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Nuclear industry immersive training: Developing a virtual reality tool for personal protective equipment training

The aim of this project is to design and develop a virtual reality simulation training tool, which can be used by nuclear industry operatives to train procedures and processes relating to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The VRS training tool is an immersive, high fidelity, virtual reality training tool which will enable trainees to practise and rehearse procedures relating to PPE, to ensure that these procedures are effective and safe, before performing them in 'the real-world‘.

We have started testing this training tool at the Training Centre of Magnox Ltd., based at Oldbury Power Station. Initial results indicate that VRS training improved performance outcomes for learners, ultimately leading to improved safety outcomes. In addition, the training tool placed a lower time burden on personnel, and proved more cost effective than existing learning aids.
As such, the project is now developing the tool into fully functioning simulation training, which features more procedural details, enhanced analytics, and improved hazard identification stages. This updated version has since been tested with a team of workers at Hinkley Point (Somerset), with the data currently undergoing analysis by our team.

Funding and partners

The work is funded by a grant from Innovate UK and Sellafield Ltd. The VR development and delivery of training is provided by industry partners Cineon Training.

Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Dr Sam Vine.