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Amber Lineback, director of natural gas learning and readiness at Duke Energy, on the benefits of VR training in a sector facing significant changes

Quick read

➨ Duke Energy launched a VR training solution earlier this year
➨ The ongoing emphasis on the environment and green energy mean the sector needs ‘to be at the forefront of the innovation curve’
➨ To read the full article, pick up the latest issue of VRWorldTech Magazine

The story

It is still very early in the adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) tools to serve large enterprise use cases, but the energy sector will need to be at the forefront of the innovation curve, explains Amber Lineback of Duke Energy in the latest issue of VRWorldTech Magazine.

Duke Energy, a Fortune 150 company and one of the largest electric power holding companies in the US, launched a VR training solution earlier this year.

Developed in-house by its XR Lab for the wider energy sector, Virtual Crew has yielded impressive results internally, including savings of approximately three hours in training time per technician per course through the use of VR.

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An employee of Piedmont Natural Gas, a Duke Energy subsidiary, undergoes training through VR

Duke Energy invested in immersive technology early on, identifying its potential to transform training and skills acquisition and development, in the face of emerging and ongoing trends.

Talking exclusively to VRWorldTech Magazine, Lineback, director of natural gas learning and readiness at Duke Energy, says: “With the ongoing emphasis on the environment and green energy, our industry will need to be at the forefront of the innovation curve.”

“Training through VR is a great way to drive change in the culture of our organisations while simultaneously building skill sets, enhancing safety and reducing cost.”

Lineback goes on to encourage “anyone who is working to transform their training or their companies to consider the advantages of VR.”

“As digital transformation becomes even more of a business imperative, VR is a tool that can differentiate the leaders in an industry from others. I think about it like smartphones and video streaming; what were once leading-edge technologies are now the new norm. VR is the next wave.”

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Images: Duke Energy

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