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Central Scotland firms combine

Takeover will break new ground in 3D modelling

IKMA deal bringing together two companies in central Scotland will open up pioneering 3D modelling for petrochemical plant operators and engineers.

IKM Consulting, based in Grangemouth,  has acquired the Bo’ness firm Acer Media, which is involved in industrial animation.

Led by Trisha Palmer, the Acer Media team will become IKM Visual Solutions, delivering the company’s new range of training and visual media services, including some which break new ground.

Operators will be able to use games console controllers to navigate and perform process safety and training exercises virtually to simulate complex and dangerous scenarios.

The acquisition brings IKM’s total workforce to more than 75, many of whom are engaged on projects across the UK and around the globe. The company has a strong portfolio of established clients, including BP, INEOS and BAM Nuttall.

Ian Maclachlan, managing director of IKM Consulting, said: “As a business, we are always looking to identify new technologies and methods which will enable us to continue delivering the highest possible level of expertise and service to add value to our clients. The acquisition of Acer Media will allow us to do exactly that and I’m pleased to welcome Trisha and her team to IKM.

“It’s essential to understand not only how emerging technologies are changing the way in which people perform their job but also how those technologies are impacting the whole sector. In the next 10 years, it is predicted that the average age of a petrochemical operator will drop from over 50 to under 30.

“This younger generation are far more attuned to technology and the benefits it can bring than their predecessors. It is important, to ensure the continued growth and long-term success of our business, that we look to the future and offer services that a younger workforce is comfortable with.

“What we can now offer through IKM Visual Solutions certainly does that.”

The services which IKM Visual Solutions will be offering have applications in a wide range of areas including virtual plant operator training, hazard awareness, project visualisations, induction programmes, e-learning and competency management, process safety and COMAH case visualisation.

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