Behind the Tech: Virtual Reality and the Future of Power

Behind the Tech: Virtual Reality and the Future of Power

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series.


Picture a digital environment made up of complex data sets and advanced algorithms. From virtual buildings to cars and even people, these computer-generated sequences do much more than provide users vivid backdrops to interact with. In fact, virtual reality (VR) is now being used by companies to perform a variety of tasks in effective and low-cost ways—from distance learning to employee training.


So what do Siemens USA and VR have in common? The answer is advanced training and predictive maintenance.


One example: Siemens researchers are paving the way for the future of training by developing computerized replicas of gas turbines used to generate electricity. These digital twins, which represent physical turbines, allow engineers to monitor procedures, solve maintenance issues before they happen, and train remotely.

Here’s a look behind the tech:

  • Hundreds of sensors found on the gas turbine take in data and assess operating status, combustion temperature and rotation speed.
  • Data is then stored on the computing cloud, which allows engineers to digitally recreate the physical interior and exterior of turbines to see changes in temperature and speed.
  • Researchers then put on VR goggles and enter into virtual operating rooms with real-time access to turbines anywhere on earth.

Why this matters


The knowledge of virtual reality through in-depth research allows Siemens to better understand how humans play a role in artificial intelligence during every stage of tech product development.


By testing products in a virtual environment before actual construction, companies save time and money while increasing product quality, flexibility, and efficiency. Because the spaces are virtual, trainees and operators can work from anywhere on earth. The possibilities are endless—VR has revolutionized and continues to revolutionize the state of product development and design. From gas and turbine maintenance to distance learning and training, the future of VR is here.


Published On: January 31st, 2019