VR is being trialled by the GasFields Commission at a variety of rural industry events.
VR is being trialled by the GasFields Commission at a variety of rural industry events.

How VR is educating landholders on coal seam gas

QUEENSLAND’S GasFields Commission has moved in to the world of virtual reality, developing a new VR coal seam gas well experience for landholders and those interested in the industry.

The virtual reality program encourages people to interact with the gas well, teleport to key pieces of infrastructure, pick them up and inspect them in detail and travel underground to investigate how the well operates below the surface.

It was designed to fill information gaps, picked up by Commission staff at regional workshops, who found that often people seeking information about the gas industry had never seen a gas well up close.

The VR experience has been designed to both educate people about how the gas well works and allow them get up close to the structure.

“One of the really cool parts of virtual reality is that it can also be projected up onto a wall or large screen so that the rest of the group can see what the user is doing inside the virtual world,” GasFields Commission communications director Murray Cornish said.

“If you’ve never tried virtual reality before, try to imagine an immersive video game that you can interact with.

“We think it’s an exciting way to make use of emerging technology to allow people to explore a paddock with a gas well in it on their own terms”.

Once someone enters the VR experience, they are transported to a paddock complete with gas well, trees, a tractor, a four-wheel drive, and cattle – one of the cows even enjoys a scratch behind the ears.

The technology is in the early stages of being rolled out at rural industry events, including the Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma, and the South Queensland Energy and Resources Expo.


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