JackVR: A Virtual Reality Training System for Landing Oil Rigs

  • Ahmed E. Mostafa
  • Kazuki Takashima
  • Mario Costa Sousa
  • Ehud Sharlin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9475)


We propose JackVR, an interactive immersive simulation prototype aiming to train domain experts to land jackup oil rigs. Jackup rigs are among the most common offshore drilling units for extracting oil, but the process of landing the rigs is mostly challenging because of the unpredictable sea and weather conditions, lack of clear vision, and the possible risk of damaging the ocean floor. We designed JackVR to support oil engineers and technicians by allowing them to practice landing the oil rig within a safe and semi-realistic training environment. Furthermore, the design explores various superimposed spatial indicators that provide visual warnings on unexpected task conditions. The implemented prototype supports two modes for training, and utilizes the ray-casting interaction technique to enable seamless and direct control of the rig. ...


Virtual Reality Simulation Landing Process Seabed Topography Terrain Topography Virtual Reality Training System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed E. Mostafa
    • 1
  • Kazuki Takashima
    • 2
  • Mario Costa Sousa
    • 1
  • Ehud Sharlin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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