Industry: Energy

VR Training and Sales Demos

CASE STUDIES

Explore how we help businesses and universities deploy VR to accelerate learning and improve operating efficiency.

VR Safety Training

VR can improve EHS training outcomes and is already being used in upstream, midstream, and downstream Oil & Gas as well as renewable energy sectors. 


VR offers a “safe place to fail” where EHS leaders can construct virtual hazardous situation scenarios for field operator training without interrupting plant or site operations. This includes workplace orientation, first aid, fire safety, environmental safety, equipment safety, and more. VR-enabled EHS training can help improve situational awareness and the responsiveness of employees, resulting in a better work environment. Because VR leads to improved learning efficacy (because the training is “experienced”) workers will be better trained and can take control of an unexpected situation quickly. This helps companies reduce financial loss, risk and injury or death to workers. VR can also be used to capture and virtualize decades of experience from retiring workers before their knowledge “leaves the building.”

VR Operator & Technician Training

VR can improve MRO training effectiveness and cost savings for energy companies. VR-based training on digital twins (virtual models) of real plants, factories or field equipments means operators and repair technicians can practice MRO tasks anywhere, anytime without the actual equipment being physically present. 


VR doesn’t replace hands-on learning – it accelerates it because operators and technicians can spend tens (or hundreds) of hours of virtual task training in advance of laying hands on the actual equipment. As opposed to “death by PowerPoint” in old-school training classrooms, VR-based training offers a level of realism and experience as if the trainee were really there. A VR practice session can take just 20-30 minutes and be can be self-directed or instructor-led by SMEs anywhere in the world. The travel and expense cost savings is huge, as is avoiding a costly interruption to operations caused by a flare out, pipeline integrity issue, or inoperable gas compressor. VR can also be used to capture and virtualize decades of experience from retiring workers before their knowledge “leaves the building.”

VR Sales Demos & Support

Selling equipment, site engineering services and plant design involve long, complex sales cycles that involve dozens of decision makers across borders and time zones. Keeping them engaged is challenging, especially using video conferencing in place of live meetings.

VR simulations of equipment operation and virtual walking tours of plant sites can be a highly effective way to engage buyers during the pre-sale process and train customer operators as part of installation and onboarding. By using virtual models (digital twins) of equipment assets such as gas compressors, pipelines, vapor recovery units, separation columns, and refinery terminals, OEMs and service companies can sell, train and support customers in real-time without the time delays and travel expense of live meetings. That’s not to say VR replaces live customer interactions, but it reduces the frequency and therefore unnecessary business interruptions to gain access to real-world site equipment.