OE 2015: GE's Virtual Reality Subsea Experience

OE 2015: GE's Virtual Reality Subsea Experience
Rigzone gave GE's new Subsea Experience virtual reality demonstration a try at this year's Offshore Europe show in Aberdeen.

GE Oil & Gas is using the Offshore Europe 2015 show, being held in Aberdeen this week, to show off its GE Subsea Experience virtual reality demonstration, which features the new Oculus Rift headset.

On Tuesday, the first day of the show, Rigzone got to try out the GE Subsea Experience. We plunged the depths of offshore Brazil in a virtual submarine and experienced a visual feast of subsea equipment, from GE's Deepwater Vertical Xmas Tree (DVXT) – which was launched last August – to a subsea factory that includes water treatment facilities and compressors. While down there, Rigzone also got to see an ROV carrying out inspections.

The Oculus Rift technology, combined with the detailed graphics of GE's virtual reality system, provide for a very rich experience that helps illuminate the complexity and achievement of getting highly-engineered equipment to work deep beneath the surface of the sea.

GE will be demonstrating its Subsea Experience for the rest of the week at Offshore Europe, so we recommend that visitors to the show give it a try.

OE 2015: GE's Virtual Reality Subsea Experience
A VR view of GE's Deepwater Vertical Xmas Tree.
OE 2015: GE's Virtual Reality Subsea Experience
Rigzone European Editor Jon Mainwaring wears the Oculus Rift headset while submitting himself to the Subsea Experience.
OE 2015: GE's Virtual Reality Subsea Experience
A rendering of a subsea factory concept.

A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com


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