Virtual reality technology is revolutionizing the energy environment by making it safer, better, and more efficient.

FREMONT, CA: Virtual Reality (VR) is no more exclusive to gaming. It is now offering various solutions to businesses from effective employee training to product development. Like any other industry, VR is paving the way for simplifying many processes in the energy industry. Here is a closer look at why and how the energy industry is using VR. 

Maintenance

The use cases offered by VR for the energy industry are powerful. VR systems help in energy farm design, planning, workforce development, and maintenance. When dealing with large infrastructures, it might be challenging to have a real and accurate perception of the size. With VR, engineers can easily have an immersive, full-scale, 360-degree view of their offshore models and infrastructures. Thereby retrofits and maintenance can be planned and tested before going offshore. Also, the visualization of energy projects and designs offers a more accurate perception of the applicability of the digital prototype in the real-life setting.

Safety

VR is slowly gaining traction in the energy industry as it is faced with safety challenges. VR is majorly being used in simulation and modeling. It enables the creation of immersive views of real-world facilities that can be used to refine the design of facilities. VR is widely used in training also, as it can offer visually stimulating environments for trainees to understand the environments and processes without being exposed to hazardous situations.

Virtual Training

VR is rapidly becoming the go-to training solution for the energy industry. Leading energy companies have begun using VR as a way to train their employees on how to handle a variety of complex situations that could develop within the control room. VR allows power generation environments to be recreated virtually, offering significant cost savings and the ability to implement changes quickly.  The cost of VR simulators is one-tenth of the cost of building physical simulators. Delivering VR-based, on-demand training sessions is found to be improving knowledge retention and reducing traditional classroom training costs in the sector.   

With all the above use cases, it can be said that the promise made by virtual reality solutions is real in the energy space. Undoubtedly, virtual reality can improve operational efficiency and make the energy industry more efficient.