Shell has announced that its Digital Realities team will work with EON Reality to adopt mainstream Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) solutions across the global business. This led to extensive testing of Virtual Trainer (VT), part of the EON Reality connected learning AVR platform.

The AVR Platform provides Shell a central delivery platform, allowing knowledge transfer through experiential training in VR and will support multiple applications across Shell. The EON Reality VT solution has been designed to meet the growing demand for VR systems to be ‘connected’ and become an everyday component of an enterprise IT landscape. As a SaaS offering, the AVR Platform and its constituent products allow enterprises to quickly scale their VR or AR knowledge transfer capabilities without the need for additional infrastructure or development to capture performance data.

“Shell is on a digital transformation journey. AR/VR is a key linking technology in that (it) helps us visualise data and environments and make them tangible for our operational staff,” said Michael Kaldenbach, who leads the deployment of Digital Realities at Shell. “Liquid intelligence is what the next generation excels at, we want to use their skillsets at Shell, so we have designed a learning portfolio that fits their way of learning, not vice versa,” said Kaldenbach.

Immersive training in VR can be made available on demand, via Virtual Trainer lessons, and can negate the costs of production or operational shutdown for training and offer global, preparatory training for high risk, HSSE emergencies.

“Shell are not alone in the desire to match learning strategy with multiple VR and AR training applications that is scalable. As VR and AR goes mainstream in enterprise companies like Shell; the connected platform solution is needed to move beyond silos of departmental activity and support systematic delivery of targeted applications, which have been selected to tackle real business issues,” said Eamonn Watson, Business Development director at EON Reality’s EU HQ in Manchester, UK.