Virtual Reality Maintenance Training
Maintenance technicians have a lot to gain by capitalizing on the benefits of virtual reality. Namely, it starts with training.
With VR, equipment and the worksite come to the technicians instead of the other way around. Technicians in training can now immerse themselves in their future work environment. What’s else, this allows them to explore the site topology and become familiar with the environment in which they will be working.
VR is also suited to tasks that are complex and difficult to convey by traditional means. Specifically, tasks that are too complicated, hazardous or expensive to use the real equipment to train on.
For these reasons, virtual reality is considered one of the advanced front-end technologies in Industry 4.0 for supporting smart working.
In collaboration with Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A. (PGNiG), the leader in the Polish natural gas market, we realized a training scenario in a fully immersive 3D environment. Our team created a VR digital twin of an LNG pressure reduction station, and the high-fidelity VR training allowed the company’s technicians to learn by completing specific tasks and solving real problems.
Thanks to the element of simulation, their technicians were more involved, better prepared and were able to develop new skills faster.
Virtual Reality training and digital twins created by 1000 realities studio can be a critical element for any company. Immersion in 3D gives trainers and technicians a safe place to practice by eliminating safety and operational risk, the training meets the need without travel costs.
Decidedly, the direct ROI of VR simulation and digital twins is often fully ROI-measurable.
Custom VR Training
The Industrial Revolution 4.0 requires a higher standard of knowledge. It is needed to implement progressively complex processes on the next level of interaction between equipment, automation and human-being.
In turn, personnel must develop the skills needed to ensure that industrial equipment is up and running smoothly.
What’s more, offering efficacious instruction for production-based technical education and that will provide adequate hands-on training remains to be a growing concern. Typically, instructors will share their knowledge and experience of equipment. This can include valves, regulators and actuators through lectures and hands-on workshops.
Implementing a VR and digital twin program to upgrade operations that were previously executed with lower-tech manual procedures can be something of a leap of faith for many companies. Nonetheless, the most effective method of operating personnel training is currently computer-based simulation.
In general, VR is an effective educational tool for preparing personnel to function in routine, emergency and abnormal situations.
Thus, digital twins and virtual reality can transform enterprise training by bridging the gap between learning and doing. Further, VR simulation can give trainers and operators a safe place to practice, fail and get better at the skills they learned.
Crucially, learners can see the consequences when things go wrong. Trainees can also learn how to do things correctly, and train on simulated machines in high-end VR without physical machines and self-pace. And, interactive learning can take place anywhere at any time.
In collaboration with the startup accelerator InnVento and PGNiG we created a reduction station worksite with maintenance training.
On an authentic digital twin, PGNiG’s trainees can learn and practice how to activate an LNG pressure reduction station. The simulated training educates maintainers who operate service stations that reduce the pressure of natural gas for distribution to homes, offices and small industrial facilities.
Overall, the VR experience combines advanced learning theory, data science and 3D modeling. And, the digital twin featured in the training scenario is a 3D scanned real-life installation.
A part of what we do is design and create interactive training modules which offer new pathways for improved outcomes in high-proficiency training. Here, virtual gas flow guidelines are overlaid onto specific parts of the digital win installation. Next, the trainee must exactly and safely regulate the valves. The trainee can observe gas flow and test on the order valves should be opened.
Importantly, animated arrows overlaid on the virtual pipes show the substance flow, enabling the trainee to check how the entire installation works in an off-site and safe environment.
The complete reduction station training consists of both a home pipeline scenario as well as a small industrial facility pipeline scenario. What’s more, detailed instructions are presented, complete with a visualization of the flow of natural gas within the pipes.
Critically, while activating different parts of the station, the learner must conform to operations standards. In addition, the application also features an examination mode.
Our VR training is maximally user-friendly for people who do not have much digital experience, and accessible for people of all ages. The solution utilizes virtual reality enabled devices, and this ensures that our solutions are portable. Additionally, it is cost-efficient and location-independent.
Overall, our immersive training can solve a myriad of business and operational challenges.