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High Voltage Electrical Safety Training

DTEK Case, Ukraine

Industry

Energy sector

What is used

DTEK is the largest private energy holding in Ukraine. It’s currently growing in line with global trends, using innovative technology and a digital transformation program for sustainable growth. VR solution offered by DTEK allows to speed up the staff training in a safer environment.

Problem


High occupational risks during hands-on training at a thermal power plant.

Objective


An effective and cost-saving virtual reality training course for power engineers aimed at improving the learning experience by increasing immersion in a production process while avoiding occupational risks.

Solution

Full-body Teslasuit

The innovation of the training solution lies in the use of the Teslasuit haptic feedback system, which provides a deeper immersion in the virtual environment. The Haptic feedback system helps workers remember an algorithm for repair operations which will help them avoid making mistakes when tackling demanding tasks. Errors made by a power engineer during a training session are immediately captured by the software. Simultaneously, Teslasuit responds with an electric discharge, which serves as a reminder about one's responsibility for their safety. At the same time, the biometric system of the suit analyzes human performance and health.

Unreal Engine based training simulator

The virtual reality app realistically recreates rooms, tools, and devices used by power engineers. The scenario considers the sequence of steps, the result of correct and incorrect actions, the ability to prevent and correct errors, the use of various tools and other features of equipment maintenance at power plants. Visual and voice prompts keep users informed of tasks and steps to follow.

Application for keeping records and assessing results

The application allows the instructor to keep records of the training process; assess performance, add new trainees to the database; start and put scenarios on pause; monitor the sequence of tasks.

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Results

By adopting the latest immersive learning technologies, DTEK has created a scalable and effective training solution for power engineers. Newcomers can now learn and practice in an accurately reconstructed VR environment of a virtual power plant without any danger to their health or company equipment.

  • The use of haptic technology enhances the overall effectiveness of training, improves the quality of training, and reduces the risk of injury through greater self-control at the time of decision-making.
  • Developing a unique model of using positive and negative reinforcement methods based on the Teslasuit’s haptic technology.
  • Enhancing the speed of learning process due to a full body immersion experience and better perception of more realistic sensations after each interaction with virtual twin object.
  • Accuracy and personal approach due to detailed real time performance data provided for each user.