Today, more and more sectors are facing changes due to the advance of progressive or innovative IT technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality. These powerful new systems are also known inside the spectrum of Extended Realities (XR) and each one of them uses digital graphics in a different level.
- Virtual Reality: A complete immersion in a digital and interactive environment in which the physical world isn’t visible.
- Augmented Reality: A mix of the physical and digital world, you can capture the real world through a device and the interactive graphics are overlaid.
These technologies offer powerful and interactive tools and solutions that facilitate the progress towards the digital transformation in energy companies.
Which are the current applications in the sector?
There are several tools and applications in the energy sector nowadays. These usually involve AR systems and are used for maintenance processes, remote assistance, operational safety or guidance for repairments. The technicians only need a head’s up display or camera active device in which metadata is loaded to improve efficiency in all types of operations.
But one of the best opportunities in the sector, offered by XR, is employee training. In recent years, many companies have significantly improved new training resources, programs and simulations in order to prepare a highly qualified workforce.
Benefits of XR in training
- Increased user engagement: Extended Reality training is very attractive to new candidates, the option of learning with highly immersive experiences is one of the most effective training methods available and the engagement of the candidates increases the outcome and results.
- Higher knowledge retention: When trainees are engaged, all their senses are focused to retain every input received. Today’s method of training tries to avoid static content such as text or video materials. Using built-in gamification trainees have more fun and interest which leads them to better knowledge retention.
- Training in a safe environment: Either using VR (fully immersive) or AR (half digital), trainees can experience and practice in scenarios that are fully safe avoiding possible injuries, damages in company equipment or costs in material that needs to be restocked in each training session.
- Reduced costs in training: Candidates can access all these resources form their own space without having to travel to another place. There isn’t a need of paying a trainer for every sesion and the material costs are highly cut off because those materials are already recreated in the virtual space.
- Unlimited resources: Each candidate needs more or less time to learn and improve their skills, having resources that they can repeat as many times as needed is very useful to gain familiarity with the content. In the real world, it wouldn’t be possible to repeat it so many times as it would be a costly or even risky procedure.
To sum up, interactive and immersive training methods enable trainees to get significant knowledge and skills in a cost-effective, safe and highly proven to be a better retention method. Companies in the energy sector, like Naturgy, have already done several training projects to use for the training candidates that are interested in joining their workforce. All with the final goal of achieving a revolutionary way of improving the efficiency of the operations and the safety of their workers, walking together towards the digital transformation.
Written by Miriam Lara,
UI Designer at KingEclient