Rheinmetall: Rheinmetall Electronics belongs to the Rheinmetall Group from Germany, which has over 23,000 employees at 50 sites worldwide. Rheinmetall: Rheinmetall offers various custom-made training solutions: E-Learning and virtual reality applications, dynamic simulation models, operator training simulators, training concepts and turn-key training centres. OGI: Could you talk a bit about the skill shortages and high turnover rates which are an issue in the oil and gas industry, and potential solutions to this issue? Rheinmetall Electronics has a background of 40 years in simulation and training in general. Coming from hundreds of projects in the power plant and maritime simulation, the company joined the oil and gas industry a few years ago. Due to the similarities between these branches, well developed and proven technologies could be transferred to the new business field. Our biggest achievement in the oil and gas industry so far, is a turn-key upstream training academy what Rheinmetall has set up with the national Mexican oil and gas company PEMEX. To combine these different products and services mentioned above, Rheinmetall has invented the Advanced Training Concept. It consists a step by step training philosophy with four different stages. In the first stage e-learning applications are used for basic and theoretical knowledge building. In the second stage the trainees learn first operator skills with part-task simulators for specific Rheinmetall: The oil and gas industry went through enormous changes during the past years. Only a few years ago the oil price was on a historical peak, where the focus has been on the maximum production output. Now the oil industry is still recovering from tough years, where the focus has been on saving costs and increasing efficiency. Many companies were forced to fire well qualified employees due to high personnel costs. Furthermore we can see the generational change is a global phenomenon and it is happening. To sum it up, the oil and gas industry is changing quickly and this will likely continue in the future. But the human factor is still one important key for success in this industry. Hence, a training system, which ensures a high quality, fast and flexible education for new or experienced employees will help the oil companies to stabilize their operation and prepare them for the future. OGI: What are the advantages of using simulation based training? Rheinmetall: Simulation-based training offers training opportunities, which you will never experience in real life. Just think about training in challenging weather conditions or emergency training scenarios. How will you train these scenarios in a safe environment? Good simulation tools can help. One of my favourite examples is the crane simulator on an offshore oil rig. Usually new crane operators learn the basic knowledge in classroom training. In the next step they get familiar with the specific cranes, which are installed on their new working place. This mostly happens by on the job training or with real training cranes. But how do they “..good simulation tools are an access to situations, which all of us hopefully never experience in real life.”