A young Mexican develops video game to save livesBy Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
The objective of this videogame is to train oil workers, in order to avoid accidents caused by mishandling the chemicals’ equipment.
The oil industry has hundreds of workers that day after day make the sector thrive and prosper. However, according to statistics working in the oil industry may turn into a dangerous task, because countless accidents may occur when the adequate precautions aren’t taken.
According to Petroleos Mexicanos’ (Pemex) exploration and production division, between the years 2007 and 2013 an average of 110 accidents a year unfortunately took place.
One of the main causes of death and accidents in this industry is the lack of training toward the workforce, as it is extensive, complex and impractical to use PowerPoint presentations and endless hand manuals. This leads to several workers no to be well prepared, since they don’t finish their training which ultimately in the long or short run, can affect everyone.
Enter: 26-year-old Mexican Javier Rayon, student of the Videogame Creation career of SAE Institute Mexico. He saw this great problematic and decided to create a solution. His project consists of using virtual reality to transport workers to real high risk situations, where they’ll have to test their knowledge.
According to the young creator once workers dominate the virtual environment, they can move on to real life with the tools needed to significantly reduce the probability of an accident.
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