Improving training with safe, realistic simulations.
Since information about specific turbine technologies is proprietary and can’t be taught at technical schools, VR Vision took elements from the different types of technologies and put them into one experience. Now trainees can practice as many times as they want, and they can easily learn how to troubleshoot all the different turbine models.
The training modules offer a close simulation of how turbines run, and they even create the same feeling of being in tall, enclosed spaces that technicians experience when they’re inside the giant structures. Akey notes that 75% of the turbine technicians at Avangrid Renewables are 25-35 years old, so they expect highly realistic simulations — and VR Vision delivered.
The modules also clearly convey the consequences of technician errors. “It takes a certain number of steps to shut down a turbine,” says Akey. “When those steps aren’t completed in the right order, serious injury and/or equipment damage may result.” Small mistakes are recorded in the VR experiences, but if a trainee does something that would cause a major problem in real life, that triggers the experience to shut down so the trainee can review procedures and start over.