PIXO VR releases immersive training modules for natural gas

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PIXO VR’s multi-user training modules feature randomised scenarios that expose trainees to millions of situational variables that test real-time decision making

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➨ The new suite of immersive training modules for the natural gas industry are available on the company’s enterprise platform
➨ They cover critical tasks within the natural gas industry, such as leak investigation, pipeline right-of-way patrollings and appliance inspection
➨ The training modules were developed in partnership with GTI and funded by local distribution companies and Operations Technology Development

The story

US-based VR training developer PIXO VR has released a new suite of modules for workers in natural gas, after making a big impression in the automotive industry earlier this year.

The new suite of immersive training modules for the natural gas industry from PIXO VR, whose platform was used to develop simulations for the Ford technician training programme in February, are available on the State of Michigan-headquartered company’s enterprise platform.

The new training modules cover critical tasks within the natural gas industry, such as leak investigation, pipeline right-of-way patrollings and appliance inspection. PIXO VR has also enhanced its natural gas leak emergency response module, which was released late last year.

PIXO VR’s multi-user training modules feature randomised scenarios that expose trainees to millions of situational variables that test real-time decision making. They can be conducted without a headset, using a desktop computer-based version on an entirely remote basis.

They were developed in partnership with GTI, an State of Illinois-based energy research, development and training organisation, and were funded by local distribution companies and Operations Technology Development (OTD), a consortium whose membership provides natural gas service for tens of millions of customers in North America.

Ray Deatherage, GTI senior program manager for energy delivery who worked as a subject matter expert on the new modules, said the randomised scenarios keep both new technicians and more seasoned employees alert.

He explained: “Even veteran employees have to stay focused. And, of course, that’s the point—you perform how you practice. Training like this improves learning retention, enhances safety for employees, the public, and the delivery system, and leads to safer work practices and improved operational efficiencies.”

“Our platform makes VR implementation simple. We give enterprise the ability to smartly manage and scale training content across numerous endpoints, users and devices.”

Sean Hurwitz, PIXO VR

Sean Hurwitz, chief executive officer at PIXO VR, which he founded in 2015, said the new VR modules add to a growing library of training available on his company’s XR software distribution platform.

Hurwitz said: “Our platform makes VR implementation simple. We give enterprise the ability to smartly manage and scale training content across numerous endpoints, users and devices.”

Image: The new training modules from PIXO VR cover critical tasks within the natural gas industry, such as leak investigation
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