Pioneers of digital safety training
In the past, AST have already incorporated VR into their training portfolio, offering specialized practical training via VR simulators, making them pioneers in the field of workplace safety. The theoretical part of these courses, however, was conducted through a conventional e-learning platform, which did not allow for an interactive learning experience on par with the practical training recreating life-like environments. Thus, AST’s goal was to create a Virtual Reality solution based on existing course material and to flexibly integrate it into their e-learning platform, adding a visual and interactive component that made the learning contents even more palpable.
To make creating a myriad of VR courses for theoretical training as cost-effective and time-saving as possible, AST were looking for a powerful, yet easy-to-use tool that allowed them to create most of the content themselves with minimal resources and in a short amount of time. With VRdirect Studio, they found the solution that catered to those needs the most.
Transforming theory into practice with VRdirect
Using the VRdirect platform, AST is now able to offer theoretical trainings and qualifications certificates in VR as well. One of the first projects implemented with VRdirect is a digital manual teaching participants on how to safely handle earth-moving machinery. The solution allows attendants to view and engage with the course material in an immersive and interactive environment.
For AST, being able to realize this pilot project with as little overhead as possible was one of the core aspects of choosing VRdirect. For example, they were able to create the solution’s content by reusing existing course material and directly transferring it to the VRdirect platform. According to Matthias Müller, the entire visual 360° material was completed in only one day. The complex qualification certificate for earth-moving machinery was developed time-efficiently with manageable resources: often Müller could do most of the work himself, outsourcing the design to VRdirect to speed things up even further.
Take a look below at an excerpt of the entire project and see for yourself how virtual reality can be used for training purposes!