Safety Training in Virtual Reality
Engineering & Inspection Services (EIS) specializes in petrochemical but has recently begun expanding into architectural and construction areas. Thanks to their dedication to adopting the newest technology, they are leading the way in providing their customers with advancements in laser scanning, virtual reality, and animations for cloud-based programs. One initiative was to offer training modules in a VR environment, but they didn’t currently have the necessary in-house resources or experience.
EIS had two main goals: 1) Win new business by providing a long-term customer the ability to update how they train new hires to perform process-specific, procedure-based tasks. 2) Partner with ECAD to model and animate a safety module from the existing model and scan data into an easy-to-use VR and Windows-based executable.
First, ECAD (a Subsidiary of D3 Technologies) created visuals for EIS to use in the initial VR safety training module presentation using AutoCAD Plant 3D, 3ds Max, and Recap Pro. The customer saw the value in streamlining and automating a standardized training process to increase retention for learning safety procedures. The minimal overhead cost for this new way of training not only avoids the limiting weather conditions in the field and scheduling a live instructor, but the safety aspect alone won the customer over.
By collaborating with ECAD and using innovative solutions in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Collection, EIS can now add virtual reality safety training to their list of offerings to customers who are still using written documents or outdated safety video recordings. EIS will continue to manage their animation projects in-house but now have the option of handing off large or more complex laser scanning, back modeling, and VR projects to ECAD to ensure quality and efficient turnaround time.
“The use of VR for real-world environments is new and requires the use of multiple programs and processes. By collaborating with ECAD’s resources and expertise, we can provide our customers with the most cutting-edge technology without having to maintain an in-house team of experts to get the job done right and on time.” - John Tav, Technology Manager, Engineering & Inspection Services
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