Concawe – Association of European Oil Refineries

Cineon Training was approached to create a virtual reality (VR) training programme to help further reduce accidents on European refineries.

We undertook detailed task analysis using eye-tracking data recording and operator surveys. From this we were able create a virtual training environment that accurately recreated key tasks from the real environment. Our scientific analysis then allowed us to populate the training environment with the same level of stimuli density that operators would face during a normal refinery tour.

The virtual training world contains 12 different error states relating to hazard perception and procedural adherence that can appear randomly in the environment – everything from leaky valves to faulty gauges, alarm indications to loose bolts. The training is intelligent so it is able to monitor progress and feedback with targeted learning citing real-life examples directly applicable to the errors made by the trainee.

The training tool was demonstrated at the Concawe Symposium in Antwerp in March 2019, in which 50 people experienced the simulation. Here, through an assessment of the perceptual capabilities of operators in VR (how quickly and efficiently they detected hazards) researchers were able to show that users’ experience and skill advantage in the real-world translated into the virtual world. More specifically, the virtual tool, and the metrics it provides, were able to discriminate the skill level of the user. This is an important validation step that is performed on simulations in many industries.

Following the successful analysis of the tool, psychologists and trainers at Cineon Training are now developing supporting educational material for operators to be able to undertake a training workshop that can be adopted within member companies.

Click here to view the results from validity tests carried out with a sample of Subject Matter Experts