VR Training

Virtual Reality is ideally suited for training operators, maintenance personnel, emergency personnel and others. Training in VR has a much higher retention, is more effective and can be automated and used to analyse behavior.


VR Trainings can be used for:

Why use VR for Training?

Training is an integral part of every business. While it is so important, it often is challenging to have your personnel train in an effective way, and retain the information they were taught during the training. Current training techniques often focus on paper-based (Powerpoint) training, which in most cases only has limited effect.

Virtual Reality is the ideal technology to be used in training environments. People trained in Virtual Reality retain more and are more engaged than their counterparts training using legacy systems. Amongst other domains, VR can be used to train:

Emergency personnel: how to handle a specific emergency, drill procedures

Operators: train safety procedures such as Lock out Tag out (LOTO), perform routine tasks

Maintenance personnel: train to work on uncommon machines, newcomer trainers

New personnel: training of newcomers, showing them around in the facilities

First line personnel: bank or store managers can train themselves in handling clients

Operational Readiness Training: to ensure that all involved are best prepared for the most relevant situations.


At which stage VR can help?

Virtual Reality is a very peculiar technology. It will allow people to be virtually transported to another location and be totally immersed into that environment. For training, this immersion is very important and can be inspired by the Cone of Learning.

The Cone of Learning visually tells the story of how people remember things. If you just read something, you will only remember a fraction of the information after a few weeks (about 10%). If you actively do something (for example drill a hole in a wall), you will typically remember about 90% of this activity.

Virtual Reality is so powerful because it works on the bottom of the pyramid. Indeed, the immersion means that you are experiencing the activity and potentially even are interacting with elements in this environment.

As such, Virtual Reality is a great tool to be used in training personnel. You will be able to massively improve retention as well as engagement using these new technologies.

Why is Virtual Reality so effective?


New personnel typically has to go through a large amount of trainings. While it is not critical that they remember the complete avalanche of information, it’s better that they remember as much as possible. This will make them effective faster.

Virtual Reality for example can be used for:

Doing a Virtual Visit of the entire facility, showing and explaining the many aspects of it

Showing a Virtual Process Presentation, explaining the details of each step

Providing a marketing introduction of the company works and business

Explaining the most important safety procedures

Your new personnel will like to train in VR, as it is more engaging, entertaining and dynamic than typical Powerpoint-based e-learnings.

Base Training

Personnel that has to learn new skills typically have to either go through a number of Powerpoint based trainings, or learn the skills on the job. This can lead to lower effectiveness, mistakes and even safety concerns. Learning the basics in VR can already help reduce the “child-hood diseases”.

Some examples where VR can help here:

Showing a 360 video with footage of a specific maintenance task performed by experts

A VR environment where the different setups are explained and shown

A 3D breakdown of the process or machine detailing the different important aspects

A 360 video showing the procedure along with simple questions to gauge the trainee’s level


Once the trainee is introduced to the procedure, he typically works together with an experienced person to train his skills. Also here, it is possible to have VR assist.

Here some examples that spring to mind are:

The expert is only available in Houston, while the trainees are spread over the world. Remote VR can help here.

Works on highly critical machines can first be trained in VR before being executed in real-life

Procedural communications can be trained, recorded and commented on using VR

Training of Crane Operators can be done first in VR to make them used to the controls and then in real-life, reducing mistakes and increasing effectiency.

VR Crane Simulator - top view

Expert Assist

Sometimes, experts are found far and wide. Indeed, due to retirement, experts in specific fields are only available in certain locations of the world. Transporting these people incur high costs, and is not practical. Remote VR is a perfect solution for that.
Using Remote VR, the expert would place himself in a virtual environment (digital twin) where the activity will take place. The trainees from across the world will log into this system and see the expert work in VR. The expert can do all the manipulations and explain his actions to the trainees. The trainee can also assist the expert and as such learn on the spot. The whole environment can be recorded for later analysis.

Let’s list a few examples:

Expert in maintenance of a specific machine is only available in Singapore. He logs into Remote VR and can explain the procedures to trainees spread across the world.

A trainee logs into the VR platform and reviews a previous expert explanation on how to perform a specific task.


In training obtaining the knowledge is important, but it is even more important to retain the knowledge. Indeed, by performing a specific task over and over again, you can develop “bad habits”. This is especially true in the safety field, where accidents often happen to experienced personnel doing routine tasks.

Virtual Reality can help here too as it will allow to quickly and easily retrain personnel:

Working on Height, LOTO and use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) all are critical safety procedures that have to be followed all of the time. Retraining these activities and refreshing them regularly using VR is a great way to reduce TRIR and improve personnel safety.

In large facilities, it is important to perform regular (yearly) safety drills. Using Operational Readiness principles, VR can enhance these drills by providing believable scenarios and environments.

In Command, Control and Communication (C3) training situations, VR can improve the training by providing an additional information layer as well as enhance the training scenarios.

VR Lock out Tag out Safety Training Industry - Reactor and Valve Closeup
VR Training

Security Training

It is important to be prepared for all possible scenarios. Especially with emergency personnel, such as security companies, training of various different scenarios is crucial for safety during real emergency situations.
OneBonsai is able to build Virtual Reality trainings on de-escalation techniques, strategic decision making and shooting practices.
Read more about this case on our portfolio page.

Harbor Crane Simulator

At OneBonsai we developed a harbor crane simulation program in Virtual Reality to showcase the possibilities of using Virtual Reality to train crane operators.
Read more about this case study on our portfolio page.

Lock out Tag out Training

Lock out Tag out (LOTO) is one of the most important safety procedures in the industry. Using special locks, an operator will lock the on/off switch in OFF position before maintenance can happen.
We have created a VR training program which will train the operator to perform the correct LOTO procedure. Read more about this case study on our portfolio page.

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