Development and use of OTP's and simulation for accredited training and assessment
TSC's 2nd international forum, titled Development and use of OTP's and simulation for accredited training and assessment was held in March in the UK. The 2 day forum was held at CATCH (Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence in Humberside), the UK's premier vocational process training site facility.
This high profile event attracted attendees from all over the world including Saudi Arabia, USA, France, Algeria, Nigeria, Caspian Sea and Canada and companies such as BP, British Gas, and Centrica, together with attendees from major UK colleges such as Hull and Pembrokeshire.
The forum targeted the development and use of Operator Training Plants and Systems together with blended learning training software, including dynamic process simulation in the CATCH Virtual Control Room to provide accredited training and competence assessment.
The speakers covered a wide range of topics such as Dynamic Simulation for Training, Comp'Ex Training, Blended Learning, Financial Savings Attributed to Simulation, Training Plant Design, Accreditation of new training centres and Competence Assessment.
Presenters included Alistair Shaw of SQA, Scotland's national body responsible for the development, accreditation and certification of qualifications. Malcolm Dawes of Pembrokeshire College, demonstrating the importance of virtual control room in a training environment. Alan Hurren of INRS Training, Dave Dyble of Hull College and Paul Read of Centrica Storage to name but a few.
There is considerable investment in training facilities in many countries to cope with the increasing requirement for competent technical staff to replace the present experience.
The event forged some excellent partnerships between key organisations to enable a more joined up offering to large oil and gas companies around the world.