Oil and gas organizations are experimenting with VR to improve workforce efficiency, safety, and productivity. 

FREMONT, CA: The oil and gas industry is witnessing a wide-scale implementation of virtual reality (VR) across its value chain. VR gives an interactive experience within a simulated environment and presents a superior alternative for images and schematics in oil and gas industrial activities. The industry is leveraging VR to drive workforce efficiency.

The oil and gas industry workers must be adequately trained before they enter plants or perform any maintenance and repair tasks. Conventionally, this is carried out through video tools and classroom training. But, creating virtual reality models of plants, refinery units, and workplaces will be an effective way for employees to assess safety requirements and get a first-hand view of several of the tasks. The virtual view of the oil and gas facility will enhance general understanding and makes it easier for the workforce to practice safety measures and better respond to potentially unsafe situations.

Oil and gas installations are usually situated in remote locations, and many of these facilities are difficult and expensive to manage and access. To help address the cost and ensure timely maintenance, technicians can use VR technology to familiarize themselves with facilities prior to physically visiting the location. In the event of equipment failure, technicians can perform the first level of assessment to identify issues. Using a VR headset that combines a virtual view with real-time data from operational systems can help technicians assess the extent of the problem before site visits. This can considerably reduce the time needed to complete the maintenance and ensure that technicians are better trained and prepared before performing the tasks.

It is only a matter of time before VR plays a central role in increasing efficiency, enhancing safety and compliance, and lowering costs for the oil and gas industry.