JBKnowledge CEO Weighs in on Technology Changes Coming to Petrochemical Jobsites
James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc., is a key contributor to the Petrochemical Workforce Development report titled, “Engaging Millennials in the Petrochemical Work Force: Pathways to the Future.” James discusses rapid advances in the technology industry that are bringing many different changes to petrochemical construction jobsites. Companies are adopting a wide variety of devices that have the ability to improve productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
James believes that, “Virtual reality headsets are changing the way builders interact with project plans,” he said. “Oculus Rift VR headsets, for example, combined with applications such as our SmartReality VR, allow users to put on a headset and essentially ‘leave’ the real world. The headsets are fully immersive and interactive if combined with a sensor like the Leap Motion controller, which is redefining the notion of a job site walk through. In fact, the actual job site is not even needed in early stage project review”.
Microsoft has also produced a new product called Hololens that will launch in 2016. Hololens is a device that displays data for the wearer to be able to feel completely immersed in the visualization. A 3D scanner is able to collect data and interact with the visualization, this allows the virtual world to be able to change as the user interacts with it in the real world.