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December 19, 2014

Nuclear Training VR: Next-Generation Disaster Preparedness

When disaster strikes a nuclear power plant, sometimes you only get once chance to fix the problems and save lives.

When disaster strikes a nuclear power plant, sometimes you only get once chance to fix the problems and save lives. So of course, reactor engineers need special training to stay cool and collected during a crisis. While special simulator rooms can provide this instruction, the good ones are hard to come by and can be very costly.

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Enter Nuclear Training VR – a virtual disaster POC developed by Bully! that features a faithful VR reproduction of a reactor control room where trainees can interact using Oculus Rift headsets. When an earthquake cripples the power plant and puts the facility into crisis mode, participants are tested on their stress levels during the simulated disaster.

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The goal of the experiment is to ‘raise the blood pressure’ of the trainees, to give them a taste of what it’s like during an actual crisis. Early trials of the virtual training simulation are promising and demonstrate just how effectively VR can immerse someone in a virtual world – earthquakes or otherwise!

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