MAIN FEATURES OF THE PLATFORM
ABOUT THE PLATFORM
A powerful virtual-training where a photorealistic 3D graphic reproduction of industrial environments, weather conditions and gestures, involves the user in a sort of navigation through a faithful reproduction of the plant, making possible a true interaction, such as open and close hand-operated valves, start and stop pumps, carry out field readings and get information about the inside functioning of devices*.
One of the best application we have been experimented in this technology, is in the Oil &Gas industry where, cause of the high level of professionalism required, 3D Real Time Virtual Reality simulation delivers BENEFITS in several spheres, such as allowing Previsualization of plants and Virtual Commissioning, facilitating the Risk Management (HSE policies), simplifying the Maintenance and Repair Operation (MRO), supplying and improving users’ Performances in Operational Processes by the simulation of industrial procedures.
*VR-STAR® works on variable principle, thus the user, through its choices, can generate consequences on the device or the plant where is operating; it is possible to simulate chemical/physical reactions as well. Over all, the platform allows to visualize how failure processes are working during a bad functioning simulation, thanks to specific 3D cut-sections which describe the right steps to achieve the intervention.
MAIN FEATURES, CERTIFICATIONS AND REPORTS
HIGH QUALITY PHOTO-REALISTIC SCENARIO SIMULATION. Real time, high performances, 3D virtual reality engine enabling high resolution in photo-realistic scenario simulation.
It boosts: training retention, performance on the field thanks to the realistic point of reference that trainees gain
OPEN SOURCE 3D VIRTUAL REALITY ENGINE. An open source VR engine with full access to the core code, which allows: detecting of the cyber security threats, perfect mapping of processes and procedures.
NB 3rd party commercial engines do not allow access to the core code!
DYNAMIC SIMULATION OF PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL EVENTS. It is possible by:
- using proprietary chemical-physical simulator
- connecting to third party chemical-physical simulator
- connecting to DCS applications/control room
NB VR-STAR® provides an open black box for integration with 3rd party simulators and is already integrated with Dynsim by Invensys/Shneider, Unisim Design Suite by Honeywell, Aspen HYSYS Dynamics by Aspentech.
SIMULATION OF MECHANICAL-PHYSICAL EVENTS (KINEMATICS). Possibility to simulate events like movements of objects based on their weight, using kinematics simulation engines that works on mathematical models.
KINEMATICS is mandatory for maintenance repair operation (MRO) simulation.
IMMERSIVITY AND STEREOSCOPY. Immersion and stereoscopy enabling engagement and involvement.
Immersive training delivers better results in terms of tasks completions¹: lower average time needed to complete tasks, lower average number of mistakes done.
¹ A. Sowndararajan, R. Wang, D.A. Bowman – Quantifying the Benefits of Immersion fro Procedural Training – Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – 2010
AFTER ACTION REVIEW
AUGMENTED REALITY INFORMATION LAYERS. Allowing access to information (also real time simulation) on smart floating 3D layers, related to specific part of process that are being simulated.
It facilitate a deeper understanding of processes and procedures
FLUID AND GAS DYNAMIC SIMULATION
VOLUMETRIC WEATHER CONDITIONS
HR ASSESSMENT MODULE. It is made of two main features:
Tracking Certification Reporting (see also the section “certificates”)
- Tracking Operator’s performance over time and the best results reached
- Activity plan and certification expirations
Planning Controlling Execution
- Better planning and execution of training
- Higher level of control over training execution and results
- Compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements
- Higher precision is assigning the best operators to the right activities
NB THE MODULE IS INTEGRATED WITH LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PLATFORM SCORM and X-API READY
AUGMENTED REALITY SUPPORT TO FIELD OPERATORS. All the activities developed in the VR training can be translated into an augmented reality application that supports operators field in their tasks.
The Remote Training Center show with precision how tasks and activities need to be executed and completed.
CONNCECTION TO PLANT MAPS. It gives the possibility to drill down and access different layers of information (e.g. surveillance cameras).
This enhance a better support to safety in critical situations, risky interventions, ordinary and extraordinary operations, activities and plant security.
DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY TEAM.
TRAINING CERTIFICATION FEATURES for:
- tracking of performances and evolution of Operators’ results over time;
- tracking the best results reached;
- reporting the activity plan and certification expiration
- being legally compliant with all laws and regulations
After action Review allows follow-up on training sessions to reach higher efficacy levels. A dedicated UI widget with the controls necessary to record a training session. Recorded session can be played back to analyze multiple field operator’s performance for a specific scenario
OPERATOR TRAINING HISTORY COMPARISON can help to enhance the efficacy of training and help the instructor to correct operator’s behaviors