Virtalis brings 3D to Alstom Grid Training
Alstom Grid is introducing Virtalis Virtual Reality (VR) into its training courses. The company has taken delivery of a Virtalis ActiveMove VR system and is commissioning further 3D models to form the basis of new immersive VR training.
Jemylia Raimbault, Sales and Marketing Manager for Alstom Grid’s Technical Institute in Aix-les-Bains, explained: “Our ActiveMove is currently beginning its journey round our 15 training centres dotted around the globe. Everyone who has experienced it is utterly convinced of the benefits 3D brings, but we recognise we’ve a long road to travel before 3D content is properly integrated into our training courses. However, we are industry leaders rather than followers, so we’ve got a lot of hard work to do!”
ActiveMove is a transportable, interactive, 3D visualisation system that is setting the industry benchmark for both price and performance. ActiveMove combines best in class technology and is part of the Virtalis ActiveWorks family of 3D immersive visualisation solutions. Alstom’s ActiveMove system makes use of the Optoma range of 3D projectors with an Intersense tracking system, powered by a Dell workstation. With ActiveMove, data can not only be visualised in stereoscopic 3D, but also the system enables full immersion and interaction, thanks to Virtalis’ integrated head and hand tracking solution. This added functionality alters the perspective of the visuals according to the user’s position and orientation within the scene. The hand held controller allows the immersive experience to be enhanced further. The user can navigate through the virtual world, pick and manipulate component parts in real time and make decisions on the fly.
Alstom Grid Technical Institute offers a full range of training in electrical grid safety, operations, maintenance, protection, control and management. Trainers at the 15 Institutes have the highest levels of expertise and currently deliver over 200 different training courses.
Raimbault added: “We chose Virtalis because they understand our industry and are well known VR integrators. They also have invaluable experience gained from developing VR models both of our hardware and that of Areva T&D, whose legacy hardware is still in use. We are working with other training companies to develop courses which will feature these impressive Virtalis models and display systems.”