3-D ETC (3-D Experiential Training Company) has reached a new milestone using its immersive 3-D technology for safety training. With the recent addition of training programs for NASA’s Aircraft Operations Division, the Pentagon, the U.S. Department of Defense and several healthcare institutions, 3-D ETC has now trained more than 40,000 people since it began delivering safety training programs for commercial, industrial and government organizations in 2005.

“3-D technology makes a real difference in training effectiveness,” said Dave Hodgson, President of 3-D ETC. “It’s compelling, life-like, and memorable. It takes subjects that are sometimes routine or taken for granted by employees and makes them more interesting and exciting. 3-D has such an impact on people that the experience stays with them for a long time.”

3-D immersion technology offers several unique features such as stereo imagery which puts the participant in the middle of the action and binaural sound which creates hyper-real audio fidelity. The net effect is to engage the senses and create the space for long-term retention of the information – something that is sorely missed in most of today’s traditional training programs, according to Hodgson.

“We customize our 3-D training programs to meet the needs of each client,” said Hodgson. “For the Pentagon, we created four new 3-D videos to address key safety issues for Pentagon Reservation employees, customers, contractors, and the public. NASA utilized our ‘Safety, The Right Choice’ program, which is an innovative way to motivate employees towards taking ownership and accountability for their own safety both on and off the job. Hospitals are using the proven high impact of 3-D video technology to address three of the most common health care problems – hand hygiene, misadministration of medicine, and communication during patient handoffs.”

3-D ETC offers various options for providing 3-D immersive training to customers. For example, a system called a 3-D POD (Playback On Demand) enables up to 12 employees to connect 3-D headsets directly to a training station that allows viewers to simultaneously experience the 3-D video; or individuals can connect to a single-user Kiosk and enjoy the 3-D experience at their convenience.