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Hess Virtual Reality Lab
Qbit Technologies, a Palo Alto startup specialized in Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions for enterprises, is designing and developing, with the University of North Dakota, one of the first online virtual reality training solutions for the oil sector. Once completed UND and its Collaborative Energy Complex will become one of the leading and most innovative facilities in the area of advanced petroleum engineering training.
UND’s VR Lab will allow students to learn by doing and practice thanks to new technologies and 3D virtual simulations, starting from a drilling scenario.
The lab will have a specific layout to host a collaborative “VR cave” where 3 people will be connected to the simulation and work in the same virtual and physical space, and 4 additional areas for individual experiences. Apart from the division of the physical space, each of the students in the laboratory will be able to connect to the same virtual reality experience and collaborate in real time with others.
Advanced virtual reality HMDs and PCs will let the students experience immersive and effective training activities as if they were real.
This new training asset will:
- accelerate knowledge transfer through learning by doing and practicing more efficiently what is learned in class by trainees;
- allow students to practice potential dangerous situations in a risk-free 3D environment;
- provide assessment and feedback on trainees, so as to measure results;