Health and safety professionals attending the WorkSafe roadshow experienced the risk management of welding fumes in virtual reality, provided by Company-X.
“It’s really good,” said Jackie Uy, PPL Plastic Solutions’ health, safety, environment and quality coordinator.
Uy donned a Meta Quest 2 headset to experience interactive VR risk identification at the Worksafe Carcinogens and Airborne Risks Roadshow in Hamilton.
“It’s very simple and effective,” she said. “It’s a really good training tool. It will definitely be a good training tool.”
Uy’s only previous VR experience was driving a virtual forklift.
X senior consultant Lance Bauerfeind said it was a unique creation.
“In the beginning, we didn’t really know what we wanted. We knew we wanted to experience VR, but we hadn’t come across it, so we didn’t really have anything to do.”
As the discussions progressed, the requirements became clearer and developer Sebastian Dusterwald was involved.
Company-X created a VR welding experience for the Meta Quest 2 headset using the Unity game engine.
“We wanted to include learnings about identifying risks and understanding that every situation has multiple high- and low-level controls. So we hope to use it for internal training and onboarding of our new inspectors who may not have much experience with welding fumes.”
“The biggest challenge was getting the interactions right,” Dusterwald said. “They allow users with no prior VR experience to act intuitively. Little things like turning buttons into objects in the VR world that the user could press with their hands, just like in the real world, made a big impact.”
There was also some challenge to make this complex environment work within the limitations of the Meta Quest2 headset. Careful consideration has been given to the design of the environment and the graphical features to be used to ensure a seamless experience for users.
Several ideas were scrapped to keep them on time and on budget, but the final solution provided WorkSafe with a short but comprehensive demonstration tool to engage health and safety people across the country.
Unity allowed Dusterwald to get early prototypes very quickly to iterate on. This is a key requirement for working with cutting-edge virtual reality technology, where the best way to do things is often undefined.
CAPTION: IMPRESSIVE: Jackie Uy tries out the WorkSafe VR welding experience at the WorkSafe roadshow in Hamilton.
Company-X offers cutting-edge software savvy delivered with an approach to work.
Founded in 2012 by software specialists David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes, Company-X immediately won contracts with New Zealand government agencies and an American multinational company.
The team has grown to over 50 software specialists from New Zealand, with only the best and brightest going through Company-X’s interview and assessment process.
The Company-X team prides itself on having experience in a wide range of technologies and languages and loves challenging problems.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Company-X was ranked on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ Asia Pacific, a list of the fastest growing technology companies in the Asia Pacific region.
Company-X has won many awards:
- Company-X won the ExportNZ Top Tech Companies of 2022 award.
- Company-X Wins Best Professional Services Innovation Award at Hamilton Central Business Association Central Business District Awards 2021
- Company-X software quality tester Jes Elliott has won the Reseller News Women in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) 2021 Rising Star Award.
- Independent Software Vendor Award at the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards for state-of-the-art software that converts text into human-like audio files at a fraction of the cost of booking a voice artist, recording studio and sound engineer.
- Independent Software Vendor Award at the 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards for a hands-free audit application developed for AsureQuality.
- Awarded Service Excellence and Global Operator at the 2018 Westpac Waikato Business Awards.
- Services Exporter of the Year category in the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2017.
- Awarded Homegrown Innovators Independent Software Reseller at Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017.
- The 2017 Road Infrastructure Management Forum’s Roading Asset Management Innovation Award for a single network road classification performance reporting tool developed for the New Zealand transport sector.
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