November/December 2012

Invensys supplies virtual reality training to Department of Energy

Invensys Operations Management implemented an operator-training simulator for the U.S. Department of Energy using SimSci-Esscor EYESIM virtual reality training solution.

Designed for use within integrated gasification combined cycle power plants with carbon capture, and implemented at the National Energy Technology Laboratory's Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research Center in Morgantown, W.Va., the EYESIM solution uses 3-D virtual reality simulation to help train power plant control room and field operators. Wearing a stereoscopic headset, IGCC field operators are immersed in a virtual environment with the ability to move throughout the plant, coordinating their activities with control room operators and interacting as if they were in the actual facility.

The EYESIM solution is also fully integrated with plant operating models, built on Invensys operations management's SimSci-Esscor DYNSIM dynamic simulation software, so actions taken by a field operator affect the plant's process, and actions performed in the control room change the information visible to the field operator. Fully interactive animations respond and react to the actions of plant personnel, illustrating how various pieces of equipment will operate under almost any scenario and condition. As a result, field and control room operators learn to collaborate and perform as a team.

-News brief courtesy of Automation.com