Software Company Breaks into American Market

Aberdeen-based software company Pisys is poised to make further breakthroughs into the offshore training market in the Americas following the formal launch of a $2.5 million facility in Brazil.

The training simulator, which recreates the difficult conditions workers can face on a rig, platform or FPSO, is already booked up for use by Petrobras to train nearly 1,000 engineers over the next seven years. Pisys is now looking to establish a formal presence on the continent.

Pisys developed the simulator for Brazilian state training body SENAI, which is jointly funded by energy group Petrobras and the Brazilian government. The opening ceremony for the facility at SENAI's base in Rio de Janeiro was attended by a number of senior figures associated with the Brazilian energy industry.

The simulator is the second 'moving platform' system of its kind to be built by Pisys – and it has paved the way for the company to become established in the region.

Director Ben Trewin said: "We've been working to develop relationships with key energy players in Venezuela and Mexico, as well as with educational institutions, and are in active discussions with them on the provision of similar facilities.

"We are confident that these links will yield new business for us and to that end we are looking to establish official representation in the region.

"The development of activity in new markets is central to Pisys' growth plans and we are also exploring the potential to market our other training products in the US and Canada. Our software is extremely adaptable and can be tailored to reflect the conditions operators face in provinces around the world."

ASET (Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training), which also uses the Pisys training simulator in its Aberdeen facilities, is working with SENAI to help design and deliver the simulator training courses.

Pisys took part in a recent three-centre trade mission to Mexico organised by Aberdeen City Council on behalf of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Scottish Development International, as well as two similar trips to Venezuela with UKTI and the Northern Offshore Federation.

Beyond the two 'moving platform' systems Pisys also has another 15 fixed or mobile systems deployed around the world with leading training companies and over 40 models representing a variety of vessels, installations and control room environments.

The training simulator is one of a diverse range of software-based products Pisys offers to the energy, health and education sectors.