GSE Systems’ EnVision™ E-Learning and Simulations Tackle Dakota Gas Worker Skills Gap

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DGC’s employees will use GSE’s EnVision self-paced tutorials to quickly master fundamentals of unit operations and process controls.

With the implementation of this program, DGC will experience the long-term benefit of an enriched training program that reduces the time it takes to produce proficient console operators.

Global energy industry performance improvement company GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE”) today announced that it has been engaged by Dakota Gasification Company (DGC) to help fill a workforce skills gap at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah, ND. Many of DGC’s experienced operators recently have retired and the company is hiring new operators to fill the void. Recognizing the need for quick and effective training, DGC called upon GSE to employ its e-learning tutorials and simulations to shorten the learning curve while preparing workers from all backgrounds, from entry-level to expert operators.

DGC’s employees will use GSE’s EnVision self-paced tutorials to quickly master fundamentals of unit operations and process controls. They will then use real-time universal simulation models for practicing normal and critical operations, as well as troubleshooting and malfunction recovery. DGC can even use the EnVision tools in the years ahead to refresh experienced operators and to train incoming employees at any level.

DGC currently is working with GSE and its partner, Systran Inc., to conduct a training needs assessment and training program development project. DGC chose GSE’s EnVision products because the practical nature of the simulators, course content and tutorials best met its training needs. With the implementation of this program, DGC will experience the long-term benefit of an enriched training program that reduces the time it takes to produce proficient console operators.

Dakota Gasification Company is a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. DGC’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the United States that manufactures natural gas, and has been doing so since 1984.

For more information on GSE’s staff and plant performance solutions, go to http://www.gses.com/products/universal-simulators. GSE’s EnVision elearning and universal simulations are a part of our Entry2Expert (E2E) performance improvement solution. E2E provides the process, technology and services needed to go from screening and selection to developing an expert team. To find out more about E2E, go to http://www.gses.com/e2e.

About GSE Systems, Inc.

GSE Systems, Inc. provides performance improvement solutions to the energy and process industries. We improve human performance though turnkey training, unique visualization and simulation applications, and our staff of instructors, as well as plant improvement through our engineering expertise and use of technology to improve plant design, commissioning and operations. The Company has more than 300 employees and over four decades of experience as well as more than 1,100 installations and hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in St. Marys, Georgia; Cary, North Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Chennai, India; Nyköping, Sweden; Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Glasgow, UK; and Beijing, China. Information about GSE Systems is available at http://www.gses.com.

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