First Gas (now Clarus) asked Company-X to custom build a state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) training program to prepare its team for high-risk procedures.


First Gas, one of New Zealand’s largest gas networks operators, was looking for safe and efficient ways of training for operating and maintaining more than 2,500 km of their high-pressure gas transmission pipeline and 4,800kms of gas distribution network across the North Island.

To do this, First Gas needs to ensure its people are trained well and prepared for all types of situations, including many of which are difficult to understand on paper.


Company-X was asked to design and develop a custom-built virtual reality (VR) training programme.

The Company-X virtual reality team developed a solution using VR headgear replicating, in exacting detail, the high-risk procedure for emergency venting of a ruptured pipeline before maintenance can be carried out.

By making this a virtual experience the team could practice emergency responses in a safe, controlled way.



Company-X built a true-to-life VR model of the Te Kowhai DP Main Line Valve (MLV) in the Waikato.

The team used state-of-the-art point cloud scanning technology and as-built drawings to collect accurate location and dimension data of all pipework and components.

This information meant the experience was based in the actual workplace for First Gas and meant the learning was directly transferable to real-life situations.

2,500 kilometers

Of high pressure gas pipelines.

4,800 kilometers

Of gas distribution networks