Three Training Companies Launch Plato Alliance

October 26, 2009 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Three leading E&P learning companies, IHRDC, Nautilus and NExT, announced the creation of Plato Alliance, a new venture delivering an unprecedented range of integrated learning solutions to the E&P industry.

            “Plato Alliance combines the talents of the most experienced learning providers in the business to offer programs worldwide – customized to client needs and managed from start to finish,” said Henry Edmundson, founder of the Plato Alliance. “We are offering a one-stop shop for the complete planning, implementation and management of a client’s professional development program.”

            Plato Alliance brings a unique, integrated portfolio of complementary learning products to the industry including:

  • Over 500 courses and programs in all geoscience and petroleum engineering domains taught by more than 300 instructors;
  • More than 80 geology field seminars in a wide variety of geological environments;
  • The industry’s largest e-learning library, including 1,000 hours of technical learning in all geoscience and engineering domains, an overview of the entire value chain of oil and gas industry, and key business essentials for energy professionals;
  • Management programs covering all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including digital business simulations; and
  • Competency management consultation and systems.

            Plato Alliance combines these products in programs specifically tailored to client needs. The programs are designed to accelerate the development of professionals at all levels through blended learning, “learning by doing” and mentoring. Customized programs vary in length from weeks to several years.

            With clients, Plato Alliance will help design and build customized programs using 20 years’ experience in competency management – a  robust process for assessing competency development needs and identifying learning solutions – and by providing the Web-based competency management system, CMS Online.

            The three alliance companies also will continue to operate as independent learning providers outside of the alliance.



For over 40 years, International Human Resources Development Corporation has been a leader in training and competency development for the global oil and gas industry. IHRDC offers instructional programs that teach management and petroleum business essentials using challenging business games and digital workshops. Their e-learning products, Petroleum Online, IPIMS and Business Essentials, offer a wide range of on-demand learning worldwide. They also provide competency management services and the competency management system, CMS Online.


About Nautilus

For over nine years, Nautilus has provided the industry with geoscience training through its unique GTA membership concept. In 2009, Nautilus will deliver over 300 courses worldwide, of which more than 80 will be conducted in the field in a large variety of geological environments. More than 140 Nautilus instructors have an active technical involvement in the AAPG and SEG. Classroom courses are currently held in North America, Europe, South East Asia and Libya, while field venues include the USA, Mexico, Belize, Canada, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, South Africa and Borneo.


About NExT

For over 10 years, NExT has delivered tailored training programs in more than 50 countries. Its faculty includes over 250 instructors with a wide variety of technical and regional experience. A hallmark of NExT programs is “learning by doing.” Customized programs vary from weeks to two or more years. Through its global presence and experience in most oil and gas fields, NExT can fill these programs with relevant examples and case studies that make each course unique, specific and practical. NExT was founded by Schlumberger with strong affiliations to three leading universities: Texas A&M, University of Oklahoma and Heriot-Watt.


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