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Virtual Offshore Safety Awareness (Vosa) Site

Implementing Organization

Houston Advanced Research Center


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Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants


Project Category


Project Actions

Other Workforce Development and Job Creation

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

This project team will work to enhance oil and gas workers’ ability to prevent and respond to offshore disasters by developing an interactive, virtual training tool. Workers will be able to use this “virtual rig” tool to identify situations and then practice how they may avoid or respond to an emergency offshore. This tool aims to help reinforce knowledge in areas like spill containment and response, equipment maintenance and repair, personal safety, and environmental protection. It will incorporate input from industry subject matter experts, environmental organizations, and other key stakeholders. The tool, the Virtual Offshore Safety Awareness (VOSA) website, is free to use.


Rich Haut
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