Newly-released TrainBeyond leverages flexible gaming software, next-gen hardware, and the methodology of experiential learning to create Virtual Reality safety training solutions. Its pilot version was designed for the Oil & Gas industry’s high-risk rig sites (and has expanded to custom development for any industry), where each lesson generates 3D images of machinery, environments, and people. Trainees are invited to interact with simulations in order to complete different modules, reading or listening to instructions as they live each virtual experience. Students can quickly learn how to evacuate buildings, master equipment handling, and encounter time-sensitive emergencies via virtual simulations of original sites. By doing so, they elevate learning engagement, accelerate response times, and improve procedure accuracy.
Today, Virtual Reality safety training solutions like TrainBeyond are absolutely necessary in particular scenarios. We all know that learning is doing; but when on-the-job training simply isn’t viable, VR enables professionals to experience unique career situations. Aviation industries, for example, require their trainee pilots to undergo virtual training in order to learn how to respond to exceptional circumstances, where ‘real-life’ practice simply isn’t available. Similarly, medical industries require rigorous training before students enter real life-or-death situations in ER and surgery― types of operations that cannot be practiced in a controlled, real-life environment. Virtual Reality training allows these employees to understand critical procedures with highly realistic simulations, which is as close to the real thing as you can get for these unique circumstances.
VR Safety Training Solutions that Save Lives
Safety training is a subject that’s never been taken lightly. While most businesses understand the importance of safety in the workplace― to protect company liability as much as employee wellbeing― studies have shown that more than half of workplace accidents are due to human error. In 2019 alone, 5,333 workers suffered fatal injuries on the job.
Perhaps the most worrying fact is that these fatalities and accidents could have been avoided with more robust employee training schemes. Until now, companies have heavily relied on programs where their employees passively watch safety procedures or read instructions on paper. But 2D information often has multiple interpretations and little practical application, due to a lack of detail and experience. Years down the line, when brought face-to-face with a real-life emergency, employees easily forget the theory that they’ve read or watched. Now, thanks to advancements in Virtual Reality, employees are empowered with pragmatic, hands-on education to face hazards head-on with intuitive, motor-learned skills.
Virtual Reality Training in the Workplace
VR has traditionally been associated with recreational gaming and entertainment avenues; but today, businesses are quick to pick up on its potential to save costs and reduce workplace accidents. This experiential learning, or ‘learning by doing,’ is recognized as a far more powerful and effective way of training, compared to its traditional counterparts. Seeing, hearing, and feeling real-time virtual scenarios fuels cognitive learning four times faster than in a classroom― teaching cognitive reflex and corporal muscle memory when faced with an emergency scenario that’s already been “lived.”
One of the most common pain points of training, regardless of the method, is measurability. How can managers evaluate employees’ learning retention? TrainBeyond Virtual Reality training solution empowers companies to assess employee progress through practice modules and examinations― all in real-time. This, in turn, allows administrators to determine the need for student improvement, as well as valuable comparison metrics against training objectives.
Custom Virtual Reality Safety Training Environments
Versatility in training modules is indispensable for different site environments and levels of experience. Businesses need to not only access an environment to exactly replicate the site, but also find a way to tweak curriculum for respective stages of training. Senior personnel on an oilfield site will need to know how to execute emergency evacuations, and newly-qualifying personnel will need to grasp how to safely operate day-to-day equipment. Other workers will simply need a refresher course with a virtual tour. TrainBeyond allows you to customize how many times you would like your trainees to practice each exercise before moving on to the next one.. Moreover, each module can be tailored for multiple scenarios within mining, aviation, construction, oil and gas, logistics, and medicine.
And so, with the power to assimilate any environment with custom Virtual Reality safety training modules, companies in any industry are offered a vigorous, infallible, and cost-saving strategy to avoid injuries and fatalities at the workplace. TrainBeyond seals the gap between the hypothetical experience of a tutorial and the concrete experience of handling and navigating real objects. Employees can train ‘on-site,’ but the environment’s virtual equipment cannot be damaged, and neither the trainee nor the human simulation is in danger. Meanwhile, workers learn from real-time consequences and quickly readjust, while also and at once enhancing their own service deliverability and productivity.
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