VR incident training
as featured in the February 2017 edition of The Australian Mining Review
Safety critical workplaces demand high quality training as emergency responses need to be automatic and effective; there's no time to waste.
Repetition is the key to rapid and appropriate response, but building response scenarios to practise with is expensive and potentially risky.
Simulation has long been used to support incident management training with a range of tools, from the hypothetical discussion exercise to field (live) exercises, such as those used in mines rescue. Trainers have recognised that immersion in the problem promotes learning, rehearses response, and reinforces appropriate behaviour.
Simulation-based training is increasingly used to develop the complex knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to manage multifaceted problems, such as a disaster. It is used to build teamwork and decision making skills in many industries, including health, military, emergency services, government, utilities and financial services.
Virtual Reality (VR) simulations can be used to test the validity of plans, the readiness of facilities and teams, and identify areas for improvement. They are used to practice procedures, drills, communication and teamwork, as well as orientate or reorient personnel to the work environment and conditions.
Advances in virtual reality make scenario-based training a cost-effective and realistic alternative for industrial fire-fighting, rescue and security responses.
‘Drag and drop’ technologies make it possible for trainers to create learning experiences that are limited only by their imagination. 3D imagery, including Oculus, Vive and Igloo have created new ways to immerse learners in a virtual scene. Hybrid solutions – such as a projection wall as a backdrop to using real equipment – can be easily developed.
Control room simulations, with ‘virtual’ cctv can improve operators’ skills with regular practise based on ‘real’ visual cues.
VR simulation reduces the cost of training responders by allowing them to rehearse and practice skills, particularly assessment, reconnaissance and decision-making, without building expensive props. Similarly, VR allows emergency response teams to practise their communication skills using visual and auditory cues from the virtual environment.
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