How VR is ed­u­cat­ing land­hold­ers

The Western Star - - News -

QUEENS­LAND’S GasFields Com­mis­sion has moved in to the world of vir­tual re­al­ity, de­vel­op­ing a new VR coal seam gas well ex­pe­ri­ence for land­hold­ers and those in­ter­ested in the in­dus­try.

The pro­gram en­cour­ages peo­ple to in­ter­act with the gas well, tele­port to key pieces of in­fras­truc­ture, pick them up and in­spect them in de­tail and travel un­der­ground to in­ves­ti­gate how the well op­er­ates be­low the sur­face.

It was de­signed to fill in­for­ma­tion gaps, picked up by Com­mis­sion staff at re­gional work­shops, who found that of­ten peo­ple seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about the gas in­dus­try had never seen a gas well up close.

The VR ex­pe­ri­ence has been de­signed to both ed­u­cate peo­ple about how the gas well works and al­low them get up close to the struc­ture.

“One of the re­ally cool parts of vir­tual re­al­ity is that it can also be pro­jected up onto a wall or large screen so that the rest of the group can see what the user is do­ing in­side the vir­tual world,” GasFields Com­mis­sion com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Mur­ray Cor­nish said.

“If you’ve never tried vir­tual re­al­ity be­fore, try to imag­ine an im­mer­sive video game that you can in­ter­act with.

“We think it’s an ex­cit­ing way to make use of emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy to al­low peo­ple to ex­plore a pad­dock with a gas well in it on their own terms.”

Once some­one en­ters the VR ex­pe­ri­ence, they are trans­ported to a pad­dock com­plete with gas well, trees, a trac­tor, a four-wheel drive, and cat­tle – one of the cows even en­joys a scratch be­hind the ears.

The tech­nol­ogy is in the early stages of be­ing rolled out at ru­ral in­dus­try events, in­clud­ing the Young Beef Pro­duc­ers Fo­rum in Roma and the South Queens­land En­ergy and Re­sources Expo.

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

NEW LOOK: Vir­tual re­al­ity is be­ing tri­alled by the GasFields Com­mis­sion at a va­ri­ety of ru­ral in­dus­try events.

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