How L&D Can Lead Company-Wide VR Transformation


Masica laura 300
VP of People Experiences, Daikin Applied
Dewhirst brian 300
Sr. Manager of Learning Technology, Daikin Applied
President, The Gronstedt Group
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In Training Magazine Network’s second “Learning from the Leading Edge” panel discussion we will unpack the opportunities VR can bring to learning with a case study from Daikin Applied Americas, a division of the global leader in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Laura Masica, VP of People Experiences, and Brian Dewhirst, Sr. Manager of Learning Technology will share how Daikin Applied created a virtual showroom and classroom visualizing its complex and giant products. The session is moderated by Dr. Anders Gronstedt, President of Gronstedt Group, which developed the VR program for Daikin.
The industrial HVAC market produces large rooftop and chiller products that are technically complex, requiring highly specialized education in scientific principles and experiential training. Yet the sheer scale of these solutions makes them difficult to share with customers. VR makes concepts easier to understand by visualizing the invisible, playing with scale and perspective in a completely immersive environment: Poke your head inside a chiller and watch its inner workings from any angle. Making the products readily accessible to the sales organization is key to their ability to sell these six-and-seven-figure investments. Introducing VR into the sales channel has been a game-changer in Daikin Applied’s sales and learning success. Leveraging cross-platform, multi-player 3D solutions from phones and giant touch screens to VR headsets allows them to bring products to engineers and customers with ease.
The panelists will explain how aligning a VR solution with business goals and leveraging across multiple business functions is crucial to leadership buy-in. Ultimately, the goal of the project was to create a VR solution to showcase a key Daikin Applied product for its marketing, sales, and training audiences. They also wanted to establish VR as a common learning modality for exploring products, demonstrating complex concepts, learning how their designs work, and supporting the sales process. The panelists will demo how reps and customers interact seamlessly with each other as they visualize competitive differentiators with “x-ray” vision inside the chiller.
In this session, you will learn how to:
  • Onboard your organization to VR as a tool, first, then showcase it as a learning modality
  • Develop robust VR solutions that can be utilized for several company processes including sales presentations, sales support, talent recruiting, and learning
  • Show executive leadership and the organization as a whole the value of VR
  • Understand how robust VR solutions can be categorized as capital expenditures and funded as such in your organization
Host: Anders Gronstedt, Ph,D. President of the Gronstedt Group

About Laura Masica

Laura Masica, VP of People Experiences, Daikin Applied, brings over 20 years of experience in adult learning focusing on both technical and behavioral education. Her goal is to drive business value through education. She has a passion around leveraging technology to reinforce learning. Laura has experience supporting all types of learning including leadership, manufacturing, safety, food safety, finance, human resources, change management, diversity, and inclusion. She also has a background in human resources and finance, and has held multiple roles in each. Laura holds a masters of education degree from the University of Minnesota and a business/accounting degree from the College of St. Catherine. She joined Daikin Applied Americas in 2018.

About Brian Dewhirst

Brian Dewhirst, Sr. Manager of Learning Technology, Daikin Applied, brings over 10 years of experience in new technology selection and implementation, system administration, and process improvement. His goal is to be at the intersection of business and technology using systems and tools to drive business value. Brian has a breadth of experience supporting all types of learning including virtual reality, ERP implementations, merchandising, sourcing, finance, and safety. Brian has held multiple roles in IT and change management. Brian holds an MBA and MA in international management from Hamline University, and a business communications degree from NDSU. Brian joined Daikin Applied Americas in 2019.

About Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D.

Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D., is president of The Gronstedt Group, which is instrumental in helping global companies like Walmart, Pfizer, Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Daikin improve performance with their custom-developed multi-player VR simulations and learning games. He is a frequent industry speaker and writer with articles appearing in the Harvard Business Review.

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