When we talk about safety training, most of us will think of boring training lectures and even more boring reading material. Although it’s a necessary evil, using these methods can be just that, boring, unengaging. What if there was a better way? Virtual reality presents a new method of safety training that is engaging, cost effective and significantly increases retention. Here are just a few benefits of using VR to provide employees with safety training.
Digital Twins Digital Twins are 3D digital replicas of existing systems which uses data gathered by sensors predominately seen in IoT (internet of Things) devices from the physical ‘twin’ which is then sent to the digital replica. Digital twins can be something large like a large site like a shopping centre or an oil and gas rig to an individual part of a larger machine such as a jet engine.
The Oil and Gas industry is an incredibly complex, controlled industry which deals with a large amount of health and safety guidelines and compliance issues. Oil and Gas companies spend large sums of money on training new and existing employees to make them familiar with equipment and facilities. There are many challenges those working in the oil and gas industry face and VR has proven to be an effective tool to tackle some of these challenges.
In 2017 Oil and Gas provided 76% of the UK’s primary energy and 60% of that came from indigenous sources. BP and Shell have reported revenues of $240.2 Billion and $305.1 Billion , respectively, keeping oil and gas as one of the UK’s biggest industries. Being a huge and relatively old industry, oil and gas corporations are prime for disruption from new technologies. AR and VR have already seen application in other sectors and there are a number of ways that they could revolutionise oil and gas.