· Honeywell’s Immersive Field Simulator incorporates virtual reality to provide plant operators and field technicians with a detailed, accurate training environment
· Improves training times beyond traditional classroom-based learning and minimizes situations that can result in operational downtime
Many technology pundits have commented that Virtual Reality is a solution looking for a problem. I’ve long believed that, aside from gaming, VR is most useful to us as a training tool. I’ve drawn that idea from the many demos I have seen over the past few years. And it just keeps getting better. This week I had an opportunity to talk with Vincent Higgins, global director of technology and innovation for Honeywell, and receive a demo of the training capabilities Honeywell has developed so far using VR. The product is called Immersive Field Simulator.
After talking with Higgins, I remain convinced that we have only just begun to tap into the capabilities of VR for production and manufacturing.
Honeywell announced the introduction of an advanced industrial training solution that combines 3D immersive technology with industry-leading operator training simulation to create a collaborative learning environment for plant operators and field technicians. Honeywell’s Immersive Field Simulator is a virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality-based training tool that incorporates a digital twin of the physical plant to provide targeted, on-demand, skill-based training for workers.
“Faced with increasingly complex technology and an experienced workforce nearing retirement, operators need robust technical training and development solutions that accurately depict real-world environments,” said Pramesh Maheshwari, vice president and general manager, Lifecycle Solutions and Services, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Traditional training approaches often fail to meet the mark when it comes to helping panel and field operators and maintenance technicians in process plants become better at their jobs. The result can be reliability issues and increased operational incidents.”
The Immersive Field Simulator offers a smooth, virtual walkthrough to familiarize workers with the plant. It includes avatars that represent virtual team members. The simulator’s cloud-hosted, device-agnostic platform, which incorporates flexible 3D models, grows with the user as plant operations change. The simulator is customizable to meet specific instructional needs and project team members and plant subject matter experts can easily create customized training modules.
Honeywell’s Immersive Field Simulator transforms training for today’s digital-native workforce, enabling employees to learn by doing while increasing knowledge retention, minimizing situations that can result in operational downtime improving competencies across a variety of areas.
“With our end-to-end solution, console and field operators can practice different operating and safety scenarios, including rare but critical situations, in a safe, simulated environment,” said Maheshwari. “This approach significantly improves upon current training tools and methods. VR-based training boosts confidence and retention while improving overall professional skills. Experience shows that students using VR can learn significantly faster than in the classroom.”
Honeywell’s Competency Management program, which includes the simulator training, is built upon decades of workers’ experiences using integrated control and safety systems. Honeywell has incorporated this experience into state-of-the-art competency-based offerings that improve worker performance and safety.
To learn more about the Immersive Field Simulator, please visit Honeywell’s Competency Management program.