Augmented Reality is a product of evolution. Since its first real use in the early 1990s, it was only a matter of time before Augmented Reality’s interactive experience disrupted traditional oil operational functions.

The results and projections that have so far been witnessed and heard are exciting, not just for the creators and the users, but because it represents a paradigm shift in the approach to problem-solving, especially in the oil and gas sector.

The prospects of Augmented Reality, remain nearly unlimited, especially when teamed with advanced computing.

AR, which is believed by industry experts, to be our 6th sense, does not only overlay sensory information but creates an experience that is seamless and perceived to be immersive. A lot of goodwill is done in the world as Augumented Reality (AR) continues to get better. And consequently, traditional oil operations are not spared in the disruption that is taking place.

Augmented Reality in its current state is disrupting several sectors, even as more research is done in the field, and more funding is released to explore the potential benefits. Oil companies continue to invest not out of obligation, but because they have to adapt to AR-driven innovation or ultimately die off.

AR product designer for Facebook, Campbell Orme stated in her words that she would “love to be able to have the smallest glimpse of how we might be interfacing with AR and VR that far ahead, even if to see how incredibly antiquated our rectangles and LEDs will have become.

The qualities of AR and VR as a channel that might help communities or whole countries address challenges could well be ubiquity, speed, language-agnosticism, and accuracy at reproducing – reliving – any given moment in time. A memory experienced with absolute certainty, by anyone on the connected planet.”

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality is a technology that involves using computerized virtual visual, audio & video inputs to augment or enhance real-world reality through individual device cameras. It makes whatever you apply it to more detailed.

As the name implies, it augments our reality. It renders our reality in a way that has it making more meaning to us than it used to. Augmented Reality makes our reality more useful, informational & interactive through enhancing real-world elements around us through computer-generated technology.

Augmented Reality works through computer vision-based algorithms that augment vision, sound, and graphics inputs from our surroundings to form an enhanced view of reality by superimposing computerized graphic & audio cues in our actual reality, thus making our experience a more wholesome one.

How AR Can Disrupt Traditional Oil Operational Functions

The way Augmented Reality (AR) has been disrupting traditional operations across fields, professions, and sectors like education, advertising, travel, and text interpretation, is the same way that it is set to make better oil operational functions. There are several ways that this is going to take place.

#1 – Augmented Reality-enabled wearables

The rise in the ability of the internet to cover the operations of many things has enabled those invested in wearables to be able to come up with wearables such as goggles, wrist monitors, and body sensors that can pick up on a lot of data that would otherwise not have been captured or may have been difficult or physically strenuous to acquire.

With the rise in the use of AR-enabled wearables, a design engineer or a supervisor, who usually during a day’s work, travels from the office to the plant at least five times to assess operations, no longer has to suit up with safety gear, get on the road and assess a situation.

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With plant workers outfitted with AR-enabled wearables that have a camera, amongst other sensors, and is then connected to the internet, the supervisor can through a computer screen view the latest happenings, assess problems, view data charts, and then proffer necessary recommendations.

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#2 – Education

With the help of AR, professionals outside the oil industry who have an imperfect understanding of what safety measures are like in certain places and the complexities involved in dealing with it can be given an immersive experience that places them virtually on-site therefore providing valuable knowledge.

Sometimes, it is impractical for investors or professionals who assist the industry to physically expose themselves to certain safety risks like geologic imbalances. AR helps to take that risk away while offering the same experience.

#3 – Training and Simulations

Those already in the oil industry know the excruciating amounts of time and energy that are always invested in training staff for the work they are to do once they get into the field.

AR is set to disrupt this as geologic data can be pulled and used to develop simulations for different types of resources and locations and practice carried out on the best types of techniques for handling various problematic scenarios, especially at offshore plants.

The cost and hazardousness of keeping engineers offshore for training especially in unstable geologic formations or disaster-prone areas can truly be upsetting.

That is why AR and VR would go a long way in helping the trainee engineers get quality real-time tutorials so that when they are now moved to wherever the rig is, you can be sure that they are at the top of their game.

#4 – Cost-Effectiveness

In the long run, the cost of buying AR, VR, and simulation equipment for training would be far less than most firms spend on the constant and most times unnecessary travels that their trainees and senior engineers have to engage in.

#5 – Research and Development

R&D is essential in every industry, and it is very much so in the oil industry. Planning and creating competitive advantages will make or break your business.

AR is a great tool that can help to manipulate and correct defective designs before they are implemented.

AR display screens can also help viewers understand the details and importance of design models shown to them; thus assisting remote collaboration.

That’s why at IngresQr, we believe that Augmented Reality is the game-changer for the oil sector.

Thus, we develop augmented reality models with animation videos showing assembly and disassembly processes, with learning points and gamification of skills testing and assessment with capability for performance data collation.

Our products are used to drive efficiency in operations by simulating real-life scenarios for training and operations purposes and the presentation of actionable information around tools, maintenance, and inventory management where it matters.

As the global AR market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent and reach $76 billion by 2030.

Combining AR with technologies like big data, and artificial intelligence will slowly but steadily disrupt traditional oil operational functions.