The virtual reality for the safety of railway infrastructure workers

We embarked on a brand new challenge in the field of simulation with the creation of a “3D Cave Track Simulator”, which aims to train track maintenance staff for safety procedures, assess them and certify their skills. 

CLIENTInfrabel: the Belgian railway infrastructure manager
PROJECT3D Cave Track Simulator
AWARDSWon- RailTech Innovation Award 2017 – Category : Public Transport (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager which ordered the project, is the first 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 without traffic exposure and related security issues.

Multiple exercises can be simulated in different virtual geographical areas of the network. Exercises range from standard to abnormal or stressful situations. Trainees will 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…

We are convinced that our program will improve the overall quality of agents training and that our solution is a major improvement in terms of track safety.

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