(Simulation from ExxonMobil.)
An Oculus VR headset — that’s a cool toy. It might even be on your Christmas list this year.
At ExxonMobil’s Digital Garage — Virtual Reality headsets are also pretty cool. But they’re cool tools, not toys.
And what is ExxonMobil doing with virtual reality? Prepping its workers to handle real reality.
Instead of learning their jobs by reading a manual, refinery workers learn their jobs by doing them, virtually. And because this “on-the-job” training is virtual, new operators can practice over and over and over again — on the exact procedures and problems they’ll run up against in the refinery — until they’ve got it down cold. Which is cool.
Cool also if you’re on the team working in the Digital Garage. Kyle Daughtry is one of them, an Immersive Technology Studios System Architect (don’t try saying that five times fast):
“This tech is always changing. Every day there is a new device, new headset…we’re in a growing industry, that is there to learn and help each other.”