Immersive 3D virtual reality training - cutting edge and cost effective

VR incident training

as featured in the February 2017 edition of The Australian Mining Review

Safety critical workplaces demand high quality training as emergency responses need to be automatic and effective; there's no time to waste. 

Repetition is the key to rapid and appropriate response, but building response scenarios to practise with is expensive and potentially risky. 

Simulation has long been used to support incident management training with a range of tools, from the hypothetical discussion exercise to field (live) exercises, such as those used in mines rescue.  Trainers have recognised that immersion in the problem promotes learning, rehearses response, and reinforces appropriate behaviour.

Simulation-based training is increasingly used to develop the complex knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to manage multifaceted problems, such as a disaster.  It is used to build teamwork and decision making skills in many industries, including health, military, emergency services, government, utilities and financial services. 

Virtual Reality (VR) simulations can be used to test the validity of plans, the readiness of facilities and teams, and identify areas for improvement.  They are used to practice procedures, drills, communication and teamwork, as well as orientate or reorient personnel to the work environment and conditions.

Advances in virtual reality make scenario-based training a cost-effective and realistic alternative for industrial fire-fighting, rescue and security responses. 

‘Drag and drop’ technologies make it possible for trainers to create learning experiences that are limited only by their imagination.  3D imagery, including Oculus, Vive and Igloo have created new ways to immerse learners in a virtual scene.  Hybrid solutions – such as a projection wall as a backdrop to using real equipment – can be easily developed.

Control room simulations, with ‘virtual’ cctv can improve operators’ skills with regular practise based on ‘real’ visual cues.

VR simulation reduces the cost of training responders by allowing them to rehearse and practice skills, particularly assessment, reconnaissance and decision-making, without building expensive props.  Similarly, VR allows emergency response teams to practise their communication skills using visual and auditory cues from the virtual environment. 

More information on VR training can be found at:

www.tigertail.com.au/xvr-3d-virtual-reality-training/ and www.discoverxvr.com

XVR On Scene module provides immersive 3D visualisation of an incident scenario

XVR On Scene module provides immersive 3D visualisation of an incident scenario

Dreamworld disaster a lesson in crisis management - by Adam Zuchetti

"Sometimes you can do everything in your power to minimise risk but things still go terribly wrong. The way you then deal with the disaster presents its own set of risks to your business and its ability to make it out the other side."

Adam Zuchetti talks with Rick Stone from Tigertail about the Dreamworld tragedy and how businesses can learn from this. Click here to read the full article in My Business.

How SME owners can mitigate risks to their business

 As a business owner, you must be able to cope with the stuff that life throws at you… “whether those risks are key people leaving your organisation, key suppliers going bankrupt, key customers disappearing or your building burning down. The inevitable happens. Our business is to help organisations learn to cope with that and recover,” says Rick Stone, the brains behind risk management consultancy Tigertail.

When you consider that Rick was previously the senior disaster planner for the NSW government and spent 10 years as the training manager for the SES in NSW, it’s clear he knows more than most about risk management and disaster recovery efforts.

In this episode of the My Business Podcast, Rick reveals:

• 3 key risks SME owners should be planning for

• The costliest type of natural disaster, and how to prepare for it

• Lessons he has learnt moving from a steady public service job to self-employment

And loads more!

Tune in here

 

Rick had the privilege of being a guest on My Business Podcast in July 2016.  Tune in now to hear about how SME owners can mitigate risks to their business!

Rick had the privilege of being a guest on My Business Podcast in July 2016.  Tune in now to hear about how SME owners can mitigate risks to their business!

Regional Business Awards Finalist!!!

Earlier this year Tigertail Australia were nominated to participate in the Regional Business Awards for Excellence in Sustainability - and now we are a finalist! 

Our loyal clients and the industry in which we work affords us the privilege of an organisation that is intimately involved with building community sustainability and resilience in the face of a changing global climate and we are committed to embedding environmental sustainability in everything we do.

This year we are finalists in Excellence in Sustainability.

Thank you to all our stakeholders for your support!

NSW Government Builds Resilience Through Preparedness - Exercise Scientia Vectis 2016

Opening up dialogue between public and private sectors for improved emergency planning and management

Sydney, June 7, 2016 - NSW Public Works with assistance from emergency management consultancy, Tigertail Australia, has embarked upon an initiative to increase the State’s preparedness to deal with an emergency beyond the public sector’s own capability.  

The aim is to open up dialogue between contract engineering and consulting firms, industry associations and NSW State and Local governments to identify opportunities for coordinated assistance during catastrophic emergencies, and develop mechanisms to bring together engineering capability. 

To kick this off, NSW Public Works engaged Tigertail to assist them to conduct a unique emergency planning exercise, Exercise Scientia Vectis 2016, for the public and private sector engineering community. The senior group was tasked with managing a mock emergency scenario – a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in central and eastern Sydney, NSW.

The exercise accessed the best brains and experience in the sector and identified the procedures and resources available to ensure resilience, citizen safety, and continuity of services to the community.

It also gave the private sector insight into how State Emergency Management teams think, how to plan their resources and contracts, build skills, and design and practise vital procedures to support the NSW community should the need arise.

Emergency service leaders in NSW, including the Police, Fire and Rescue and Engineering came together with industry leaders from Engineers Australia, Consult Australia, Master Builders Association, Lendlease, John Holland, SMEC, Arup, Beca and many others.

Emergency management is a complex series of activities that includes risk assessment, disaster mitigation, building preparedness and capability to withstand and manage disasters, emergency response, community recovery and renewal.

Emergencies from natural disasters cost the NSW community an average of $484 million per year, which is 44% of the national total. On average, there are more than 20 natural disasters costing more than $10 million every year in NSW with the latest East Coast Low causing tens of millions of dollars damage to infrastructure and property across the eastern states and tragically taking a number of lives.

“One of the reasons NSW responds well in the face of emergencies such as we have seen with the recent East Coast Low, is the time and effort spent in preparedness and practice such as with Exercise Scientia Vectis where NSW Public Works Engineering Emergency Management Team was assisted by Tigertail Australia,” explained Martin Dwyer, Chief Emergency Engineer at NSW Public Works.   “Sometimes we need to contemplate an emergency so big that the old rule book no longer works and we must write a new one.”

“Resilience and preparedness are the foundations for ensuring that communities and businesses operate as safely and smoothly as possible in the event of an emergency – and that requires coordination between the public and private sectors. We help organisations design governance strategies, frameworks and plans, then implement, practise, audit and update them when necessary,” said Rick Stone, Managing Director at Tigertail. “We cut through the spin and give capability and counsel as to what business and government need to safeguard their people, assets, the environment and their reputation.”

Tigertail Australia is a leading provider of contingency planning, crisis leadership training, and incident management team training and exercises for public and private sector organisations.

Please contact Tigertail Australia on 1300 987 772, email: answers@tigertail.com.au or visit http://www.tigertail.com.au for more information.

About Tigertail Australia

Tigertail Australia advises high profile public and private sector organisations on risk, crisis and emergency management. It helps them survive disruptions, disasters and crises by providing strategies, training programs, tools and exercises.  

Headquartered in Sydney and operating nationally, Tigertail has a team of highly experienced consultants from diverse backgrounds.

Clients that have chosen Tigertail to help them build resilient cultures include banks, insurers,  governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators (gas, water, energy), health care organisations, defence, retailers and more.

For more information, please visit www.tigertail.com.au

For media enquiries,

Samantha Ford
answers@tigertail.com.au
+61 02 8097 1901

Jo Balfour
jo@progressiva.com.au
+61 405 542 018

Simulated collapse courtesy of the Emergency Information Coordination Unit

Simulated collapse courtesy of the Emergency Information Coordination Unit

From the helpdesk to the boardroom - why resilience matters

Business resilience is an organisation’s ability to quickly adapt to disruptions while maintaining continuous business operation, safeguarding people and assets and maintaining or even building brand equity. The concept itself is not new; but it has a name that encompasses the range of disciplines for identifying and managing business risks, change, disruption, crises and emergencies. The result is an approach that strengthens the business by reducing cost, exposure, and stress; ensures compliance and builds a constructive culture.

Read the full article by Samantha Ford  as it appears in CIO and PC World magazines here.  Published 9 May 2016.

Tigertail Launches Advanced Emergency Management Simulator for Hospitals

New online tool helps hospitals & healthcare providers prepare for incidents, crises and emergencies cost-effectively.

Sydney, April 27, 2016 - Hospitals and healthcare facilities seeking to prepare for crises and emergencies now have access to the world’s best training and simulation exercises following the launch in Australia of ISEE Hospital from emergency management consultancy, Tigertail Australia.

Developed in conjunction with hospitals worldwide, ISEE Hospital is a cost-effective modular web-based simulation tool delivered to hospital management and staff with an additional strategy, training and feedback layer. It helps the health sector build skills and design and practise vital procedures.

Scenarios can be designed and shaped to suit a hospital’s configuration, location, specialisations, standard operating procedures, hazards and risk levels. Departments and units are created, and then resources and personnel are set up before patients are added, and a series of scenarios are run. These range from fire, flood, power outage, terrorist attacks, pandemics, and infrastructure to systems failure.

Internal teams then determine responses and implement them, with all actions and decisions stored for further discussion and feedback for participants with Tigertail.

“We help health service organisations design governance strategies, frameworks and plans, then implement, practise, audit and update them when necessary,” said Rick Stone, Managing Director at Tigertail. “We cut through the spin and give health professionals exactly what they need to safeguard their people, assets and environment.”

Tigertail Australia is a leading provider of health services contingency planning, crisis leadership training, public health commander and incident management team training and exercises. It has worked with health ministries in three jurisdictions, public and private hospitals, aged care, hospital foundations and allied health services.

Free demonstrations are available, for more information, please contact Tigertail Australia on 1300 987 772, email answers@tigertail.com.au or visit http://www.tigertail.com.au for more information.

About Tigertail Australia

Tigertail Australia advises high profile public and private sector organisations on risk, crisis and emergency management. It helps them survive disruptions, disasters and crises by providing strategies, training programs, tools and exercises.  

Headquartered in Sydney and operating nationally, Tigertail has a team of highly experienced consultants from backgrounds as diverse as the Royal Australian Navy, NSW State Emergency Management Committee, Commonwealth Bank and Rio Tinto.

Clients that have chosen Tigertail to help them build resilient cultures include banks, governments, hospitals, ports, utilities companies and energy providers, defence, retailers, health and human services, energy companies and more.

For more information, please visit www.tigertail.com.au

For media enquiries, 

Samantha Ford
answers@tigertail.com.au
+61 8097 1901
or
Jo Balfour
jo@progressiva.com.au
+61 405 542 018

 

 

Standing united against all forms of terror

"Stand united against all forms of terror." I love this message, to me it says bugger you, I am not putting up with your disgusting attempts to create instability, discrimination and unrest.

Following bombings earlier today in Brussels it reinforces the need to be vigilant, accept that these attacks are not isolated to one country and that terror is indiscriminate affecting all people regardless of religion or race.  

The goal of terrorist attacks is to frighten people into changing their behaviour.  Don't accept it as the norm, be disturbed by it and where you can, do something about it.  Have strategies in place to continue normal life, support one another and in business maintain productivity in the face of these outrageous acts. 

Report suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400, be aware of your surroundings and understand your travel risks at Smartraveller advice. Follow updates on the Belgium bombings at SMH Live Coverage