Industry: Off-shore
Technology: VR
Use: Simulation


Safeway is a company that makes up part of the Marine and Offshore division within the Van Aalst Group. Safeway design and produce offshore gangway bridge systems. Their gangway system is used to safely transport employees and resources from a ship to an offshore location. This is a highly specific expertise and skill set that requires extensive training (currently done out at sea), due to the complex system used to operate these bridge systems.


This is why Safeway came to us looking for a training tool in which controlling a gangway could be simulated, without actually having to go out to sea. This would allow Safeway to offer more training time to employees as well as reducing the cost and time involved.


To solve this problem we have developed a VR-simulation in which employees can control a Safeway gangway as if they were on the ship itself. In the simulation, they have a view of a virtual cabin and have full control over the gangway systems through two joysticks.


Various scenarios can be simulated in the simulation, for example, a power outage, or the outbreak of a fire. Using these scenarios, employees can master the operating system and tackle almost any emergency situation. In the simulations, it is also possible to try and safely transport people and containers to a wind turbine or an oil platform.


A virtual reality simulation that only requires a laptop, a VR headset and two joysticks. This means the simulation is not location-specific and can be used anywhere, anytime. Every employee worldwide can gain expertise about the operation systems, resulting in reduced (travel)costs, more training time and ensures fewer staff are needed.

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