We embarked on a brand new challenge in the field of simulation with the creation of a “3D Cave Simulator”, which aims to train track maintenance staff for safety procedures, assess their response time in stressful environment and certify their skills.
Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager which ordered the project, is the first Infrastructure manager in the world to benefit from this technology. It reduces railway risks for track workers.
The 3D Cave Track Simulator consists of a platform surrounded by 3D screens that recreates the environment of agents working on tracks. The simulator immerses trainees into their daily environment and provides a very accurate and realistic experience of training while keeping students safe from traffic exposure and related security issues.
Multiple exercises can be simulated in different virtual geographical areas of the network and go from standard to abnormal or stressful situations. Trainees can thus acquire or hone appropriate reflexes, thereby reducing risks of accident in the field.
Transurb also provided an observer wall to allow trainees to follow their colleagues carrying out the simulation exercise. The simulation is supervised via the instructor station which includes a Learning Management System and centralises all the data pertaining to training, tests and results, certificates of expertise…
This new training program will improve the overall quality of agents’ training and result in a major improvement in terms of track safety.