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Augmented reality and wearables in Oil & Gas
Explore use cases and perspectives
The enterprise potential of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the oil & gas industry continue to grow as companies explore use cases and move beyond pilot applications. Increasingly, these efforts intersect with opportunities made possible by IoT technology—sensors and connected devices that help build a more integrated and extended digital and physical landscape. Yet amid this flurry of activity, many overlook the larger implications of AR's and VR's emergence within the Oil & Gas industry. Design patterns are evolving dramatically, with 2D screens giving way to tools that use sensors, gestures, voice, context, and digital content to help humans interact more naturally with the increasingly intelligent world around us.
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- Virtual/augmented reality training
- Worker-amplified intelligence
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Predictive safety sensing
Sensor-enabled wearable devices leverage oil & gas predictive analytics to help maintain employee safety
Predictive analytics in oil & gas are leveraged through an array of wearable devices, which can assist employees in determining and predicting their safety. Vests monitor heart rate, blood pressure, air quality, geolocation, weather conditions, and other safety precaution metrics. Goggles measure eye movement for evidence of fatigue, disorientation, and other signs of visual impairment. Two-way communication provides real-time information, task support, and contextual information (e.g., team location) to relevant personnel, who can halt work as needed to maintain employee safety. In addition, oil & gas safety analytics identify key drivers of workplace incidents to focus resources and planning where they will have the most impact.
Virtual/augmented reality training
Virtual training sessions in the oil & gas industry can enhance user experience and lower costs
Delivering virtual reality-based, on-demand training sessions that leverage in-person walk-throughs, computers, and other advances can improve knowledge retention and reduce traditional classroom training costs. Highly realistic oil & gas VR training for dangerous situations can test safety and compliance protocols and improve procedural execution in the event of an emergency safety incident.
Augmented reality overlays in the oil & gas industry can increase worker accuracy, efficiency, and safety
Augmented reality (AR) overlays (e.g., smart glass hardware, analytics, back-office tools) in the oil & gas industry can help improve worker safety and effectiveness by providing visual clues and indicators, process steps, and repair and operation instructions. For example, gesture-control armbands can initiate a video conference between an on-site worker and a remote expert, who can see what the worker sees, talk them through a set of tasks, and provide annotated instructions on the worker's augmented display. With a head nod or tilt, the worker can maintain a digital log or "checklist" of completed activities and create new notations via voice as the repair is being made. Best practices are stored, maintained, and implemented globally.