Designing Digitally, Inc.’s existing gas and energy client was interested in having a 3D training simulation that would teach new employees how to do the monthly maintenance checks to the equipment in their territory. In the past the client would fund the travel of all field representatives to provide annual training on how to maintain, repair, and update the gas regulation stations located throughout the United States. The client was in need of a hands-on training experience that would teach the new employees how to properly conduct their jobs. This client approached Designing Digitally, Inc. with this need for both the web and for Android devices used by the field representatives.
After a detailed analysis of the technical specifications, needs, learning objectives, and content material provided for the development it was concluded that a single player 3D training simulation with a virtual trainer that would teach the new employees what to do to keep the gas regulators working correctly. The user must complete all maintenance steps through each one of the five chapters for maintaining Gas Regulator Stations. Each employee’s time and score is tracked in the learning management system. The simulations were built using Unity 3D, exported to Adobe Flash and then imported into the clients LMS via SCORM. The simulation was then modified to work on the Android OS, for both smartphones, and for tablets used out in the field by employees.
The “non-disclosed” client has seen an improvement in both safety and new employee orientation for field operators. After the deployment of this 3D training simulation the client has also seen a reduction in safety violations. Another positive outcome for the client is that the expense of bringing the employees in-house for classroom training has decreased.
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