Yes, it may seem like any form of extended reality (XR) is something out of a sci-fi novel or Tom Cruise film but it is truly something that can become part of a daily routine for many processes in the oil and gas industry. Augmented reality (AR) is the addition of technology to our existing lives, compared to virtual reality (VR) which constructs a new, virtual reality in place of our own. In this blog, we’ll cover the place that AR can carve in the O&G industry, notably, how it helps worker productivity.
The Inclusion of Extended Reality
There are many aspects of the industry that can benefit with the addition of XR technologies. From virtual environments to show to investors and for training new recruits in a safe environment, to visualising data using mixed reality, there are use cases in almost every area. A digitally connected workforce can completely change their productivity, efficiency and problem solving independence. Being able to have a workforce which takes charge in its work gives a sense of autonomy, and in turn better quality work.
If you have a workforce on rigs or in extreme environments, being able to access field support from a team who are remote drastically improves productivity. Outsourcing diagnostics and maintenance teams is no longer an issue, as it saves money in stoppage time and for paying for an on-site specialist whether you’re working from an offshore rig or an onshore rig. Remote inspection drastically reduces transport, evaluation and subsistence costs. Since they’re able to advise from your headquarters.
Health & Safety Training
In what is still a labour-intensive industry, health & safety training is paramount. No longer does there need to be high-risk training sessions on the offshore rig, or less helpful Powerpoint seminars about working and height. With the introduction of AR into your training series, it has been proven to have much more impact than classroom learning. It has been found by some that AR can boost worker productivity 50% or more. With the addition of mixed reality training, information retention can be up to 80%. This saves on re-training costs and is less likely to result in costly mistakes on the first day.It also helps prepare new recruits on things such as the oil well drilling process which are highly specialised and take a long time to teach.
Safety information can be vastly improved, and made much more accessible with the help of AR. With the help of smart glass or tablets and phones, rigs can be mapped and important information can be geotagged. This can include warnings for exposure, noise, or heat, meaning they’re much more available for employees to see and take heed of. As a big UK oil company, safety is paramount. For auditors and foremen, there’s the opportunity to pull up checklists and inspection history. This means that the auditors job is a lot easier, and a lot quicker. Another benefit would be the logging of incidents and investigations, that way, if there is a hotspot for incidents or complaints, they can be flagged quickly.
By adding the data, graphical information and key performance indicators onto existing environments, engineers, analysts and foremen can see their most important information without having to search for it. Being able to pull it up on their phone or tablet is a step in the right direction, but by using something like smart glass cuts out the middleman. Additionally, it has been found that those who work in warehouse and logistics have increased efficiency by 15% in operations and avoiding making mistakes. Generally, being able to visualise extra information on top of the existing environment frees up workers to be able to produce more high-quality work.
Insurance and Crisis Management
A significant use case is for calling assessors using remote viewing so that crises can be assessed, maintained, and dealt with quickly and efficiently. Not only does this help practically in terms of lost productivity and efficiency, but also allows any PR disasters to be avoided in the case of spills and slips.
In general, the future of oil and gas is in technology. We at Tristone Holdings value and embrace every move towards the future where we work together and collaborate to move the whole industry forward. By actively working together to embrace new technologies by way of extended reality, we progress and better ourselves day by day. For the future of the industry, and future generations.
If the future of extended reality has sparked some interest in you, contact TriStone Holdings today on 0800 055 7079 or by emailing us at [email protected] and we can talk about what we do.