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Scott Mcmillan, Manager of Technology and Innovation at Melbourne Water
If you go to any Virtual Reality conference I can almost guarantee that throughout the day someone will mention both of these things in their presentation:1. Where Virtual Reality sits on the Gartner Hype Cycle, and; 2. A reminder that you shouldn’t try to make a particular technology fit your problem. Start with the problem and find a technology that will suit it. I actually used to be one of the presenters that would reiterate the second point. However, now I think it’s over simplistic advice and is no longer helpful for people that are serious about trying something different in their business. The best way to use each specific technology is to its strength. There is rarely a standalone technology that is a silver bullet for your problem. So I’ve taken my own advice and, at Melbourne Water, we’re currently working on building what we think is one of the most impressive industrial training systems in the world. I know that probably sounds like a big statement to make - but let me first explain why I think it’s so ground breaking. To give some background, you need to understand what Melbourne Water does. Our business might sound like simple and straightforward. But, like for many water companies, a lot of our work happens underground and out of sight of the general public. Our sewer network spreads across 10,000 square kilometres and working in this environment can be tough!