This article on the applications for virtual worlds in industry has been inspired by Irving Wladawsky-Berger.

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The best way to understand it is to enjoy a visit to The Forbidden City by registering at the link given below, downloading the application and literally playing with it.

This is a user interactive virtual tour of the Forbidden City and an introduction to how we could set up a Virtual World Application

This technology would be a great tool to model an automated factory where we could

  • Build training applications to simulate the factory and its day to day operations.
  • Use to hire staff and conduct interviews in an interactive environment
  • Model the equipment with it and simulate the actual operation
  • Simulate faults and train personnel on trouble shooting
  • Use to monitor the running of the equipment
  • Use to predict malfunctioning as well as lead us to root cause
  • Run quality programs
  • Use Design for Six Sigma & Design Thinking methodologies

Obviously there is considerable amount of work in achieving this level of sophistication.

I believe CAD Tools like SolidWorks have already started in a small way towards this effort.

Again we are looking at some mind boggling applications we could dream up to make American manufacturing competitive again.

I would challenge readers to suggest application for this neat Virtual World modelling concept. We will continue to scour the globe for interesting applications.