Visualization Techniques Enhance Training, Operations, and SafetySource: Rigzone | 28 July 2014
The latest in 3D animation and imagery are allowing oil and gas companies to enhance worker training and demonstrate technical concepts and techniques. FuelFX, a media and software company almost exclusively focused on the oil and gas industry, works with major operators, oilfield service companies and large manufacturers.
Describing the company as a broker of knowledge, FuelFX Chief Executive Officer Oliver Diaz said that cutting-edge 3D and visualization technology can allow companies to be more efficient in training workers, improving efficiency and operational safety. Founded 7 years ago, the company grew rapidly following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, when FuelFX worked with BP and other members of the Unified Command by producing daily visualizations to update the Unified Command team, the White House, and the public on the efforts, operational plans, and challenges involved in the Deepwater Horizon response.
3D imaging is not new, but this application represents a step change in communications. The need for new visualization tools stems from the fact that, most of the time, the magic in the oil and gas industry happens with things that can not be seen, or that are 5,000 ft underground, or encased in steel or in high-pressure/high-temperature environments, Diaz said.