Immersive simulator aimed at training the next generation of engineers

Markets: 
Industry-40 , Training



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1 Client: 

Tecnatom

2 Situation: 

Virtualware is a pioneer in virtual reality for industrial training. Serving international companies who thrive on gaining a competitive advantage through the use of innovative technology. Our latest B2B Project has seen our development team work closely with the engineering giant Tecnatom developing training simulations for nuclear power plants.

3 Solution: 

Virtualware has developed an immersive simulator aimed at training the next generation of Tecnatoms engineers. Through a process of careful co-design, using the latest in agile methodologies and UX research we have successfully launched a training environment that prepares employees for operating valves in Tecnatoms nuclear power stations.

Tecnatom requested a virtual simulation with a high level of immersion bridging the gap between the virtual and real world to ensure transfer of skills when training in virtual reality. Our solution uses an HTC Vive virtual reality headset combined with a LEAP optical tracking sensor that enables the user to have their hands represented in virtual reality. This system, when combined with real world hardware creates a high level of realism yet still provides digital feedback presented in the virtual environment. In this application, Tecnatom wished to have a mixture of real hardware – consisting of a set of steel valves – and a virtual environment.

The application has two modes, a ‘guided mode’ features our virtual assistant who communicates the objectives of the training paradigm and provides real time feedback on performance. Alternatively, in ‘free training mode’, the operator is provided with no cues for the training, instead they are required to apply their skills based on prior training.

User performance in the simulation is tracked via individual user profile allowing supervisors to review training outcomes. The supervisor is able to generate reports specific to each operators’ performance - allowing trainees to be assessed quickly at scale.

4 Results: 

Virtual reality training applications have been shown to help in:

  • Acquiring knowledge of complex processes through rote learning in a safe and flexible virtual environment.
  • Easy tracking of user performance and efficacy of training protocols.
  • Deployable training that does not require the operator to be on-site.
  • Increased attention to training methods in an immersive virtual environment.