New VR simulation, training system set up at Dubai Municipality

NNTC, a UAE-based software developer and solution provider, along with its strategic partner CROC, a market leader in end-to-end IT solutions, announced the implementation of an advanced simulation and virtual reality (VR) powered training at Dubai Municipality Wastewater Treatment Plants and Drainage Network Department in Jebel Ali.

The nuances and scale of the training system, which includes a detailed virtual replica of factories using HTC VIVE’s advanced VR technology, make it a one-of-a-kind implementation in the region and beyond.

According to NNTC research, training delivered on VR simulators increases retention rates by up to 75%, improves work speed by up to 30%, and improves accuracy by up to 96%.

A recent study also found that 82% of 600 companies surveyed met or exceeded expected results after integrating virtual reality.

“Dubai is increasingly embracing smart city applications and a digital-first attitude for the efficiency, safety and sustainability these technologies inject into infrastructure,” remarked Dmitry Doshaniy, Managing Director of NNTC.

“Our custom VR simulators, such as the one we just built for Dubai Municipality, allow companies to train their staff in a safe, parallel digital environment. Employees can practice operating and maintenance procedures of the “equipment, process flow and interlocks, and can perform emergency operations. They can master new skills without increased risk and without affecting the operational process,” he noted.

The implementation for Dubai Municipality includes a training center and maintenance and operations training systems that rely on a “digital twin” as well as mathematical models of technological processes.

It also features over 7,000 interactive elements. Trainings are conducted using HTC’s Vive HMD headsets, which allow wearers to navigate and perform simulated tasks on three-dimensional models.

According to the Dubai Municipality, the new VR training center aims to increase the productivity of employees in processing plants by up to 7%, through the development of skills of employees in training on the VR system, in addition to the contribution of specialized training programs supported by VR technology to reduce human error by 50%.

This results in savings on maintenance and operating costs, at a rate equivalent to 5% of the budget allocated for this purpose. It also helps to reduce emergency downtime of equipment and the treatment process by 30%, which is reflected in the quantity and quality of treated water.

HTC VIVE’s high-resolution VR headsets deliver an incredible level of photorealism for the ultimate immersive experience, and it’s exciting for us to be part of Dubai Municipality’s new training system,” he added.

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