3D Interactive Tech Talk – UPS, Petroleum Engineering deploy VR training

Welcome to our recurring post, 3D Interactive Tech Talk, highlighting how interactive technology is being used right now and where it’s headed.

UPS adds VR to driver training to simulate road conditions, hazards

United Parcel Service (UPS) will train student delivery drivers with virtual reality headsets to simulate city driving conditions. UPS’ technology team chose to create training modules using HTC Vive and other headsets. Students have to verbally identify road hazards in a 360-degree display.VR training will be available to package delivery drivers, but UPS said it plans to expand use cases to tractor trailer workers.


Dept. of Petroleum Engineering & Institute for Energy using virtual reality/simulation for realistic training

VR Lab PCM5464 Web 15087859669513 300x300 NoupThe practice of drilling wells on paper before drilling them in real time is giving way to using virtual reality and simulation technology to provide better training and more realistic results. Petroleum engineering students at the University of North Dakota School of Engineering and Mines in Grand Forks now are being trained on these new technologies, replicating a detailed drill-floor environment to provide a real-life experience for students, researchers and professionals. The simulator allows an instructor team to set up drilling and well control scenarios based on events experienced in the field.

“This is a fantastic tool to support different parts of the curriculum—to take the students into a more immersive world. It’s very easy to discuss things on paper, but to visually go through the operation and see the consequences of actions, it gives students the experience to work on what they will potentially be using when they’re employed. It’s very powerful.”


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