Underwater Intervention (UI) was a great conference in New Orleans that combined the annual conference of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and The Marine Technology Society ROV Committee. This year conference attracted a global audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts, to share ideas, debate the issues of the moment and learn about new solutions. Also, Underwater Intervention (UI) 2019 featured some of the world’s leading figures within the upstream oil & gas industry coupled with technical sessions covering the most current challenges such as the Diver Safety Work Group using up-to-date strategies and technologies.
PaleBlue used the UI 2019 as a platform to officially launch their new product family called the VR Full Team Training which is used in the marine industry. These simulation tools work together and allow training teams, connected from anywhere in the world, to perform project rehearsals of any size. This allowed for a complete training package, merging topside and subsea in one complete training session: Mission Control, VR Diver, VR ROV, VR Deck Operations, VR Equipment Operations, and VR Crane Operator.
At this conference, the PaleBlue team decided to work directly with the participants, answering questions, demonstrating PaleBlue solutions, allowing the attendees to use the simulators at the conference with their friends, coworkers, and associates.
Darren Brunton of KBA Training Associates, being an industry veteran, described it well by saying “This involves innovative thinking and innovative implementation. The commercial diving industry needs to embrace such technology and failure to do so will keep the industry from growing”. Many of the users agreed that it was a good idea to try out the VR experience – to see how it helps to be prepared, and how it improves the safety. The users left exhibit with a better understanding of simulators, actual experience using a simulator, satisfied and with a smile.
We asked Felix Gorbatsevich, Managing Director of PaleBlue, for his thoughts. He said “It is great to be invited to such a conference, where the organizers endorse modern VR technologies for training. All kinds of people visited our stand, from students that were still undergoing training, to veterans with over 40 years in the industry. Many of them used an interactive simulator for the first time. Seeing their reactions, and hearing how they could use this has been the best part! Many younger visitors said how they wished they had simulators at their school. Their teachers stepped in, and tried it at the same time with the students. What they said afterwards is that it is an absolute must have to practice, set experiments in VR, and learn!”