VR User’s Committee and VR Training Webinar Series

GTI recently established a VR User’s Committee and kicked off a new VR Training Webinar series to share insights and advance new cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) training technology within the energy industry.

The VR User’s Committee is comprised of people currently using the GTI/PixoVR training modules, organizations that are considering evaluating VR training, the PixoVR development team, and technology integration support staff from GTI. It will provide a channel for participants to learn directly from the experts about the latest technology and collaborate with colleagues at other utilities to share experiences and learn from one another.

The first session took place on April 9 with additional sessions scheduled for every two weeks focusing on the topics below. In the first session GTI laid out the roles and responsibilities of the Users’ Committee and discussed importance of new training technology to help bridge the knowledge gap of new employees entering the workforce. GTI also provided a high level overview of what has been accomplished to date and what is on the horizon for users of VR training technology.

Participants learned as a group how to be successful with evaluation and integration of new training technology. View a description and the presentations from each session below.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the VR User’s Committee please contact Ray Deatherage, GTI Senior Program Manager, Energy Delivery, rdeatherage@gti.energy or 224.343.6427.  Ray can answer questions related to the webinar sessions or general VR training technology.

VR Training Webinar Series

Session #1: Introduction of VR User’s Committee

This session will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Users Committee and the importance for advancing this new training technology to help bridge the knowledge gap of new employees entering the workforce. Also, this Users Committee will allow participants to share experiences and learn as a group on how to be successful with the evaluation and integration of this new training technology. Lastly, GTI will provide a high level overview on what has been accomplished to-date and what is on the horizon for users of VR training technology.

Session #2: Benefits and Use Cases of VR Training

During this session, we will discuss the benefits and use cases of VR training within the energy industry and also review the successes of other industries using this new cutting-edge training technology. In addition, we will encourage those VR User Committee members to share their specific use cases and the benefits that they have identified for their organization. Lastly, a discussion on ROI for using this new training technology will be discussed.

In addition, this session will also provide example Return on Investment (ROI) considerations when evaluating this new training technology.

Session #3: Hardware Equipment and Software Requirements

During this session, we will review the hardware equipment and software requirements to support VR training. This review will include the evaluations conducted by GTI on the different types of hardware equipment tested. In addition, PixoVR will share a high level overview on the future of VR hardware equipment and software requirements to support VR training. Lastly, an overview of internet requirements will be discussed.

Session #4: Control Center Overview

During this session, we will review the most critical element, the Control Center, for managing VR training content. The Control Center manages delivery of training content, the ability to create new training profiles and assigning training content to trainees, the customization of scoring for each specific organization, and collects the data from completed training sessions. A new Control Center platform is in the process of being developed to help improve the flexibility of customizing training objectives between different organizations with differing procedures, PixoVR will share a preview of this new Control Center with webinar participants. When evaluating VR training content, this is the most critical element required in order to manage a successful VR training program.

Session #5: Scoring Manager Overview

During this session, we will review a critical element, the Scoring Manager, for creating and managing VR training content. The Scoring Manager allows VR content users to turn on and off scoring elements that are built into each training module. Essentially, this allows each organization to customize training module learning objectives and scoring according to each organization’s procedures. There are two phases when the Scoring Manager tool comes into play, the initial module development and the initial module set-up by content users. Having this Scoring Manager tool reduces customization expenses by content users after the training module is developed and deployed. For this reason, it is important that VR training content users participate in the initial development of training modules and provide regular feedback for updating the Scoring Manager tool. PixoVR will review the features of the Scoring Manager tool and address any questions for webinar participants.

Session #6: Training Module Development and Maintenance Process

During this session the training module development and maintenance process will be reviewed with participants. This review will allow potential users of VR training to better understand the level of effort required to develop a usable training module. Examples from previous and current VR training module development projects will be shared with participants.

Session #7: Current and Future VR Training Module Overview

During this session, current VR training library offerings will be reviewed. Currently there are seven modules available to the industry; Emergency Response Situations, Inside Meter Inspection, Appliance Inspection, Inside Leak Investigation, Outside Leak Investigation, Facility Locating and Marking, and Pipeline Patrolling. This review will include an overview of the learning objectives for each of the modules and a demonstration of each module. Lastly, the modules in development and future modules to-be developed will be shared.

Session #8: GTI VR Integration Support Services

During this session, participants will learn about the different VR training integration support services available for evaluating this new training technology within their organization. These discussions will include business case support, budgeting considerations, hardware equipment procurement, equipment set-up and testing, module development services, train-the-trainer sessions for company personnel, pilot project assistance, etc.