Safety training gets a dose of virtual reality

Science & technology

It used to be that preparing for a new job or a new task meant poring over a handbook.

Those books still play a role, but now, with the help of cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) simulations, technicians and operators are learning and challenging themselves in new ways – all from a tech hub known as ExxonMobil’s digital garage.

Users can put on a helmet and headphones, grab a controller and plug into the virtual world, engaging multiple senses. They can turn their heads, walk around and watch the VR world react. And long after the game is over, the skills learned remain relevant. For oil and gas operators, practice in a digital garage simulation is more than a game – it’s a lesson.

Each scene is designed and brought to life by the garage’s Immersive Technology Studio. The studio’s design lead, Kyle Daughtry, and architect, Athicha “M” Dhanormchitphong, blend insights from experts and textbook lessons to create a 3D world.

Immersive simulations can transport VR users onto the loading dock of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, where they spend a day on the job assessing and reacting to different scenarios, from the mundane to the complex. The experiences allow employees to hone their instincts, catch their mistakes and make instant decisions, so that they’re better equipped to work smarter and safer. 

Take a look below to see the power of these lifesaving trainings.

Tags:   ARDigital Garagesafety trainingvirtual reality simulationVR
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