The utility industry faces unique challenges in terms of training employees to adhere to strict safety standards and protocols. Providing hands-on training experiences can be costly, time-consuming, and, most importantly, hazardous. However, virtual reality (VR) has emerged as an effective solution for delivering immersive training experiences in a safe and controlled environment.
Mosaic created a VR training solution for lineworkers, providing them with a virtual work site for practicing transformer swaps. The immersive environment enables trainees to go up in a bucket lift and assess rubber hoses on the primary lines, identify metal objects and obstructions that prevent safe identification of a downed wire, and perform a glove stress test to ensure that personal protective equipment is ready for live wire work.
One of the key advantages of VR training is its flexibility and customization. The virtual experience can be tailored to each employee’s needs, with a range of scenarios and environments available for group facilitation or self-guided practice. The VR system can also be modified to reflect a variety of different factors, such as weather conditions, the presence of animals or customers, or the location of hazards and objects.
Data analysis is a crucial component of Mosaic’s VR training solutions, enabling companies to collect feedback from individual users and identify areas that require reinforcement. This analysis enables the fine-tuning of each training experience and ensures that employees are prepared for any eventuality they may encounter in the field.