In partnership with Taiwan’s HTC and immersive software developer Modum Lab,Gazpromneft-Lubricants, operator of the Gazprom Neft lubricants business, is launching a pilot project to develop digital education programmes offering a fully immersive virtual experience. The programme is expected to train around 12,000 specialists at partnering companies and Gazpromneft-Lubricants product distributors in its first year of operation, with the company investing more than RUB20 million in the project.
This joint project will involve the development and introduction of 3D education programmes, allowing full immersion in the learning environment, and maximum engagement in the educational process. Accurate digital models of the company’s production facilities will be developed to ensure fully effective distance learning and the development of competencies and skills among employees of partnering companies and distributors.
Using virtual reality (VR) technologies, employees will be able to work out operational algorithms in standard circumstances and situations, such as in serving client at G-Energy Service stations or in providing consultation services and technical support.
The programme will be delivered through Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ own education centre, the G-Energy Academy, which provides training for the company’s own-brand-lubricants sales specialists.
Alexander Trukhan, CEO, Gazpromneft-Lubricants, commented: “Our business success depends on the synergies involved in producing high-quality goods and providing cutting-edge service programmes for customers and consumers. Having established high-quality production facilities, we can now set about systematically improving the skills and competencies offered through our distribution network — to which end, we are developing educational initiatives. It is very important to us that our partners — anywhere in the world — have access to the G-Energy Academy knowledge base. Virtual reality means we can significantly reduce training times and costs, while exponentially improving efficiency.”
Dmitry Morozov, co-founder, Modum Lab, commented: “The greatest chance of long-term development and financial longevity lies with those companies striving to create and offer innovative, effective and globally competitive products. Companies like these need non-traditional solutions — such as immersive technologies — to help them model various stages in production processes and, on that basis, improve services for end-consumers, at the highest possible level. Business today depends on the latest technologies, not just in terms of immediate product development, but in improving other business processes, facilitating those economies in material resources and time that are essential for the timely development of new products and their launch on the market.”
?ndrey Kormiltsev, President, HTC Russia, CIS, Baltics and Israel, commented: “HTC VIVE takes a highly active role in creating and developing VR ecosystems, offering the market VR technologies together with our rich and extensive experience in using these to optimise and modernise production and business processes. The HTC VIVE Pro virtual reality system was specially developed for the most demanding users and is designed to lead to a rethinking of how VR is used for commercial purposes.
The standalone HTC VIVE Focus VR helmet, with embedded VR movement capability and six degrees of freedom (6DoF), offers flexibility and easy usage in major projects involving, for example, training staff or running demonstrations. We bring together venture capital investors and leading players in VR, as well as offering support to young innovative companies. Being involved in a collaborative project in digital learning is a major step forward in ensuring the long-term and sustainable growth of the VR industry.”