What is the price of inexperience? When it comes to workplace accidents, it can be very high. There are strict health and safety guidelines governing training and detailing what employees must do before they can operate certain machinery or take on specific roles.
However, training can be slow and time-consuming, and finding the right physical space and conditions to do it can mean interrupting regular operations and functions.
Virtual reality applications and the use of VR CAVE environments can bring a new insight and versatility to training, while saving on time and resources.
Virtual Training Applications
“More industries are seeing the value in investing in immersive VR training suites,” observes Antycip Simulation’s Commercial Manager, John Mould. “Where once this technology might have seemed out of reach, it is now fitting in with the increased application of digital technology throughout working life.”
One example is the UK’s rail industry, where several operators have adopted virtual reality and VR CAVEs for training purposes. Arriva Trains Wales has a VR CAVE to help with training for passenger safety.
“It enables them to create a realistic station platform environment,” John says, “which is then fully immersive for users. With simulated scenarios, it is easy for the trainer to pause proceedings, or to go back over things and highlight certain issues.”
“There are numerous training applications for the VR CAVE where you can transform the classroom into a practical learning environment, simulating actual conditions in the workplace”
The University of Hull has provided a VR CAVE training environment for wind turbine engineers; and there is a VR training programme for forklift truck operators.
Virtual Reality Training for Therapy
Environment simulation for training purposes is not restricted to the workplace. It operates on a therapeutic level too.
“VR CAVEs are used effectively in healthcare environments too,” John points out. “In helping children with autism, VR can assist greatly by providing safe, immersive environments, which can prepare them for engaging with day to day life.”
VR has also been used in the US to help soldiers recover from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
“Whether for medical, therapeutic, educational or industrial training, the VR CAVE is adaptable for an increasingly diverse range of scenarios”
“Virtual reality has enormous potential to continue to transform how we learn and how various sectors can invest in the training of employees and improve productivity in the process.” John concludes.