A trailblazer in Virtual Reality training
E.ON infrastructure subsidiary Avacon, the largest regional power- and gas- infrastructure operator in North-Germany, has been using VR training since 2018 to complement their on-site training efforts. Avacon’s key objective is to build a library of recurring training experiences that trainees can use to complement their traditional training curriculum, and which allows them to train complex training situations repeatedly without any cost or risk associated.
A completely self-operated, internal VR platform
Using the VRdirect platform, Avacon is able to create the VR training experience internally: 360° content is created using standard 360° cameras mounted on helmets and edited with standard freeware software. The VRdirect platform is then used to create interactive VR experiences with additional text boxes and explanations, as well as to distribute the experiences across the entire company using a private VR app that runs on a number of Oculus Go and acts as the hub for all VR training experiences. In the meantime, several content creators across a number of locations have been creating training content that is distributed across all user devices.
Using 360° images and video, the experience allows users to identify health and safety risks evident in scenes at the job site without actually being in danger. With more time and less stress in this virtual environment, employees learn how to do the job right and how to do it safely. All outside distractions are eliminated in VR training, increasing the user’s focus on the content of the experience. To learn more about how to improve safety and performance in VR training, read our article on the subject.