Virtual Reality: The Next Evolution in Operator Training



Jonathan McCurdy, President of GlobalSim


As a long-time player in the simulation industry, we at GlobalSim have evaluated numerous VR technologies over the years. We never felt the technology was ready to provide effective simulation training at a cost that could be accepted in the Port and Maritime industry. Over the last year, we finally saw advances in the technology that changed everything. We felt like the technology finally came to the point where we could create cost effective, high fidelity VR training systems.


Virtual Reality has been around for years, but it hasn’t been broadly utilized in simulation training for many reasons. The cost was astronomical, the headsets were too heavy, the image quality was poor, and the video update rates were slow. Not to mention the motion sickness for the user. Today everything has changed. We have entered a new era of immersive head mounted display technology. High-end graphics cards and the continued miniaturization of electronics and displays have made this revolution possible. The New VR systems are cost effective, relatively light, and the image quality and speed are phenomenal. This technology will continue to influence simulations based training for many years.

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