Simulation training in a virtual environment of an offshore oil installation

Bradbury-Squires, David James (2013) Simulation training in a virtual environment of an offshore oil installation. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Emergency situations on offshore installations demand exemplary employee performance to achieve highly safe performances. Traditional training methods may effectively inform personnel of Escape, Evacuation and Rescue (EER) procedures. However, training under stressful, more realistic situations is practically impossible due to the high degree of danger involved. The objectives of this study were to determine the effectiveness of different modes of learning on task performance during simulation training (ST) in a virtual environment (VE) of an offshore oil installation. Different measures of presence (the experience of feeling located in an environment while being physically located in a different environment) were measured to investigate possible relationships between these measures and with spatial learning in VEs. Active explorers and males demonstrated superior VE task performance. Video game experience was correlated with VE task performance, whereas subjective and objective measures of presence were not correlated with each other, or with VE task performance. Future research should investigate how ST using a VE transfers to similar, real-world environments.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 10192
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 73-76).
Keywords: Presence, Spatial Learning, Active Learning, Task Performance, Marine Environments, Escape, Evacuation and Rescue (EER)
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Offshore oil industry--Employees--Training of; Offshore oil industry--Safety measures; Industrial equipment--Installation--Simulation methods; Virtual reality in education.

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