Posted on July 5, 2018
Immersive Factory, in partnership with world-leading VR platform maker HTC Vive™, has been selected by Air Liquide, the global leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health, to develop virtual-reality-based safety training courses. With strong growth in recent years, particularly at its Sassenage site near Grenoble, Air Liquide's Global Markets and Technologies entity has chosen to rely on new technologies, and in particular on virtual reality, to raise long-term awareness of safety issues among its new arrivals, experienced employees and subcontractors.
According to Dale's Cone of Experience, people taking training courses remember 90% of what they do (and only 20% of what they hear). That is why Immersive Factory has pioneered an innovative range of VR-based EHS courses that engages all trainees directly with the learning process – a key lever for memorization.
"We created Immersive Factory with the aim of transforming how industrial organizations train their teams on such strategic issues as health, safety and the environment. “Experience is the best teacher”, this phrase perfectly illustrates our vision of what teaching and learning are all about. After thinking long and hard about the project and how we could help industry move forward with EHS training, we were all determined to develop a cutting-edge tool capable of producing a long-term influence on behavior. We were dreaming of developing courses that would create a real impact and allow trainees to remember everything that they had been taught. Idealistic? Maybe… but this was the goal that guided the company’s launch.”, explains Bertrand Pierre, Co-Founder & Director of Immersive Factory
Immersive Factory designs and develops environmental, health & safety (EHS) exercises in virtual reality, building on the reliability and professional resolution of HTC Vive Pro hardware. “The VR headsets in the HTC Vive Pro range are comfortable and ergonomic, which is essential for our industrial customers”, adds Bertrand Pierre.
“In addition to our existing training program, based on classroom teaching and on-the-job mentoring, and our behavioral safety visits, bringing in Immersive Factory's expertise allows us to leverage the blend of ‘digital’ and ‘emotional’ in order to take action and raise the long-term awareness of every employee or subcontractor that works for Air Liquide.”, explains Benoît Hilbert, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, at the Sassenage site.
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