Applications of AR/VR in 3 Leading Industries – Defence, Aerospace and Oil & Gas.


The technological revolution and advancement have changed the way businesses used to run around the world. Technologies like Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mobile technology, Robotics and Automation have completely transformed the way of working in various industries, especially in Defence, Aerospace and Oil & Gas.

From various perspectives, these technologies are playing an important role in the day to day business operations, on and off the ground and InfiVR is a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality business that uses AR and VR technology to solve the core issues of different companies in various industries by increasing efficiency, effectiveness, accuracy, and protection for their employees and customers. Manufacturing, aviation, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, aerospace, healthcare, and other key industries are among the companies that use VR and AR technology to provide creative solutions for product sales and marketing, product design, product support and maintenance, and simulated training and safety training for employees. Looking at the use cases of AR and VR, we can clearly say this technology will be the next big thing businesses will be embracing this decade. The global augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market size is expected to grow by USD 125.19 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 35% during the forecast period. So, let’s get started to deep dive into the future of AR and VR.

Here we are trying to find out the most use cases and applications of AR and VR in these three industries, Defence, Aerospace, and Oil & Gas.

Applications of AR/VR in the Defence industry

In this context, digitization of defence forces and the usage of futuristic technologies in the defence space is a must for Winnability. Here’s how AR/VR is being used in the defence industry.

Military Training: Training is nowhere in comparison to real combat. Military personnel needs to go under tough training to stay calm and make the right decision in the real battleground. To make this training more effective defence forces are using Synthetic Training Environment (STE), an AR system that helps train soldiers in a more immersive way, putting them into more physically and mentally stressful operational environments. AR and VR technologies save money, create a much safer environment for trainees, and help soldiers develop cognitive skills. InfiVR provides a variety of immersive environments for military training, ranging from real-time mission rehearsals to VR enabled shooting drills with extremely informative and personalised simulations. InfiVR has been working with Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Indian Navy to provide virtual reality-based training and simulation solutions for a few of the critical training requirements, be it virtual aircraft flight simulations or virtual reality training of critical assets maintenance and servicing. 

Medical training: AR and VR are being used more passively to help treat PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and to train new recruits, helping them adapt quickly, and with less anxiety, to military life. Medical professionals can view field surgery and front-line triage, helping them understand and empathise with injured patients quickly. 

Applications of AR/VR in the Aerospace Industry

From commercial plane manufacturers to aeronautics and space research agencies and aerospace equipment manufacturers are deploying augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) for a range of solutions. Here are some leading applications of AR/VR in the aerospace industry.

Training: AR/VR is Being used widely in knowledge transmission and training. AR/VR based training modules replicate the same live scenario in a realistic workplace to allow employees to take risks while working in demanding environments. This immersive learning increases the training efficiency where trainees get to know the things as they are working in a real environment.

Repair and maintenance: AR/VR makes virtual repair and maintenance possible. Remote collaboration between field technicians and remote experts is possible due to the efficiency of technology. It’s on the field now and being used worldwide.

Testing: This is not just a step-by-step guide and visual instructions using existing 3D CAD but makes it more comprehensive using real-time data availability which can be displayed on the mobile screen of the user. 

Applications of AR/VR in the Oil & Gas

In this dynamic industry, AR and VR are used in a wide variety of operations, including training, maintenance and planning. Here’s how AR and VR can solve many of the Core Oil and Gas industry challenges like riser inspection.

Maintenance & Operations: AR is being used in maintenance and operation at a large scale as it brings real-time information to the mobile glass screen of engineers where audio will coincide with whatever they see about the performance and operations of the machines. This makes work efficient and adds tremendous value by providing real-time and accurate information and thereby reduces inefficiencies and downtimes.

Virtual Reservoir: Virtual Reality is used to create a virtual reservoir for the engineers working on the rigs. This application takes the subsurface earth model and plugs it onto headgear for an enhanced visual experience on the move. The application allows a user to view the reservoir, wells, geological formation, Seismic traces etc. The comprehensive static earth model containing 3D seismic data, structural data such as zones and layers, planned well deviation surveys, logs, reservoir data, faults and horizons are loaded to the VR gear Once loaded on headgear, the subsurface data will be available to field users. Recently InfiVR has seen a surge in such requirements and since they have extensive training and are the preferred partner company of leading oil and gas companies to provide Virtual Reality based training solutions. InfiVR has provided Onshore and Offshore Oil Rig Safety training and various simulators which are required by Oil and Gas companies.  InfiVR is helping Oil and Gas companies to come up with innovative solutions which take their design review discussion to a new level.