GE Hitachi and Virtualware revolutionize workforce training through VR
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Virtualware introduce today a revolutionary concept for workforce training based on Virtual Reality Immersive Rooms. GE Hitachi will provide the OEM expertise, the training content, and the process knowhow, and Virtualware will provide the award-winning Enterprise VR Solution VIROO Immersive Room, along with training simulators, in different locations around the world.
VIROO enables any organisation to launch 1:1 scale and multi-user virtual reality content, by means of a patented tracking technology and a software platform. This platform will allow GE Hitachi to operate and manage the rooms efficiently, as well as generate and include new content to provide not only standard training solutions, but just-in-time bespoke solutions associated to complex nonstandard works as well. VIROO is the key to turning advanced technology into a simple and accessible tool for GE Hitachi teams.
The first content simulator developed is aimed to train workers in fuel movement operations, using a physical replica of the necessary equipment connected directly to the virtual environment. The fuel movement process is a complex and highly skilled activity that requires top level expertise and training, as well as outstanding coordination between the different parties involved during the fuel movement process.
The fuel movement simulator is part of a new generation of simulators that GE Hitachi in alliance with Virtualware will release for operation during the coming years, not only for the BWR technology but PWR and D&D as well.
“For Virtualware, this announcement is a major milestone in our history. Not only does it position us at a global level, but it also reaffirms the commitment we made 3 years ago to develop a product like VIROO, which is the basis of this agreement”
says Unai Extremo, VIrtualware CEO
This initiative will improve the capabilities of professionals through intensive training and contribute to the reduction of both costs and risks. In addition, these systems will help Nuclear customers to have just-in-time bespoke training solutions on site that will contribute to the reduction of operational costs associated with training and quality issues.
“GE Hitachi will be responsible for creating the next generation of training simulators for nuclear processes. Simulators that will allow us to be more competitive in training and coaching our people, and our customers’ workers. In addition, we will gather information about how people follow the processes, allowing us to improve them. This is the first step towards a new world, the world of immersive technology, in which GE Hitachi will play a leading role by pioneering its application to the nuclear sector“
according to Ricardo Moreno, GE Hitachi VP for Europe