February 14, 2022 – NNTC, a UAE-based software developer and solutions provider, along with strategic partner CROC, a provider of end-to-end IT solutions, have recently announced the implementation of an advanced, virtual reality (VR) powered simulation and training system at Dubai Municipality’s Sewage Treatment Plants and Drainage Network Department in Jebel Ali.
The nuances and scale of the training system, which includes a detailed virtual replica of the plants using HTC VIVE’s VR technology, make this a first-of-its-kind implementation in the region, according to NNTC.
According to Dmitry Doshaniy, General Manager at NNTC, Dubai is increasingly embracing smart-city applications and a digital-first attitude for the efficiency, safety and sustainability that technologies such as VR inject into its infrastructure.
Commenting on NNTC’s training solutions, Doshaniy said: “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.”
The implementation for Dubai Municipality comprises a training facility and maintenance and operations training systems which leverage a ‘digital twin’ as well as mathematical models of the technological processes. It also features over 7,000 interactive elements. Training sessions are conducted using HTC’s Vive headsets, which allow wearers to navigate and execute simulated tasks across three-dimensional models.
According to Dubai Municipality, the new VR training hub aims to increase employee productivity in treatment plants by up to 7% by developing the skills of employees undergoing training on the system, as well as reduce human errors by 50% through specialized training programs supported by the VR technology.
This will hopefully result in savings in maintenance costs and operation, at a rate equivalent to 5% of the budget allocated for this. NNTC added that the training hub will also contribute towards reducing the emergency downtime of equipment and the treatment process by 30%, which should be reflected in the quantity and quality of treated water.
“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.
For more information on NNTC and its virtual reality training solutions for the utilities sector, please visit the company’s website.
Image credit: Dubai Municipality Twitter
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