Virtual reality is a technology that is set to radically improve all aspects of our lives, including learning.
The ability to interact in an immersive way with the information to be learned creates an involvement that makes the educational process direct and immediate. The dynamics that are triggered are those of playful learning which are the basis of Edutainment and VR Training experiences.
In the case of industrial plants and systems, simulation successfully removes all limits traditionally linked to the Learning processes, both concerning instruction for the operation of machinery and equipment and for maintenance procedures in complete safety and at a lower cost than traditional methods and procedures.
Protocube Reply has developed a VR Training solution integrated with Industry 4.0 logics that can ensure an objective series of advantages and that have already successfully been tested in real-world situations. For oil & gas manufacturing plants and facilities.
1 – LEARN EASILY AND INTUITIVELY
VR Training allows you to follow wizards to learn the information with the support of screen instructions placed on the exact spot where the tasks need to be executed. The user can apply the instructions with a scalable system of help until he/she is able to perform it unaided.
The dynamics that can be implemented in the VR Training application can effectively apply both to the commissioning and to the maintenance of systems and equipment.
2 – INTERACTIVITY AND DYNAMISM
The use of VR controllers allows you to follow and apply instructions with an “on the job” approach in virtual conditions that simulate any possible effect resulting from the choices made in real time. An experience far more efficient than reading traditional technical manuals.
To implement the instructions you do not need to be physically present at the plant. The experience is totally virtual and is designed to work even on the other side of the world, at any time, without having to stop production. This translates into actual savings in costs and logistics especially when the training involves a large number of employees on a global scale.
3 – 3D FOR THE MOST REALISTIC EXPERIENCE
The most advanced 3D technologies allow us to digitally reconstruct any system and existing equipment or to simulate completely new ones. Without limits in terms of size and complexity. This makes it possible to train in any scenario, for example before a production plant is put into operation.
The photorealistic rendering guarantees a high level of involvement and total immersion, giving the operator the feeling of actually dealing with the situations simulated in virtual reality.
4 – MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE
The VR Training application can simulate an environment’s directional audio. The correct perception of noise helps make the training experience more realistic and triggers more natural reactions during situations of potential danger to health, allowing one to learn to react in the most appropriate manner.
5 – SIMULATE RISK AND EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
Virtual reality allows us to simulate high risk situations, accidents and fire and to practice the correct emergency procedures and evacuation plans. The resulting benefits are easily discernible.
- Ensure staff are able to train in complete safety;
- Evaluate and improve plant safety procedures in case of failure or accident;
- Recreating emergency situations without production stoppages and dedicated equipment ensures considerable savings on overhead costs for training and maintenance.
NOT ONLY VR: AN INDUSTRY 4.0 MULTI-PLATFORM TRAINING ECOSYSTEM
Digital technology allows us to integrate many solutions in one single platform that can make all corporate processes more efficient.
Using Industry 4.0 logics the effectiveness of a VR Training application can be enhanced by connecting it to other tools, such as:
- Augmented reality Training applications
- Web Training applications
- Mobile Training applications
- Interactive video wall (big screen)
- Customized installations for internal communication, fairs and events
- Big Data and Analytics integration
- Internet of Things
The integration of many digital technologies is the concept at the core of the Protocube Reply 3D Integrated Solutions.