Virtual Reality for immersive learning in workplace hazard prevention


What We Do: 
Virtual Reality

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1 Client: 


2 Situation: 

SUEZ is a leading environmental water and waste management company that has a strong ethos in providing its employee’s with the highest quality training.  The Water Treatment division of SUEZ was interested in the use of a virtual reality training simulation for its maintenance staff. The impetus for the vr in training scenarios is driven by recent research that indicates that vr technologies can improve the speed of acquisition and retention of new skills by up to 70%. Furthermore, the company felt that using innovative technology could also enhance their employee’s motivation to the training and onboarding process.

3 Solution: 

Virtualware developed a VR training tool for Occupational Risk Prevention (ORP). This ORP application used the latest in virtual reality technology based on the HTC Vive. The simulator modelled and guided the trainee through the process of water tower maintenance.

The simulator included gamification elements and a series of challenges that varied each training session to create a thorough test protocol. The environment and process was designed to mimic real world scenarios; voice recognition was used to trigger interactions with the support team not present and the tool kit used by the maintenance staff was meticulously modelled.  The application provided an assessment module which recorded the users correct or in-correct actions and produced an in-depth report which was used to assess the trainee’s readiness for duty.

4 Results: 

The school of water has a digital product that will use in different national and international locations.  This immersive training tool, will be included in different professional training routes, and in safety and health training.
The Water Treatment Division has a digital tool that can be used across the world at it’s training sites. The immersive training tool will be integrated as a core part of the training process for current and future trainee’s.
The key benefits of using virtual reality in training protocols are:

  • Improves the understanding and the acquisition of complex procedures
  • Saves resources and staff time
  • Enhances motivation and attention to training programmes