27 January 2021
TWI Workshop / Forum on Augmented Reality in Welder Training
TWI is delighted to announce a digital interactive forum on the use of Augmented Reality technologies. We invite you to save the date!
Industrial trainers are increasingly utilising multimedia technologies that can enhance both engagement and effectiveness, when used in a supportive and supplementary manner. The recent disruption caused by Covid-19 has delivered a rapid and, probably, permanent rise in the use of such methods.
The development of 'immersive' technologies has extended the scope of this trend. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two key tools emerging.
TWI is proud of its global delivery of training in welding and related topics. We are also driven by many leading players in the Welding Equipment and Consumables Industry. This TWI Industrial Member segment underpins both proactive and reactive responses to other sector needs.
Our workshop will include contributions from these Members, TWI staff and end users. We will seek to establish a sounding board on 'immersive training', as it is, pro’s and con’s and where it is heading.
As potentially one of the World’s leading influencers in the topic, TWI and its Industrial Members can together create an informed view, and reference point, that is useful to all stakeholders in the technology.
Antonio Fernandez Perez
Business Development Director
Antonio has been highly involved in the digitalization of welding training in +50 countries with the technology of Augmented Reality, both in the Education sector (VET schools and Universities) and Industrial Companies (sectors like automotive, railway, energy, aerospace,...)
Antonio is currently the head of business at Seabery in Europe, Africa and Middle East and working actively with the welding industry to continue digitalizing training operations in order to attract the new generation of students to the welding trade and making welding training operations more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly.
Seabery is the leading company in the development training solutions powered by Augmented Reality and specialized in welding training.
Technology Manager - Arc Processes and Welding Engineering
Geoff Melton is a Technology Manager at TWI in the UK and is the Chairman of IIW commission VIII, 'Health, Safety and the Environment.' Since graduating from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with a degree in Physics and Electronics, he has worked in welding research and development for nearly 40 years. As well as chairing IIW commission VIII he is also the chair of CENELEC TC26 on electric welding equipment. Geoff was the first convenor of a working group set up between IEC and ISO to write a new series of international standards for arc welding equipment ( IEC 60974). This lead to developing standards for electromagnetic compatibility ( EMC) and the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in welding. At TWI, he leads a wide portfolio of research projects from welding fume to automated welding process developments for low/zero emissions automotive applications. Geoff also has a MBA from Loughborough University and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist.
Dr Jason Scales
Global Head of Education
Dr Jason Scales is responsible for strategic planning and the management of the company’s education team and product portfolio. Dr Scales serves on a number of boards and has participated in numerous speaking engagements, panels and bylined articles on the subject of the changing face of technical education and creating paths for addressing the current ‘skills gap’ in manufacturing and construction. Before joining Lincoln Electric, Dr Scales served on the staff at the University of Central Missouri as an Associate Professor of Agriculture following a career in agricultural education.