Oct 08, 2018People & Industry

Natural Gas Companies Taking the Lead in VR Technology

Virtual Reality (VR), once a technological daydream, is now a reality and its applications are increasingly useful outside of just gaming.

Natural gas companies are leading the way, using the technology to simulate training environments for health and safety, engineering tests and everything in between. This means that projects can run more efficiently and workers can operate more safely, whether they’re on an offshore rig or a wind turbine farm.

Australian tech companies, like Sentient in Perth and SeePilot in Sydney, are already contracting to gas companies to create virtual reality settings of project sites which can be operated individually or in collaboration with others, making for a realistic environment in which to learn.

But the technology doesn’t stop there. Wearable tech is a growing area of application too, helping workers monitor their vital signs or keeping track of everyone in cases of emergency. BP has already started rolling out wearable technology and is using ‘smart glasses’, which allows experts who may be thousands of kilometers away to guide frontline workers.

This is exciting for people interested in working in world-changing technology, as many companies have already started looking for the next generation of technology superstars.

For more information and stories on technology in the natural gas industry, stay tuned to the Brighter website and our social media.


image courtesy of Sentient Computing

The natural gas industry directly employs thousands of Australians and continues to create jobs in local communities across the country. Not only that, industry jobs are well-paid. The average wage for workers is over $160,000 a year (Australian Bureau of Statistics), which makes it Australia’s highest paying industry. That’s great for those with jobs related to natural gas, but it also helps keep local communities running too.