Experimental Investigation of the Retention of Emergency Egress Competence Acquired in a Virtual Environment

  • Jennifer SmithEmail author
  • Kyle Doody
  • Brian Veitch
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 785)


Retention of egress skills is critical during high-stress emergencies on offshore oil and gas platforms. This paper uses a virtual offshore platform to investigate the long-term retention of emergency egress competence. A two-phased empirical experiment was designed to first teach basic egress skills and subsequently assess skill retention. The first phase of the experiment used a simulation based mastery learning (SBML) pedagogical approach to teach 36 naïve subjects the necessary spatial and procedural skills to evacuate safely from an offshore platform. In the second phase of the experiment, the same participants were tested after 6 to 9 months on their ability to respond to a series of egress test scenarios. These results indicated that emergency egress skills are susceptible to skill decay. Recommendations to improve the retention of offshore egress skills are discussed.


Offshore emergency egress Simulation-based mastery learning Virtual training Training retention 



The authors acknowledge with gratitude the support of the NSERC/Husky Energy Industrial Research Chair in Safety at Sea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Applied ScienceMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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