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Companies servicing the oil and gas sector are finding innovative ways to capitalise on the benefits of virtual reality (VR) technology for subsurface studies, training and simulation, and for developing and improvising processes and products.

According to Deloitte, delivering VR-based, on-demand training sessions that leverage in-person walk-throughs, computers, and other advances can improve knowledge retention and reduce traditional classroom training costs.

Deloitte reported that oil and gas VR training is highly realistic for dangerous situations and can test safety and compliance protocols, and improve procedural execution in the event of an emergency safety incident.

GlobalData also found that VR allows companies to create a digital twin to replicate the performance of an oilfield, refinery, or any other operational unit on a virtual platform.

This helps to minimise risks and costs associated with new process implementation in oil and gas operations.

LINX Cargo Care Group is introducing VR to its operations as it strives to bring the best specialist service to the industry through all phases of exploration, drilling and production.

The company is now using VR as part of its training programs to gain effectiveness in its safety and has plans to include it at its oil and gas operations in the future.

VR first and foremost improves LINX’s safety processes, but the company also expects to see productivity benefits as the technology is rolled out.

Tech role in enhancing efficiency and safety

In order to maintain a strong production flow and continue to build the company’s status, LINX knows the importance of embracing the latest technology to enhance its efficiency and safety. 

LINX group manager business development for Western Australia and Northern Territory Neil David said the company would use VR to train people in hazardous environments without the physical risk.

“There is an efficiency gain because you don’t have to do training on-site in a machine and stay in a productive environment, the benefit is the ability to train multiple people at the same time,” David, who has more than 30 years of experience in the transport and logistics sector, said.

As a result, the company has found it is able to verify employee competence in a shorter time frame, increase confidence and reduce risk.

Despite not using VR in the oil and gas industry yet, LINX has flagged it as a sector where the technology will provide advantages. 

“One of our challenges is delivering consistent training across our many sites around Australia and New Zealand. We are figuring out how to get the biggest bang for buck and identify the common operational tasks,” David said.

“At the moment we are working on this. We know that the technology works, and it has delivered great results at some sites. So, the next thing we do is try and make it relatable, efficient and effective to most sites.”

David hopes that through the evolution of technology and the continued successful work LINX provides the oil and gas industry, the company will become a household service to the market.

The commitment to implementing the latest technology reflects the company’s values to ensure it performs at the highest level possible, while maintaining the safety of its employees.

The importance of work values

LINX’s reliable work ethic is underpinned by LINX’s core values, which were introduced by group chief executive officer Anthony Jones.

With a big emphasis on the company’s values and being authentic, Jones believes in visible leadership, which he identifies as the core to instilling trust amongst staff, while giving him the chance to show his appreciation. Communication is a must, having a direct link to your people is key to success at LINX. 

The company values: be brave, be bold; we are one; home safely, every day; act like you own it; powered by people; are LINX’s guiding principles to which the organisation is run.

This includes from the way it works with each other, its customers, partners and shareholders.

“Anthony is a very authentic man and I think employees are always looking for authenticity in their leaders. This is the key to having your values to be seen as real,” David said.

With a passion to continue to build the LINX reputation up as a household name, David said building a good reputation is an important aspect in reaching this goal.

Through the use of net provider scores and customer feedback surveys, LINX has been able to improve its latest net score across the country, meaning more customers are willing to recommend the company’s services.

“It is also just as important to delve into the feedback from people who are neutral or negative and see what areas we need to improve on,” David concluded.