The energy industry has been taking several dramatic changes in terms of technology shifting the industry. Augmented reality and virtual reality are two important technologies that can make you a more marketable energy professional. While AR and VR gadgets have come on to the gaming scene in a big way, but it’s not just fun and games that this technology can provide. User interfaces are changing. Think about how 3D projections and movement detection might influence your work. Think about how a hands-free, completely accurate and safe learning environment could help you up-level your skills.

Here’s what you need to know about these new technologies that may change how you learn how to be effective in the energy industry.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality provides the unique opportunity to bring your trainees into a unique environment. You can offer learners a 360-degree view of a workshop, of a specific place, or even have them interact with digital elements within their own workspace.

This technology brings a much more hands-on, integrated approach to corporate training which can increase experiential learning, and lead to better retention rates. Take the risk out of safety and compliance scenarios while showing learners a deeper than theoretical scenario. Give trainees the chance to practice and perfect their learnings in a virtual reality setting. Bring new hires up to speed quickly and effectively, without risking mistakes that can impact clients or projects. The benefit of bringing training material into a more active presentation is a greater impact, and that’s something every learning and development program can benefit from.

This learning environment can be accessed from anywhere in the world so long as the employee has a VR headset and an internet connection. The advantages of training a remote workforce in tandem with these devices are enticing, to say the least. But the technology is still new enough that some companies may not be able to fully invest right away. In cases like those, we recommend doing a little at a time. Don’t go overboard when buying devices. Find the content that would benefit most from a virtual reality element, then test out the next program. Ask for feedback from trainees and instructors before going all in.

Augmented Reality

New technology provides more than fun and games as new gaming AR gadgets move on to the scene. User interfaces are changing. The opportunity to train learners in a more than real situation, without the risk, can make a big impact on how new skills are learned. But as the technology itself is still being developed, we are still waiting to see how it will change how work is done in the near future.

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