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MacGregor opens VR training facility

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Cargotec subsidiary MacGregor has recently opened a training academy for customers, specialising in advanced simulation training. The facility, in Arendal, Norway, includes a purpose-built virtual reality (VR) showroom.

According to the company, the academy provides a risk-free environment where the users learn how to make real-time, complex manoeuvres more safely and efficiently.

“VR technology has improved dramatically in recent years,” said Geir Roland, Director of Advanced Offshore Solutions, Global Lifecycle Support at MacGregor. “We can pass these advances on to our customers at our new facility and through portable training programmes.”

The VR showroom is divided into two zones. One includes an authentic operating chair for offshore crane simulations. A second zone allows participants can walk around the simulated ship to familiarize themselves with the safe operation of the equipment.

VR training is particularly good for customers who have MacGregor equipment on board their vessels. "Customers can offer their crew fully-immersive training programmes, which are so much better than previous offerings," said Jan Finckenhagen, Training Manager, Advanced Offshore Solutions.

"When you wear VR headsets linked to a computer running MacGregor's VR software, it is just like being on a vessel or offshore installation. As you move around and turn your head, you see exactly the same things that you would see if you were on board. It is a very convincing experience," continued Finckenhagen.

"You can also explore restricted, dangerous areas that you would not normally be allowed to enter. This provides otherwise unobtainable perspectives on specific operations, which can prove very useful in the real world."

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