The UAE-based software developer, NNTC, has partnered with CROC, a provider of end-to-end IT solutions, to implement an advanced, virtual reality powered simulation and training system at Dubai Municipality’s Sewage Treatment Plants and Drainage Network Department in Jebel Ali.
It is the first-of-its-kind implementation in the region owing to its enormous scale that also incorporates a detailed virtual replica of the plants using HTC VIVE’s VR technology.
Dmitry Doshaniy, General Manager at NNTC, stated that Dubai is increasingly embracing smart-city applications and a digital-first attitude that helps run the city with enhanced efficiency, safety, and sustainability.
“Our customized VR simulators, such as the one we have just built for Dubai Municipality, allow enterprises to train their personnel in a safe, parallel digital environment. Employees can practice equipment operation and maintenance procedures, process flow, and interlocks, and can conduct emergency drills. They can master new skills without increased risk and without affecting the operational process,” said Doshaniy.
The entire project comprises a training facility and maintenance and operations training systems functioning with a ‘digital twin’ and mathematical models of the technological processes, featuring over 7,000 interactive elements. The sessions are hosted through HTC’s Vive headsets that allow participants to navigate the 3D simulations.
“VR-based training is a powerful tool – it builds skills, muscle memory, reduces equipment downtime, and, above all, means employees can train safely, even when practicing life-saving emergency safety scenarios. HTC VIVE’s high-resolution VR headsets offer an amazing level of photorealism for the ultimate immersive experience, and it’s exciting for us to be a part of Dubai Municipality’s new training system,” said Daniel Khayat, Head of product, HTC MEA.
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