This article on the applications for virtual worlds in industry has been inspired by Irving Wladawsky-Berger.
You can view his articles at http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog/virtual_worlds/
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.