Lafayette, LA, October 01, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Immersive Learning Environments for Global Businesses
The importance of effective safety training in hazardous work environments is imperative to ensuring immunity from accidents, specifically in the oil and gas industry in Acadiana. That is why Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE), a leader in immersive simulation training programs with its inventive Immersive Virtual Learning Environments (IVLE), and Frank’s International, a public company dedicated to incorporating contemporary technology, have partnered to create an immersive safety training program for Frank’s International employees.
Trainees are disconnected from real world experiences through textbooks and PowerPoint presentations. Immersive training offers real-time true-to-life scenarios that trainees can practice on that is replicated in form and function, turning passive learners into active, engaged participants. Not only is this type of training immersive, but it can also be flexible and updated immediately when new regulations are enacted.
“There have been many changes in the last decade in technology; including the use and implementation of gamification and simulation training for businesses. LITE is unique in that we were able to realize the full potential of gaming for use in oil and gas training and are able to provide learning environments that closely match reality,” stated Paula Phillips Carson, Interim CEO, LITE. “We are able to virtually recreate any learning environment, essentially immersing employees in the training.”
In November 2013, both companies agreed to collaborate on the development of an IVLE training program for use by Frank’s International employees on bail rigging and identifying unsafe hazards that occur in the process. As part of that partnership the LITE product development team designed an immersive game-based simulation training program that has been distributed to Frank’s International employees around the world.
“As training professionals in the oil and gas industry, we must be forward thinkers and invest in technology to support the safety and development of personnel,” stated Jacke West, Training Director, Frank’s International. “That is why Frank’s International is working with LITE to ensure our training is engaging, beneficial and effective.”
Frank’s International has long been one of the leading oil and gas companies in safety standards and adopting emerging technologies. Since deploying the Frank’s International Immersive Training (FIIT) to its more than 4,000 employees around the world, the immediate feedback coupled with the effectiveness of the training program have been overwhelmingly positive and reinforced the benefits of simulation training.
“This style of training offers a safe way to learn new skills and concepts without putting trainees in harm’s way,” states John Jennings, Trainer, Frank’s International Training Center-Lafayette. “I am so happy to see Frank’s going in this direction because the next generation of workers will be very familiar with this interface and training will be easier and much more effective for them.”
Immersive training can significantly reduce training time on actual equipment and can mimic real time events. It also allows learning to take place without the need for using expensive operational equipments, thus reducing life cycle costs. LITE and Frank’s International plan to continue their partnership and begin the next phase of FIIT in the near future.
Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) is the world's first and only data visualization facility created as a private/public partnership that focuses on video game based simulation training and digital media. We are a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana, governed by a board of commissioners, and dedicated to strengthening Louisiana's economy by developing leading edge technological solutions for the oil and gas, healthcare and education industries. Not only do we create high-tech data visualization solutions, but our facility also boasts four high-powered visualization venues that can be rented out and we work directly with Lafayette Economic Development Authority’s (LEDA) Opportunity Machine to partner with local small businesses.
Frank’s International N.V. is a global oil services company that provides a broad and comprehensive range of highly engineered tubular services to leading exploration and production companies in both offshore and onshore environments, with a focus on complex and technically demanding wells. Founded in 1938, Frank’s has over 4,000 employees and provides services in approximately 60 countries on six continents. The Company’s stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “FI.” Additional information is available on the Company’s website, www.franksinternational.com.
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