With businesses and universities facing massive challenges from restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, HYDAC Australia is pioneering unprecedented use of Virtual Reality to enable real-time training activities to continue in unique and enhanced 3D environment.
During pandemic times, social distancing and lockdown restrictions, we are all, in some ways, trying to find a good way to communicate, educate ourselves and work remotely. Online video conversation tools like Zoom and Skype has, as expected, a huge increase in usage in the past few months, worldwide.
But, video conferencing programs are not the only tools that can be use during this tough time as a mean of remote communication, some other emerging technologies like Virtual and Augmented Reality can bring us together in a whole new level, while still respecting social distancing.
HYDAC Australia, a leader in fluid power technology, has partnered with Deakin Motion Lab to create a stunning Virtual Training environment that overcomes geographic barriers and corona virus social distancing requirements.
The Virtual Reality Training technology brings together students and trainers from across the country, all interacting in real-time in the same virtual space.
The cutting edge technology allows for the first time, the unique possibility for students and trainers, all to be in different locations, and virtually come together in a bespoke virtual training space. It allows direct interaction with the equipment, real time instruction, feedback, verification of skills, and more.
The topics in the VR training are related to hydraulics, electro-hydraulics, hydro-pneumatic accumulators and thermal optimisation; but the main focus is on workplace safety. Students have their training experience in a total 3D environment; the training uniquely allows and simulates hazardous events that would be impossible to demonstrate safely in real life.
They can also perform tasks as they would normally do if they were on the real machine, such as change a hydraulic filter and check the pressure of a hydro-pneumatic accumulator.
When performing these tasks, they have a full assistance of a professional qualified technical trainer. Students also have several resources available that they can access virtually, like videos, technical information and some mechanical tools. The trainer can also simulate faults on the system as a topic of discussion among the students.
The unique possibility to educate, teach new skills and verify safe working practices for workers at home or located in different geographical locations, means training can continue and even be improved in this travel and distance restricted time .
By preparing workers for new equipment, up skilling and skills refreshing for fly in fly out workers, with the trainer located in one place, each student can access the training from basically anywhere; and they all meet together in the same virtual environment. Everyone (students and trainer) can hear and interact to each other in real time. The learning experience and retention of knowhow from this training greatly exceeds any standard training method and the “experience” is more exciting and memorable.
The same remote capabilities of the training are also welcomed in workplace meetings.
HYDAC Australia Managing Director, Mr. Mark Keen, said: “This is fantastic use of technology to enable businesses and educators to continue their training regimes safely though the current COVID-19 restrictions. But it is also the way of the future.”
While the technology currently enables complex practical education in engineering facilities, the HYDAC Virtual Training can be designed to create bespoke training experiences that can benefit a wide range of educational institutions, organisations and businesses.
For more information on HYDAC's Virtual Reality training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.