Brightwave approached Make Real to create virtual reality (VR) content for their client, Network Rail. Network Rail training provides a range of safety critical courses for those operating on the UK railways. The Controller of Site Safety (COSS) is a person qualified with Network Rail to ensure safe practice for work occurring on or near rail infrastructure.
With low engagement for traditional training methods, this highly safety-critical course and role was an ideal candidate for introducing VR to the training mix of Network Rail. A blended learning environment was created, where the objective was to enable a team of four COSS trainees to work collaboratively, with one in VR and the others directing.
Four scenarios were covered: placement of spotter lookouts, in clear and reduced-visibility conditions, plus two emergency scenarios. The emergency scenarios required the trainees to follow correct procedures to ensure safety of the maintenance gang and the line.
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