T-HUET Officially Launched at OTC 2014

May 5, 2014

Bastion Technologies announced a first-of-its-kind offering under its Survival Training program. The new Tropical Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (THUET) course is being launched at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, May 5-8, 2014.

This new training for high-consequence oil and gas exploration scenarios will be offered at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL), and has been accepted by Shell UA and other Gulf of Mexico operators to satisfy their warm-water HUET requirement. It has also been reviewed and endorsed by the P&T Wells organization.

"With Tropical HUET, the Survival Training program becomes one of the first in North America to offer this important safety course," said Joe Reeves, Program Manager at Bastion Technologies. "Tropical HUET represents our commitment to deliver the latest and most innovative training to a rapidly changing oil and gas industry."

The THUET course ensures workers traveling to and from offshore oil and gas installations and vessels by helicopter stay calm in an emergency. It also teaches delegates to escape a helicopter following an unexpected water landing by providing specific training in pre-flight and in-flight requirements.

"As part of our focus on service and excellence, Survival Training is constantly reviewed, upgraded and expanded, ensuring it is current and of the highest quality," said Joe Reeves, Program Manager at Bastion Technologies. "The Tropical HUET is a safety and survival game changer and an important initiative for oil and gas workers in the Gulf of Mexico."

Bastion Survival Training's T-HUET course is taught by some of the industry's leading training professionals at the NBL at the Johnston Space Center in Houston. The 6.2 million gallon, 40-foot deep pool, once used exclusively to train astronauts, allows for an extremely realistic learning experience, and a Modular Egress Training Simulator allows participants to experience the feeling of escaping from a helicopter fully submerged in water.

The industry initiative to put additional focus on training led standards bodies to update their THUET requirements, increasing the training from a four- to eight-hour course. Every four years, rig workers must recertify by completing an eight-hour repeat course.

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