Project eCollege - a new CI-KBR service
Multidisciplinary teams working on major engineering, procurement, construction and
management projects may be drawn from company employees, partners and suppliers
“Our acquisition of Catalyst located around the world. Managing geographically dispersed project teams has many
Interactive expands KBR’s unique challenges, not the least is bringing together many diverse people to work towards
training capabilities - both in a common shared goal.
the Asia-Pacific region as well
as in all of KBR’s business units Development and adoption of common systems to manage processes across a project is
globally”. William P. Utt, often a key strategy, and induction and training opportunities a key component for
Chairman, President & CEO, successful implementation and compliance.
KBR Traditional training approaches can be prohibitively expensive if large project teams are
involved and situated across the globe.
Catalyst Interactive, a KBR subsidiary, provides a global induction and training system
centred on the provision of an online project eCollege facility, which will manage, deliver
and record the provision of induction and project-related training to all project team
members, irrespective of location, language and time zone - 24/7/365.
• provides the technological infrastructure necessary for management, delivery,
operation and maintenance of the induction and training, independent of any
individual company corporate infrastructure
• develops blended learning (F2F and eLearning) solutions for all targeted or
defined training requirements, structured into role based curricula, and where
required in multiple languages
• enrols, manages and records all induction provided to team members through a
“My Learning” page (portal approach)
• provides a “training passport” for individual team members based on their role
and management reporting functions.
• provides access to the owners team during commissioning, operation and
• is available to all team members beyond the initial induction phase, for refreshers,
moment of need learning and beyond for support via access to specific
knowledge management applications like blogs, wikis and community of practice
• provides a learning solution that will complement project change management
and communication strategies through a workforce readiness model that over the
lifecycle of the project informs team members about the project, prepares them
for their role in it, and supports and evaluates them during their deployment.
The key business drivers are to increase access to induction and project orientation
irrespective of location, reduce costs and the time associated with induction and project-
related training requirements in the long term, and ensure quality and consistency of the
The Project eCollege approach solves the problem for most project startups, of the rapid
ramping up of project personnel in the initial project stages, by leveraging eLearning’s
strengths of scalability and simultaneous global reach.
The Project College facility is an innovative approach to the management and delivery of
induction and training support to KBR project members working together across the globe
and can underpin project objectives of delivery of world class performance in safety,
operational excellence and environmental stewardship.
Project eCollege will
• Reduce the risk of safety or environmental breaches
• Reduce the costs of induction and compliance by reducing the cost of training
delivery over multiple sites
• Increase productivity because eLearning reduces the time required for training
• Provide an opportunity to Improve and increase services to the client and add
Other Catalyst Interactive services include the leveraging of 3D models used in
engineering design to provide a 3D virtual plant within a games engine that could provide
a collaborative, interactive work environment to facilitate worker orientation in an
industrial plant and/or provide dress rehearsals for managing team-based activities like
emergency shut downs, evacuations, fire exercises etc.
Examples of Catalyst Interactive’s deployment of eColleges in infrastructure projects,
Defence and professional development settings are described below.
Besides engineering, environmental and safety challenges, the Barrow Island LNG plant
construction project in WA, Australia (the Gorgon Project) needs to address the logistic
challenge of engagement of the owner (and upstream contractors), KJVG partners and
contractors in the common processes and procedures to be followed (One Gorgon)
across a global network of project offices, module pre-assembly yards, supply bases and
Barrow Island itself.
As a result of an invitation by the KJV Gorgon project team in London, Catalyst Interactive
developed a business case for Gorgon eCollege that recommended the establishment of
a global project learning system, centred on the provision of an online eLearning facility.
Chevron accepted this business case and has commissioned the first stage of the
eCollege development to define and implement the learning management system and
create and deploy some high priority courses, namely, Quarantine, Permit to Work and
Code of Business Conduct / Compliance courses. The online eCollege is to operate over
the 5 year life of the project and will integrate with an induction centre in Perth for workers
mobilizing to Barrow Island. Second and third stages of eLearning content development
are in discussion.
Gorgon eCollege is an innovative approach to the management and delivery of project
induction to project members working together across the globe and will underpin the
objective of delivery of world class performance in safety, operational excellence and
Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.
As part of KBR’s training system integrator role in training aircrew, ground crewmen and
technicians at Oakey, Queensland, Catalyst developed two hundred hours of eLearning
courseware using our proprietary learning content management system (LCMS),
LearnSwitch® Enterprise (the Tiger Helicopter eCollege) . This involved the deployment of a
sophisticated configuration management tool within the LCMS to facilitate seamless
maintenance of the courseware as equipment / part numbers change over time due to
the manufacturer’s upgrades to the helicopter. The use of this configuration management
tool allows the training materials to remain in real time configuration with the aircraft
system. This technology-based training system allows KBR to deliver a complete blended
training solution to the client.
This multi-million dollar project represents one of the largest e-Learning developments ever
undertaken by an Australian eLearning company.
As a result of the successful deployment of the technology-based system, Catalyst was
contracted by the aircraft manufacturer to develop a Virtual Avionics Systems Trainer
(VAST) for the aircraft. The challenge was to design, develop and deliver an advanced
synthetic simulation environment with the same level of systems fidelity as the aircraft itself,
to be used in place of a static training device. Integrated into this environment are a
range of training scenarios required to support training in the operation and maintenance
of the aircraft for trainee Avionics Technicians. All avionics LRUs and associated support
and test equipment required to support the training were modelled to an appropriate
level of complexity emulating the actual functioning of the aircraft systems. The underlying
emulations equate to the relevant inputs and outputs to the aircraft’s CDU and MFDs
providing a real-life experience for trainees. Integrated into the training scenarios were the
workflow management systems as they are used in the real work situation. This approach is
significantly less expensive than the traditional static training device and can
accommodate any number of trainees simultaneously – previously only one trainee at a
time could use the static training device.
The result of this and other recent projects has allowed Catalyst to develop LearnSwitch®
Enterprise Virtual Training Device™ (LSE-VTD) - a software platform for delivering realistic
procedural based training in a desktop virtual environment, utilising one, two or three
linked computer screens or touch screen displays.
LSE-VTD blends a learning management system (LMS), instructional design and a high
resolution 3D virtual environment in real-time to provide a fully immersive interactive
training solution. The complexity and fidelity of the virtual environments and models can be
tailored to complement the depth of maintenance or operational procedures being
performed in the workplace.
This Real-time virtual training environment with multiple training modes, allows trainees to
progress through a maintenance procedure in stages from full assistance through to
College of Law
As one of the largest providers of practical legal training in Australasia, the College of Law
(COL) was faced with the challenge of increased demand and dispersal of students
throughout the globe. It became evident that the COL would need to migrate existing
educational material to an online format. Catalyst Interactive was engaged by the COL to
”The online functionality
develop an eLearning strategy that would provide a sustainable eLearning content
of the eCollege has
deployment platform, allowing the COL to migrate previous instructor-led courses online.
organisation with a Through deploying the LearnSwitch® Enterprise platform, Catalyst Interactive designed
competitive advantage and developed an online college warehouse, acting as both a content authoring and
over direct competitors deployment solution.
of the organisation.”
LearnSwitch® Enterprise allowed the COL to consolidate all of their online offerings in a
Neville Carter, COL single system resulting in a dramatic reduction of the administrative overhead associated
Managing Director. with the courses and promoted an enhanced image and reputation. LearnSwitch®
Enterprise has empowered the COL to extend their reach beyond their traditional
geographic boundaries to the entire Eastern seaboard, Hong Kong, New Zealand and into
the UK, supporting over one-thousand registered students at any time.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
The Passports Branch of DFAT required a more efficient method of training officers
“We now have a responsible for the issue of passports. With 3000 passports staff located in Australia and
fantastic product which overseas, the existing instructor-led training was not sustainable, especially as new
we can manage 'in- agencies became involved in passport processing. Catalyst Interactive was engaged to
house' so as policies develop and implement a customised online college (OPAL eCollege) that would
change we can amend overcome DFAT’s unique training challenges while improving their bottom line.
the content ourselves.”
To meet the unique needs of DFAT, Catalyst Interactive deployed LearnSwitch® Enterprise
Teresa Hart – Former to develop and deploy the training system providing 24x7 access, learner tracking and
Passport Operations reporting regardless of location, agency or role, and the capability to easily update
Training Manager, DFAT training as Departmental procedures change.
The solution saved DFAT significant costs, time and enhanced the overall learning
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