How VR is changing the oil and gas industry in the Middle East

Virtual reality applications are gaining traction in a sector with big safety and training issues.

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While consumer uptake of virtual reality has been relatively slow, industrial and commercial applications of the technology are gaining ground, with oil and gas enterprises in the Middle East starting to deploy a variety of collaboration, safety and training systems.

The oil and gas sector is notorious for its complex and detailed health and safety requirements and the need for continuous up-to-date training to ensure compliance. Wide-scale deployment of VR technology has been seen across the value chain in the sector, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

Global companies like Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP were quick to adopt immersive technologies in the field and have invested in and developed VR and AR (augmented reality) solutions, and oil and gas leaders in the Middle East have followed suit.

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