Gas Pipeline Handling
Provide workers a safe environment to safely practice hot tapping a gas pipeline
This virtual reality (VR) gas pipeline training assesses construction and gas field workers on the tasks for hot tapping a gas pipeline. The VR training content includes abandonment, main extension and cut-out scenarios at an excavation site. Workers are able to safely practice and be assessed on proper gas pipeline handling.
What You'll Learn
This VR gas pipeline training course allows employees to use real life training and methods in a virtual environment to assess their gas handling knowledge so they are ready for these real life situations. Those taking this training will learn:
- Safety Measures – the user must take all necessary safety measures for gas handling
- Work Sequence – the user will practice and be tested on performing hot tapping tasks according to the technological process
- Abnormal Operation Condition (AOC) Recognition – the user will learn to identify and mitigate AOCs and hazards
- Reporting/Documentation – the user will learn to properly report and document the steps taken from safety inspection through to task completion.
The VR Experience
Users of the VR gas pipeline training are randomly given one of three different pipeline scenarios: abandonment, main extension, and main cut-out. Each scenario begins with the user entering the excavation site. The user then needs to install and pressure test a 4” stopper fitting, then repeat with 1” self-tapping tees for gauges and vent stack. If any of the pressure tests fail, the user must properly address it by fixing the weld as needed. Next, the user installs a gate valve on the 4” stopper fitting and tests the valve. If the valve is working properly, the user can proceed with installing the D5 drilling machine and using it to tap the pipe. The user then follows appropriate procedures to relieve pressure from the gate valve, then switches to the D5 stopper unit and releases downstream pressure. Any issues found during each step needs to be addressed before moving on. When finished, the user will install bonding cables, cut the pipe, remove the pipe section, then replace it as appropriate for the scenario. The user next releases the stopper, purges gas through the vent stack, then performs a soap test on the replacement pipe. If any leaks or AOCs are found, the user needs to properly address those. When everything is working properly, the user can remove the bypass line and stopper assembly and install a plug inserter into the valve, then use it to relieve pressure from the gate valve. The user then removes all remaining equipment and completes the scenario by soap testing all fittings. The scenario ends when the user has completed their documentation on what was done. They will be able to see their performance for each task and receive a cumulative score.